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February 2020

Introductory and Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice

18 - 21 February 2020
Maastricht, Netherlands

This comprehensive seminar will provide you with an understanding of the principles and procedures of European public procurement policy, focusing on the Public Procurement Directives and relevant case law. You will be guided through the Public Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the Utilities Directive 2014/25/EU and the Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts. During the seminar you will receive insights into the application of professional procurement practices.

The four-day programme will begin with an ‘Introductory Seminar: European Public Procurement for Newcomers to Procurement’, which will be held on 18 February 2020. The three-day ‘Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ will commence on the following day.

More here.


Smart Cities Matchmaking

City representatives meet investors: Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities
20 February 2020, 09:00 - 17:30
Brussels, Belgium
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Is your city looking to make investments in the area of mobility, ICT or energy? Is your city thinking of redeveloping certain areas? Are you looking for providers with smart city products or services?

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is hosting a matchmaking event for policy makers, and city and regional representatives looking to connect with peers and start discussions with business representatives from the smart city community.

The event, taking place in ICLEI Member Brussels (Belgium) on 20 February – back-to-back with the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – brings together city and regional representatives, businesses, and investors and focuses on exploring and shaping opportunities for persons involved in smart cities projects.

This is the first in a series of matchmaking activities. It offers a unique knowledge-sharing opportunity for those in charge of policy-making and those representing cities and regions, and gives cities the opportunity to offer advice to peers, learn from best practices, present projects, and find investors and Smart City Solutions.

The EIP-SCC offers a forum for discussion, assists in the development of innovative urban ideas, and brings together urban innovators, developers, investors, and private equity.

ICLEI Europe will be represented at the event by Director for Sustainable Procurement, Mark Hidson, who will host a session on how public procurement can drive the implementation of Smart Cities.

The event is promoted by the European Commission's EIP-SCC Marketplace initiative, of which ICLEI Europe is an active partner.

Why should you join?

This event fosters much-needed collaboration between city and regional representatives, policy makers, business representatives, and investors. This is a unique occasion to network and explore investment opportunities with key smart cities decision-makers such as European and local authorities, research institutions, and leading smart cities and infrastructure investors.

What can you expect?

At the Matchmaking event, you will learn about existing smart city best practices in the areas of mobility, ICT and energy in an Explore Zone. Experts will assist you in shaping the concept of your planned Smart City project or planned investments in a round-table format during Shape discussions. Finally, you can engage in one-on-one meetings between solution providers and the investment community during the focussed Deal matchmaking sessions on Smart Cities and Communities (pre-registration required).

To learn more and to register, please click here.

The Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities


Mobile Social Congress

24 - 26 February 2020
Barcelona, Spain

The Congress, organized every year by SETEM Catalunya with the collaboration of various other organisations, will consist of debates and activities concerning the social and environmental impact of the electronics industry.

The MSC2020 will focus on the human rights violations and the environmental impacts generated by the production and consumption model of the electronic industry in the Global South and North.

The second day of the MSC will debut with the power of socially responsible public purchasing to influence gender inequalities in the supply chain of the electronics industry, and share good practices from different administrations in the field. In addition, it will focus on the social and environmental impacts generated by the extractive industry in the global environment, analyzing the labor conditions in the mines of Bolivia.

 


March 2020

Labour Conditions in Battery Factories

10 March 2020

Li-ion batteries? These are the batteries we use massively for our smartphones, laptops, tablets and electric cars. 
Au Lap Hang of the "Labour Education and Service Network (LESN)" in Hong Kong talks about the precarious working conditions and the challenges within the factories where these batteries are produced. 


LESN, is a monitoring partner of Electronics Watch and works mainly in China. The organisation is committed to raising awareness among migrant workers, cultivating solidarity among workers and improving long-term labour rights.


Björn Claeson of Electronics Watch will talk about what you can do as a (public) buyer of ICT products.  He considers what the workers-based monitoring system of Electronics Watch can contribute to solving these problems. 


The webinar will be held in English. 


Date: 10 March, 11:00 (CET) - duration: 1h


You can register for the webinar via this link: 
https://zoom.us/meeting/ register/v5cudO-uqzovv05a_ GPSpdZQTKpIPRUnKg


After registration you will receive a confirmation email from Gertrude Klaffenböck of SuedWind.
If you have questions: please contact Kim Claes (kim.claes@catapa.be).


Procura+ Webinar: learn from the Procura+ Award 2019 winners

Zooming in on sustainable textiles and PCP for cloud data storage
16 March 2020, 11:00 - 11:50

How to do sustainable and innovation procurement in practice? What can a sustainable supply chain for textiles look like, and how to steer it through procurement? How can we use innovation procurement to support cutting edge science? Learn from award winning procurements – and join us for a webinar presenting two of the Procura+ Award 2019 winners and their procurements and initiatives, on March 16, from 11h – 11:50.
 
