EVENTS

   

UPCOMING EVENTS


April 2021

Learning from Leaders – The Government of the Basque Country Shares Their SPLC Award-winning Green Public Procurement Commitment Program

20 April 2021, 18:00 - 19:00

This free one-hour webinar is your chance to learn from the SPLC's Overall Program Leadership Award Winner for 2020, the government of the Basque Country in Spain.

In 2016 the Government of the Basque Country launched a green public procurement commitment program encouraging all public agencies in the region to commit to annual GPP Planning and reporting, in an effort to boost sustainable public procurement. The results have been stunning, with participating organizations integrating environmental requirements in 46% of all tenders, and 80% of those environmentally conditioned tenders met by companies located in Basque Country!

Hear from two speakers involved in developing and supporting the program to learn the secrets to its success, and how you might follow their lead to drive similar results. You will come away with ideas and inspiration to move your sustainable procurement programs forward and to make a critical difference in today's world.

Register here.


The COVID-19 legacy: More resilient procurement strategies?

OECD Infrastructure and Public Procurement Webinar Series
21 April 2021, 09:30 - 11:15

This webinar will focus on how procurement strategies can adapt to an increasingly volatile environment while shaping the future of public services.

The panel will share a wealth of experiences in designing resilient procurement strategies which account for the changing environment caused by the current pandemic. From Australia to Denmark, from academics to practitioners, we will discuss how procurement strategies can make public services more resilient and how, collectively, institutions can leverage public procurement to achieve the daunting task of building back better economies and safer societies. 

Register here.

 PANELLISTS:

• Prof. Rafael Ramirez, Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and Professor of Practice

• Mr. William Monoghan, Chair of Australia and New Zealand Health Procurement Roundtable

• Ms. Katharina Knapton-Vierlich, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission

• Mr. Bent Madsen, CEO, National Building Fund, Denmark

• Mr. John Williams, Senior Procurement Specialist, World Bank


NORDIC MARKET DIALOGUE ON ZERO EMISSION DELIEVERY OF GOODS

21 April 2021, 09:00 - 14:00

Twelve cities in the Nordic countries have joined forces in a joint Nordic procurement initiative. The goal is to get zero emission delivery of goods, to develop Nordic companies, get greener and more innovative solutions, and to make sure that the public sector cooperate more with the private sector.

On the 21th of April, the supplier market is invited to a digital conference where the cities will present their needs and upcoming procurements, and were suppliers can pitch their solutions to the public buyers. The event is open for interested parties outside the Nordic countries who wants to learn more about the initiative, how we approach the market and which new innovative solutions supplier market can offer on zero emission deliveries.

Click on the link for information and registration to the conference.

Organisers: ZERO, The National programme for Supplier Development, The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management (DFØ)

You can find more information about the Nordic initiative here

 


What’s behind the deal? Innovative trade tools to increase the sustainability and transparency of global value chains

26 April 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

This webinar will take a closer look at the changing landscape of trade over the past several decades, how international trade agreements interact with global value chains, and focus on some innovative examples of trade tools which can help to affect the sustainability and transparency of these value chains. Panelists include UNCTAD, the International Trade Centre, and Rainforest Alliance. The webinar will be moderated by the German Economic Institute

This webinar is the second in a series throughout 2021 which will focus on a particular theme or message of the One Planet network. Register here.

Agenda

14h - 14h05

Welcome remarks from the Moderator (Dr. Adriana Neligan - Senior Economist for Green Economy and Resource Economics - German Economic Institute)

14h05 - 14h20

Introduction: The changing trade landscape and approaches to increase the sustainability of global value chains (Prof. Dr. Galina Kolev - Senior Economist, Head of the Research Group Macroeconomic Analyses and Business Cycles - German Economic Institute)

14h20 - 14h30

Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Building back better in the food value chain  (Ms. Rubi Lambert - Sustainability Expert - UNCTAD)

14h30 - 14h40

Standards Map: Using technology to increase the traceability of products along the value chain (Mr. Mathieu Lamolle-  Senior Advisor, Sustainability Standards & Value Chains - International Trade Centre)

14h40 - 14h50

Overcoming fragmentation: Increasing the competitiveness of small producers in Honduras (Rainforest Alliance)

14h50 - 15h25

Discussion and Questions

15h25 - 15h30

Final thoughts from the moderator (Dr. Adriana Neligan - Senior Economist for Green Economy and Resource Economics - German Economic Institute)


The European Union as a Circular Economy: Command & Control?

30 April 2021, 09:00 - 12:30

This online conference at Utrecht University aims to evaluate and discuss two particular paradigm shifts, namely the changing role of EU public procurement law, and the enhancing role of rules for circular product policy, in light of future steps to be taken.

