EVENTS

   

UPCOMING EVENTS


September 2020

Baltic Circular Procurement Congress

A step towards a circular Europe
2 - 3 September 2020

On 2nd and 3rd of September 2020 procurement experts, suppliers, researchers and key opinion leaders from all over Europe will meet online for the Baltic Circular Procurement Congress, to share their experiences and best practices of using procurement as an effective tool for transition towards the circular economy.

The two-day event will consist of knowledge sharing activities, such as workshops, seminars, speeches by key guests, expert panels and virtual study visits. During these 2 days, representatives of government institutions and state-owned enterprises will discover the advantages of introducing closed-loop economy criteria for public procurement and learn about tools that can facilitate and optimize the implementation of these assumptions.

To participate, please register here: https://circularpp.konfeo.com/en/groups.

The Congress is organsied by the Circular PP project, which is supported by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. 


EIC ePitching with Procurers: supporting bpost’s green transformation

14 September 2020

The European Innovation Council is organising an ePitching with Procurers-session together with bpost, Belgium’s national post-provider.  This session, taking place on 14 September 2020 at 1 pm CET, will be dedicated to matching EIC-beneficiaries with bpost’s procurement needs in the fields of eMobility and charging infrastructure.

Apply here before 31 July 2020

Bpost is currently working to cut back 50% of its emissions by 2030. To achieve this objective, they will gradually shift to an electrified fleet of 3500 e-vans and 3500 e-bikes. This electric fleet will be deployed in all active 60 mail sorting centers and 205 mail centers across Belgium. To achieve these goals, an appropriate charging infrastructure for e-vans and e-bicycles will need to be installed. The need for charging stations per location may vary from a dozen to hundreds of vehicles. Bpost is looking for cost-efficient and innovative solutions to maximise charging capacity to roll out this charging infrastructure.  In that light the EIC is organizing another ePitching with Procurers-session, to match EIC-beneficiaries, together with bpost.

 

How will the day look?

Bpost will pitch their most pressing needs and issues they are facing. Selected EIC-backed SMEs will then get the chance to pitch their innovations and solutions. Afterwards there is a dedicated timeslot for pre-arranged one-on-one discussions with bpost representatives. The event will be fully online.

 

Who can apply?

All EIC-backed SMEs working on cost-efficient and innovative solutions to maximise charging capacity for e-vans and e-bikes. These solutions should include:

  • Load balancing
  • Centralized monitoring capabilities
  • Possible TCO optimization 


The EIC-funded companies will be selected on the basis of bpost’s needs for innovative solutions and materials related to the challenge.

This opportunity is brought to you by the EIC pilot Business Acceleration Services. Read our Corporate Day Highlight Report and learn more about what we do and how we do it. To explore other opportunities, keep an eye on our events page. Should you have any questions regarding the event or your eligibility, please contact us through our contact page (please choose “EIC ePitching with Procurers bpost” as the subject). 

A link to attend as 'listening-in-only' will follow soon.


AI4Cities Open Market Consultation webinar

18 September 2020

AI4Cities is looking for or artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in the fields of mobility and energy to accelerate carbon neutrality. This Open Market Consultation webinar is open to suppliers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, startups and other experts, who are able to consult in the following domains: climate change, AI software and hardware development, public traffic management and planning, energy efficiency and infrastructure, and building maintenance.

In this second OMC webinar, the AI4Cities Buyers Group will present more information on the AI4Cities goals and challenges, the pre-commercial procurement tool and its phases, as well as respond to the supply side questions.


Mannheim2020:

9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns
30 September - 2 October 2020
Germany

(Virtually) hosted by the City of Mannheim and ICLEI Europe, the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns will open its doors for the 9th time from 30 September - 2 October 2020, in a new online format.

The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for local governments to assume responsibility for urban transformation and lead the way in guiding Europe towards a secure and sustainable future.

The world is facing major environmental, economic and social challenges that require a substantial transformation in all aspects of society. Without this transformation, global and European self-set goals like the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Europe long term strategy on GHG emission reduction will remain unreachable.

The 2020 edition of the flagship European conference on local sustainable development will build on the legacy of the previous conferences in Aalborg, Denmark (1994 and 2004), Lisbon, Portugal (1996), Hannover, Germany (2000), Seville, Spain (2007), Dunkirk, France (2010), Geneva, Switzerland (2013), and the Basque Country, Spain (2016).

Join us to take transformation forward.

Join over 800 participants from local and regional governments, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, the research community, business and civil society.

For more information visit: mannheim2020.eu


October 2020

Digital Conference: Environmental Aspects in Public Procurement in Europe

1 - 2 October 2020

online

The aim of the event is to bring together decision makers, experts, scientists and practitioners from all over Europe to talk about the latest topics on green public procurement.

We will discuss how procurement practice can meet given goals of

  • climate protection,
  • circular economy,
  • biodiversity,
  • a non-toxic environment

Key issues will also be

  • further challenges in green public procurement,
  • best practices in cities and communities and
  • exchange on product groups


The conference will be hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Environment Agency (UBA) and organised by the Berlin Energy Agency GmbH (BEA).

Learn more and register here.


Socially Responsible Procurement - Side Session - European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference

2 October 2020

October 2nd, 9:30 to 11am

Procurement is a powerful tool that helps public authorities meet their needs for products and services but offers the opportunity to drive the implementation of Agenda 2030. This can range from leveraging the power of procurement to achieve environmental goals, but also to foster fair working conditions, supporting gender-equality or marginalised groups, to improving conditions across a supply-chain in collaboration with industry.

This session explores the following questions: What are key challenges and drivers when getting started on sustainable or innovation procurement? How can procurement be used to influence global supply-chains such as electronics? What are examples for the difference that socially responsible procurement made? What are recommendations from experienced procurers on how to start buying social?

 

Join the session during Mannheim2020 European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference. Register here


Think Innovative! Unlock the potential of the Innovation Partnership to boost the economic recovery

13 October 2020

The event will explore the 'Innovation Partnership' - a new procedure introduced in 2016 in the EU legal framework. The webinar of 13 October will open a cycle of short webinars on the procedure. The European Commission will provide an overview of contracts and procedures concluded in the EU so far. Three buyers will share their experience with regard to the use of this innovative procedure which combines the development of innovative products or services and their procurement. 

More information will follow closer to the event. 

Register here by 1st October. Note: as the event is hosted by the European Commission you have to create an EU login account to be able to register.


December 2020

Nordic Strategy Forum Supply Chain and Procurement

7 - 8 December 2020
Stockholm, Sweden

Digital Strategy, Culture and Technology for the next chapter in Supply Chain & Procurement Management

Join us at the Nordic StrategyForum Supply Chain and Procurement for an intensive session on the latest trends, issues and future of supply chain and procurement in the Nordic countries. This networking event highlights applications of advanced technologies, innovative solutions and best business strategies for a thriving ecosystem of suppliers, collaborators and customers. Grab this opportunity to expand your business network and connect face-to-face with top-level executives, leaders and decision makers from the largest companies in the Nordics.

More here