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November 2018

ECOVATION 2018 – Innovation and Sustainability in Public Procurement

26 - 27 November 2018
Vienna, Austria

The Ecovation 2018 conference will take place the 26 - 27 November 2018 and will be focusing on sustainability and innovation in public procurement.

Synergies between both topics at European and member state level will be discussed and a wide range of issues will be covered, including digitalisation, mobility and the circular economy. Stakeholders from public administration and business are invited to this conference, which will be co-hosted by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT).

For more information please visit the event's webpage.

Driving Sustainability in European Public Procurement

27 November 2018
Stanhope Hotel

Organised by Forum Europe in partnership with Dell, this conference will explore how governments can leverage their buying power more effectively to support the transition to a resource-efficient, energy-efficient and circular economy and foster sustainable economic development.

This high-level conference will debate what the EU and Member States can do more to ensure a wider uptake in strategic public procurement at all levels of government, challenges and opportunities for procurement authorities and suppliers, as well as best practices from selected industries.

The pursuit of sustainable development objectives through public food procurement: literature and practice

29 November 2018, 15:00 - 16:30
FAO, Austria Room (C250)

A seminar/ webinar jointly organized by the Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) and the Development Law Branch of the Legal Office (LEGN).

Inclusive public food procurement initiatives – such as home-grown school feeding programmes – are relevant policy instruments to pursue sustainable development objectives, including the support of smallholder farmers and their integration into formal markets.

They are based on the premise that public institutions, when using their procurement power to award contracts, can go beyond the immediate scope of simply responding to the state’s procurement needs by addressing additional social, environment or economic policy goals. Their implementation, however, requires a conducive and aligned public procurement policy and legal frameworks.

In this seminar we will discuss the promotion of sustainable development objectives through public procurement under two perspectives: the literature and the practice. We will present how the topic has been addressed by the prominent legal literature as well as its practical implementation through FAO’s work in supporting governments in developing a conducive policy and legal environment for the implementation of government-led School Food and Nutrition initiatives. The seminar will be also an opportunity to present the upcoming publication on “Aligning policy and legal frameworks for supporting smallholder farming through public food procurement: the case of home-grown school feeding programmes”, jointly published by FAO and UNDP (IPC-IG) as well as the forthcoming FAO Legal Guide on School Food and Nutrition.

Presented by

Prof. Geo Quinot, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Luana Swensson, FAO (FAO/ESN)

With intervention of Luisa Cruz (FAO/LEGN)


To participate in the webinar online, please follow this link.

December 2018

Sustainability for the Next Generation

Launch of TCO Certified
4 December 2018, 13:00 - 17:30
Brussels, Belgium
Thon EU Hotel

How far away is a future where all IT products have a circular and sustainable life cycle? Join the live launch of TCO Certified, generation 8 to gain insight into future trends and be part of the movement that is finding opportunities for a sustainable future.

Moderated by human rights lawyer Parul Sharma, sustainability and circularity experts will discuss the most prominent challenges and how innovative technical solutions and behavioral changes can help meet them.

TCO Certified, generation 8 is the largest step yet toward a circular and sustainable life cycle for IT products. It includes a wide range of updated and new criteria, designed to promote a circular approach to IT products along with transparency and responsibility in the supply chain. Supporting progress toward the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the next generation of criteria helps brands and buyers to directly contribute to a more sustainable future.

Participants at the event in Brussels will:

  • Join us for the live launch of TCO Certified, generation 8
  • Gain unique insight into circularity and sustainability challenges
  • Meet experts in the field of sustainability and IT products

Register here

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Purchasing Green Cleaning Products and Services

18 December 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

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 two Webinars that have been organised during 2018, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The 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.

Preliminary programme:

  • Welcome, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Introduction to the EU GPP Criteria for Indoor Cleaning Services, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Socially responsible cleaning framework using green cleaning products -  experiences from Catalonia, Anna Esteve Traveset, Ministry of Territory and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia
  • Further speaker to be confirmed

Participation is free of charge.

Prior registration is essential, however.

Register by clicking here or visiting:

Note: times are CET, Brussels time