October 2021

Daring Cities 2021 - The Global Virtual Forum for Urban Leaders Taking on the Climate Emergency

4 - 8 October 2021

Daring Cities is designed to empower urban leaders – such as mayors, city councilors, administrators, and urban thought leaders, as well as national government representatives, researchers, technical staff, business leaders, civil society decision-makers and community organizers – to tackle the climate emergency.

Daring Cities 2021 will build upon the success of last year’s premier edition, which was the largest online gathering of the urban community on the climate emergency to date. Over 4500 attendees have engaged in Daring Cities 2020 over the course of the three-week long virtual forum, which featured around 100 virtual offerings and 500 speakers, including the UN Secretary General, 8 Ministers, 7 UN Agency chiefs, and more than 150 Mayors, Governors, Councillors and other urban leaders.

The 2021 edition offers an exciting five-day program featuring 20 sessions including strategic high-level dialogues, hands-on training sessions for policy makers and practitioners, as well as a variety of networking opportunities. By knowing more, urban leaders can act better in setting and achieving science-based climate action targets, and together, lead us in ambitiously tackling the climate emergency.

Forum Compraverde Buygreen

6 - 8 October 2021


The Forum Compraverde Buygreen is an Italian and European event for public and private policies, projects and initiatives on green and sustainable procurement, it’s approaching to its XV edition. Two days on the state-of-the-art of Green Procurement through seminars, workshops, trainings, one to one exchanges and other participated initiatives will enable the discussion of the newest legal issues, of national and international best practices, and the opportunities in the field of Green Procurement and ecological transition.

The Forum aims at promoting a just and sustainable economy. Conferences, workshops and seminars will focus on the dissemination of green and sustainable procurement at municipal, regional, national and European level, and on specific related themes, such as sustainable building and low environmental impact infrastructures, green areas management, sustainable food, sustainable cultural events, circular procurement and best practices for ecological transition and real change.

More information here.

C40 Webinar - Zero Emission Construction Machinery

7 October 2021, 17:00 - 18:00

C40's Clean Construction Forum supports cities in driving the transition to resource-efficient, resilient and zero-emission construction. Tackling emissions from construction sites is a difficult task, but doing so can also give multiple benefits, including: lower GHG emissions, reduced local air pollution, reduced noise and a better work environment for construction workers. 

C40 cities have started tackling emissions from construction activities in different ways - some have pilots introducing zero emission construction machinery, while others have introduced measures related to air quality. In this webinar we will explore the different approaches, challenges and opportunities in this area. 


Introduction - C40

Kaitlyn Dietz, Officer, Circular Economy & Sustainable Construction, ICLEI/ Big Buyers for Climate & Environment (DG Grow Initiative)

Claus Wilhelmsen, Environmental Planner, City of Copenhagen

Sarah Morris, Senior Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority

Josh Pollak, Senior Environmental Planner, San Francisco Planning

Emi LaFountain, Sustainability Project Manager, Turner Construction Company


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Circular procurement as a strong instrument to support green transition of European territories

12 October 2021, 14:30 - 16:00

As a part of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 and supported by the Interreg NSR ProCirc project, this workshop will dive into the world of circular procurement and will focus on sharing knowledge, expertise and lessons learned. This event will help procurers, policymakers and other stakeholders to address the following questions:

  • What is the contribution of circular procurement to local and regional transition to circular economy?
  • What circular procurement examples and tools can support this transition?
  • How can we improve the current procurement framework (from legal, policy and practice perspectives) to foster circular economy in cities and regions?

The event will be a joint activity of ProCirc partners (in particular ACR+, Rijkswaterstaat, Circular Flanders and Malmö), CEMR and UBC.


14:30 - Introductive words on circular procurement and presentation of ProCirc  (ACR+, tbc)
14:40 - Cities and regions taking the lead for the transition to circular economy  (Tjisse Stelpstra, European Committee of the Regions and CEMR spokesperson, tbc)
14:50 - Inspiration talk: the practical experience of Malmö on circular procurement  (Malmö municipality, tbc)
15:00 - ProCirc tools to help procurers in their transition towards circular practices
(Circular Flanders, tbc)
15:10 - C-PRONE: a long-term framework for the circular procurement community (Rijkswaterstaat, tbc)
15:20 - Panel discussion on challenges and opportunities for circular procurement, including a Q&A session with the audience (tbc)
15:55 - Conclusions & key messages to take home (ACR+, tbc)

Public procurement specialists meet the market – market engagement strategies and the example of AI

12 October 2021, 14:30 - 16:00


This European Week of Regions and Cities session will highlight where and how public procurement meets the market A key aspect of successful public procurement of innovation is to encourage innovative (small and medium-sized) companies to bid for tenders. The projects AI4Cities, Urban Agenda and Procure2Innovate have gathered practical experience in engaging the market and want to share those resources. audience. Their practical experience will be complemented by the scientific perspective of Willem Janssen, associate professor at the Utrecht University.


