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May 2019

7th conference on socially responsible procurement of IT products

9 - 10 May 2019
Leipzig, Germany

Exploiting working conditions and human rights violations are also widespread in the production of information and communication technology. At the same time, there are initial approaches to shaping the value chain in a socially responsible manner. These approaches can be effectively supported by the public authorities by ensuring that minimum social standards and human rights are observed in their procurement.

The conference is aimed at actors in public procurement, state and local politics, non-governmental organisations, and IT companies. It invites to an exchange of experiences and to a dialogue on how the public sector can contribute to improving working conditions in the global IT industry with its purchasing. Newcomers are just as welcome as participants already familiar with the topic.

The conference offers thematic lectures and practice-oriented workshops with expert speakers from Germany and abroad.

To learn more, visit here.


REFRESH Final Conference 2019: Fresh ideas to reduce food waste and valorise surplus food

9 - 10 May 2019
Barcelona, Spain

At our final conference in cooperation with the Barcelona Design Center on 10 May, 2019, we will present and discuss the REFRESH project results and spur future action on EU food waste reduction among business, policy, research, social innovators and civil society. Preceding the conference, on 9 May, 2019, a selection of field trips and events will be offered, featuring food waste innovators from business and civil society in the Barcelona area.

BuyZet - Final Event

14 May 2019
Brussels, Belgium

In CIVITAS BuyZET, three cities (Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Oslo) are testing new smart procurement approaches to influence the transportation footprint of purchased services, goods and vehicles.

These are concrete actions needed to achieve CO2-free city logistics by 2030, one of the main objectives of the European Commission Transport White Paper of 2011.

The event will be an opportunity to discover and discuss the tools and recommendations developed by BuyZET. In addition, the event will also look at the new rules for the public procurement of clean vehicles in the revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive.

More information on speakers, sessions and exhibition will follow on this page. ICLEI Europe is a project partner in the BuyZET project.

Attendance is free of charge. Register here by Monday 6 May!

Are you a public authority and you would like to attend? Contact the coordinator POLIS (Giacomo Lozzi,, who might be able to reimburse your travel costs.

Zero is the new Hero: Big buyers joining forces to achieve zero emission construction sites

14 May 2019
Brussels, Belgium

As a partner event to the EU Green Week, this session will discuss how cities can create sustainable markets and solutions through green innovations and a more strategic approach to procurement.

Oslo’s green governance has led to significant reductions of CO2 emissions and a key factor for the city's ability to do so is a strategic and deliberate approach to green innovative procurements. Oslo has created a market by having several public builders unite to much more rapidly achieve zero-emission construction vehicles in Norway.

Register here.

Implementing public procurement rules at local and regional level: challenges and opportunities

15 May 2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Brussels, Belgium
European Committee of the Regions, 101 Rue Belliard

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is inviting to this event addressing strategic public orcurement at the regional and local level. The shift from traditional patterns of procurement towards an approach that regards public procurement as a strategic tool to deliver public policy objectives in innovation, environmental protection and social inclusion makes public procurement a key building block of EU's policies aimed to stimulate growth and remove barriers to investment.

The workshop will be an opportunity to look into whether relevant authorities are making full use of the possibilities offered by the EU public procurement rules; present best practices but also the most frequent sources of wrong application or of legal uncertainty and elaborate on ways to encourage a paradigm shift in the public sector towards more entrepreneurial and innovative approaches. Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability's Sustainable Procurement Centre will be on the panel debating the question of how to ensure a wider uptake of strategic public procurement.

Key findings of the CoR study and of the survey carried out in cooperation with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on the implementation of the public procurement Directives at regional and local levels will serve as an input to a panel debate on the opportunities and challenges of strategic procurement for local and regional authorities and on possible avenues for improving the implementation of the Directives on the ground. The debate will also feed into the CoR opinion on the implementation of the Directives.

The full programme can be found here.

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

20 - 22 May 2019
Portland, Oregon, United States of America

The 2019 SPLC Summit will bring together over 450 purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions in order to share, simplify, and spread the best sustainable purchasing practices across the whole economy.

Urban Future

22 - 24 May 2019
Oslo, Norway

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is dedicated exclusively to CityChangers – decision makers who actively, passionately and effectively make cities more sustainable. In 2019 the  event will be held in Oslo, the European Green Capital 2019, where ICLEI are proud to be representing the power of green public procurement.

Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre will be speaking in the plenary 'Boring no more: the number 1 tool for cities to initiate change', while Procura+ members including Copenhagen, Rijkswaterstaat and Oslo will share their first hand experiences of the potential of GPP. 

Urban Future believes, that what is most important for solving the urban challenges are the people driving positive change. Join #UFGC19 in Oslo and become part of the CityChangers-movement!

Perspectives on and Challenges for the Bioeconomy

29 May 2019, 09:30 - 15:30
Bonn, Germany
Wissenschaftsladen Bonn e.V., Reuterstr. 157

Please note that this event will take place in German.

Join Biobridges, BLOOM and BIOVOICES as they bring together key German and European stakeholders from academia, civil society, business and public policy for an interactive discussion covering perspectives on and challenges related to bio-based products.

The full-day workshop aims to tackle a set of key questions related to the uptake of bio-based products in Germany and beyond. These include:

  • What solutions are needed to increase the distribution of sustainable, bio-based products in line with a circular economy model?
  • What products and product features meet consumer needs?
  • What innovations can be expected in this field, and what research and communication strategies have proven to be successful?
  • What role do local value chains and local markets play in the bioeconomy?
  • What framework conditions should be set by the German federal government with respect to bio-based products?

To read more about the event, click here.

And to register for the workshop, click here.