Register via this Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6441250682458294796

Procura+ participant and GLCN member the City of Ghent launched a pilot procurement for ethically produced workwear. After researching best practices in textile procurement and conducting a market analysis of fair and ethically produced clothing, Ghent realised that the market was not ready to deliver the level of environmental and social impact required – learn how the City has tackled this during the webinar!

Bob Jones from the Swiss company CERN will present on their award winning Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of data cloud storage. Ten public research organisations from seven European countries have joined forces in a PCP to meet the demands of large scale scientific projects for big data storage and analysis tools. The result of the multi-stage PCP process was the pilot Helix Nebula Science Cloud. This cloud-based system makes it possible to host the service in new data centres with excellent power usage effectiveness. The services will be made accessible to a broader set of public research and higher education.

Join us and register via this link.


Agenda

11:00 Introduction to the Procura+ Network and the Procura+ Awards, Paula Land, ICLEI Local Governements for Sustainability

11:10 City of Ghent: How to mainstream sustainability and fair trade in the textiles supply chain through procurement, Aline De Cokere, City of Ghent

11:30 CERN: Open cloud data storage innovation through pre-commercial procurement, Bob Jones, CERN 

11:45 Conclusion


April 2020

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Green Public Procurement of food, catering services and vending machines

23 April 2020, 14:30 - 16:00

https://iclei-events.webex.com/iclei-events/onstage/g.php?MTID=e59c82cffc0ae1f9ca07d2e0c36e866f0

Programme

  • Welcome and Introduction to the EU GPP Criteria for food, catering services and vending machines, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
  • The sustainable school meal procurement initiative of Torres Vedras, Paula Rodrigues, City of Torres Vedras 
  • Low-carbon and sustainable food procurement in Helsinki, Satu Turula and Reetta Huomo, City of Helsinki

Purpose and Framework

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 first of two Webinars that will be held in 2020, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The webinar will focus on the updated voluntary EU green public procurement (GPP) criteriafor food, catering services and vending machines, which have been designed to help public authorities reduce the key environmental impacts associated with the growing, preparing, and selling food.

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.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is organising this webinar on behalf of the European Commission (DG Environment).

Register here


June 2020

EU Green Week 2020

1 - 5 June 2020
Brussels, Belgium

Attracting attention around the globe, EU Green Week is the biggest annual event on the European environment policy calendar. It's a forum for stakeholder debate at the European, national and local levels, generating input that feeds back into policymaking and implementation. And it is a truly European event – in addition to a high-level conference in Brussels, numerous events are organised by partner organisations across the whole of Europe. 

EU Green Week 2020 will focus on nature and biodiversity. All around the globe, biodiversity is disappearing as a result of unsustainable human activities. This loss is closely connected to climate change, and the combined effect of this unprecedented crisis is disrupting the ecosystems that support life on Earth, with devastating consequences for human well-being and prosperity. While the situation is extremely serious, there is still hope. Solutions exist, but they require deep and transformative changes in the way we produce, consume and trade.


July 2020

5th Global Procurement Conference

7 - 9 July 2020
Rome, Italy

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.

Thanks to a partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the University of Rome Tor Vergata has the pleasure of presenting the conference speakers, experts from International Financial Institutions and regulatory bodies, policy-makers, economists, lawyers, public procurers that will engage in a much-needed debate concerning issues related to innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and regulation in procurement worldwide.

 


September 2020

Baltic Circular Procurement Congress

A Step Towards Circular Europe
1 - 3 September 2020
Warsaw, Poland

On 1-3 September, experts, researchers and key opinion leaders from all over the world will meet in Warsaw to share their experiences and best practices of using circular procurement as an effective tool for transition towards circular economy. The purpose of the Congress is to raise awareness of circular concepts, procurement in particular, highlight good practices, share experiences and pave the road ahead for circular procurement to enter the mainstream.

The Congress is a three day event, full of intensive networking and knowledge sharing activities such as workshops, seminars, keynote speeches, world café sessions and study visits. Purchasers within governmental entities and companies will discover the advantages of circular procurement and explore tools that can facilitate and optimize its implementation. The societal challenge of resource efficiency will be discussed by considering innovative solutions from a multidimensional perspective. This concerns products, processes and new business models as well as exploiting the synergies between public authorities, research institutions, SMEs and non-profit organisations active in this field.

The Congress is organized under Circular PP project supported by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Join us at the Congress if you would like to:

deepen your knowledge and encourage implementation of circular solutions,
discuss the role of circular procurement in innovation development,
discover new ways to meet sustainable policy goals,
take part in networking among circular economy practitioners,
you can’t miss the BALTIC CIRCULAR PROCUREMENT CONGRESS!

Register at: https://circularpp.konfeo.com


9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

30 September - 2 October 2020
Mannheim, Germany
Rosengarten

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 Mannheim, Germany.

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).

Become part of a transformational movement.

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: esct2020.eu