Admission is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Please register your attendance prior to this event by sending an email to ms. Neisingh at secretariaatIERSBR@uu.nl, after which you will receive the webinar link and further instructions.

More information and agenda here.

This conference is convened by prof. Chris Backes and dr. Willem Janssen (respectively working at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) and the Utrecht University Centre for Public Procurement (UUCePP) / the Utrecht Centre for Regulation & Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE)).

This event is kindly supported by the Utrecht University Hub ‘Towards a Circular Economy and Society’ and the European Law Institute (Environmental Law SIG).


May 2021

How to procure e-Mobility solutions

6 May 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

To present the White Paper: How to procure e-Mobility solutions and to further explain it, a series of webinars will take place on the 6th and 19th of May. The goal of these events is to dive into the concepts described in the e-Mobility paper and to have small interactive meetings.

The webinars will be held in groups of 15 people.
The interactive webinar is organized by Corvers and costs € 275,- incl. 21% VAT. After payment you will receive your own personal link to the webinar. More information here.


Agenda


10.00-10.10    Why a growing number of European public authorities are purchasing e-Mobility solutions?

10.10-10.40     The Eafip Methodology

10.40-11.00    Enhancing the competitiveness of european companies by guarantying a level playing field

11.00-11.20    How to incorporate social and environmental considerations into the procurement process?

11.20-11.40    Conclusions and recommendations

11.40-12.00    Q&A session


Steering the future, Green, Sustainable and Digital Procurement

7 May 2021, 10:15 - 16:40

Under the topic ‘Steering the future: Green, Sustainable and Digital Procurement’, the conference will address the challenges faced at European level regarding green and sustainable public procurement, the importance of digital transformation, and the power of structured information.

This high-level conference, which will have highly recognised speakers, aims at sharing knowledge, experience and best practices on public procurement of today and tomorrow.

The event, organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, will consist of two sessions:

1.        Sustainable Public Procurement: From infrastructure projects to the EU Green Deal

2.       Digital Transformation of Public Procurement and the Power of data

More information regarding the registration for the conference will be available soon on the conference website.


How to procure e-Mobility solutions

19 May 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

To present the White Paper: How to procure e-Mobility solutions and to further explain it, a series of webinars will take place on the 6th and 19th of May. The goal of these events is to dive into the concepts described in the e-Mobility paper and to have small interactive meetings.

The webinars will be held in groups of 15 people.
The interactive webinar is organized by Corvers and costs € 275,- incl. 21% VAT. After payment you will receive your own personal link to the webinar. More information here.


Agenda


10.00-10.10    Why a growing number of European public authorities are purchasing e-Mobility solutions?

10.10-10.40     The Eafip Methodology

10.40-11.00    Enhancing the competitiveness of european companies by guarantying a level playing field

11.00-11.20    How to incorporate social and environmental considerations into the procurement process?

11.20-11.40    Conclusions and recommendations

 

11.40-12.00    Q&A session


June 2021

procuRE International OMC Event

25 June 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

procuRE brings together 6 procurers from 6 countries to jointly tackle the common challenge of achieving 100% Renewable Energy Supply in existing public buildings. The procurers are willing to invest 7.68 million € in Research and Development to address this challenge in their regions, to be prepared in coming years to tackle their combined stock of over 21,000 buildings.

procuRE is carrying out an Open Market Consultation in the form of a series of events which aim to:

• inform potential suppliers (industry) about the procuRE pre-commercial procurement opportunities
• explain in detail the pre-commercial procurement process
• open a dialogue with potential suppliers about the scope of procurement envisaged in the project
• facilitate matchmaking among potential suppliers in need of support in the building of consortia

City representatives are welcome to join the event and also to become preferred partners within the project.

Preliminary Agenda:
• Welcome & Introduction
• procuRE Aim & Scope
• Procurement of Innovation and Tender Process
• Q&A on project and process
• Information on Local Building
• Q&A on local site
• Next steps

Registration is required. Participation is free of charge:

This event is preliminarily linked to World Sustainable Energy Days – WSED, which will take place on 21 – 25 June 2021.


July 2021

6th Global Procurement Conference

7 - 9 July 2021

The conference will be held VIRTUALLY in 6 sessions distributed in 3 separate events on July 7th, 8th and 9th 2021. Each session hosts two speakers and lasts 90 minutes: 30 minutes for each speaker and 30 minutes for debate.

The goal of the Global Procurement Conference is to raise awareness for the planetary implications of joint decisions regarding what is purchased, how and for whom in the public domain.

The University of Rome Tor Vergata, with the support of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, has the pleasure of organizing yearly an event where experts from International Financial Institutions and regulatory bodies, policy-makers, economists, engineers, lawyers, procurers gather for a much-needed debate concerning issues related to innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and regulation in public procurement worldwide.

You find more information here.