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April 2021

Bio-based solutions in Public Procurement: Are they the way forward to support a circular bioeconomy?

15 April 2021, 14:00 - 16:00

The Bioregions Facility has recently launched a survey to identify barriers, opportunities and successful examples on bio-based procurement across Europe. Results of the survey will be presented and discussed with key actors working towards the green transition of public procurement. Join to learn about concrete examples and successful initiatives, discuss ways forward and solutions to overcome existing barriers and take away recommendations for further actions towards bio-based solutions in public procurement to support a circular bioeconomy. 

After a formal opening by representatives of the Bioregions Facility (EFI and the Basque Country), the webinar will be structured as a roundtable discussion with key experts. Please find the full programme of the webinar here

Panelist will react to and discuss the findings of the Bioregions survey on “Green Public Procurement, Opportunities for Bio-based Solutions". The panelists are:

  • Lidia Capparelli,  Responsible for Green Public Procurement at Consip (the central purchasing body of Italy) since 2007. Member of the PAN GPP Management Committee. Member of the European Advisory Group on GPP. Project manager of several European projects on GPP.
  • Martin Scherpenisse, Senior policy specialist for purchasing & tendering - Province Zeeland, Netherlands.   
  • Oriana Romano, Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy, Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities.

This event is organised by the Bioregions Facility in cooperation with the Basque Country, North Karelia and North Rhine Westphalia.

For further information and to register to the webinar, use this link.

MAPS: The first step to improving public procurement systems - Lessons from Norway and Peru

15 April 2021, 16:00

The Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS) is an universal tool to diagnose and plan procurement reforms, and ultimately improve how contracting is carried out.

This webinar will provide an overview of the methodology and present its Secretariat. Through listening to real cases across the world, participants will learn about the impact a MAPS assessment can bring, as well as discuss issues, challenges and key elements to bear in mind when carrying out an assessment. This event will also focus on the two newest tools in the MAPS suite: the Sustainable Public Procurement and Professionalisation supplementary modules.

You can register here.

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.


• 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


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.


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)

Rapid Support on COVID-19 Related Waste Management: Technical Assistance Training Series

28 April 2021, 03:00 - 04:30

Within a short span of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has engulfed the entire world, affecting more than 206 countries and territories. In the healthcare sector, the caseload of patients surged due to the pandemic, leading to increased production of hazardous healthcare waste for countries with or without adequate medical waste management systems. One year after the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, challenges posed by COVID-19 related waste still remain.

In the past year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has supported the Member States to manage COVID-19 medical waste in an environmentally sound manner. Through the global webinar series, guidance notes on waste management, rapid needs assessment, and remote technical assistance, UNEP has gained valuable lessons learned from addressing environmental linkages of COVID-19.

Join for a series of technical assistance training sessions on the challenges and lessons learned on effective approaches towards managing medical waste:

  1. Effective Management Practices for COVID-19 related Healthcare Waste
  2. COVID-19 Related Wastes and the Informal Waste Recycling Sector
  3. Appropriate Technologies to Address COVID-19 related Healthcare Waste Management

You can register here.

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, 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).