14:30 Opening words
Kaisa Sibelius (Coordinator AI4Cities, Forum Virium Helsinki)
Marlene Grauer (Coordinator Procure2Innovate, BME)

14:50 Moderated interview with pre-set questions
Kaisa Sibelius
Willem Janssen (Associate professor European and Dutch Public Procurement law, Centre for Public Procurement, School of Law, Utrecht University)
Valentina Schippers-Opejko (Coordinator Urban Agenda Partnership, City of Haarlem)

15:15: Moderated interview with social media questions
Kaisa Sibelius
Willem Janssen
Valentina Schippers-Opejko

15:30: Moderated interview with questions from participants
Kaisa Sibelius
Willem Janssen
Valentina Schippers-Opejko

15:45: Presentation of resources for market engagement

16:00: Ending

Given that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, input from attendees will be highly appreciated. There will be a lot of interaction and no PowerPoint presentations! You are also very welcome to ask us any questions on social media: Contact us with your questions at AI4CitiesEU, Procureinno or ICELI_Procure.

Click here to register for this EWRC session

More information on the EWRC can be found here

StratKIT online conference - final results innovative sustainable public procurement and catering

13 October 2021

The Interreg BSR project StratKIT on innovative sustainable public catering is coming to an end. Join the final conference which will be held online and in English with translation into Polish and Russian. 

You can expect:

  • A summary of project’s results
  • The launch of Online Sustainability Toolkit and
  • A discussion of future aspects of a sustainable public meal

The registration for the event will open in September.

Delivering the EU Green Deal through Circular Procurement

14 October 2021, 11:30 - 13:00

Join the workshop "Delivering the EU Green Deal through Circular Procurement” facilitated by the Urban Agenda Partnership for Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement and partners from the Interreg NSR project ProCirc on 14 October during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

The event will help procurement specialists, policymakers and other stakeholders understand how public procurement can accelerate local and regional transitions towards a circular economy. Through presentations, panel discussions and video pitches the audience will be introduced to 90 minutes of inspirational knowledge-sharing, examples of best practices and upcoming initiatives.

You can register here.

Circular Procurement Summit 2021 - Redefining Value: Using Buying Power to Accelerate the Circular Economy

18 - 22 October 2021, 16:00 - 19:00

Circular Procurement Summit 2021 is a virtual event as part of the World Circular Economy Forum that showcases the strategic process of using buying power to drive the transition toward a circular economy. As a five-day showcase, daily from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. - 7 p.m. CET), the Circular Procurement Summit features circular experts and practitioners from around the world dedicated to knowledge sharing, as well as outcomes and benefits derived from buying and selling strategically with circularity. 

If you are interested in realizing the circular economy, looking for examples and strategies on how to transition from a traditional linear to circular model of production and consumption, you are welcome to join!

For more information and registration, follow this link!

November 2021

GPP Helpdesk Webinar on Computers, Monitors, Tablets and Smartphones

24 November 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Green Public Procurement (GPP) is an important tool to achieve environmental policy goals relating to climate change, resource use and sustainable consumption and production – especially given the importance of public sector spending on goods and services in Europe.

This is the second of the two webinars of 2021, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The webinar will focus on the revised voluntary EU GPP criteria for computers, monitors, tablets and smartphones, which have been designed to encompass the most important environmental impacts during the life cycle of these products (product lifetime extension, energy consumption, hazardous substances, end-of-life management) and which include also criteria that apply to separate procurements for refurbished/remanufactured devices and related services.

The GPP Helpdesk Webinars provide a forum to inform stakeholders working in the field of public sector procurement about important new developments in the resources available and legislative context for GPP, and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion. For more information, visit the European Commission’s GPP website.

• Welcome and Introduction from the EU GPP Helpdesk, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
• Introduction to the revised EU GPP Criteria for computers, monitors, tablets and smartphones, Felice Alfieri, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
• Procurement of computers using the revised EU GPP criteria, Simone Ricotta, ARPAT - Tuscan Regional Agency for Environmental Protection, Italy
• Sustainable procurement of ICT, Josefin Levander, City of Malmö, Sweden (TBC)

Register here.