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June 2020

Delivery models, funding & procurement for smart cities

How to choose the delivery model(s) for your smart city ambitions?
18 June 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

City governments have a key role in planning, delivering, and ensuring the uptake of smart technologies. The key to success is to define this role adequately.

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If we assume that the responsibility of visioning, financing, procuring and managing smart city projects lies solely on the shoulders of cities, then implementing smart city ambitions may seem like a daunting task. In a time of global uncertainty, public officers indeed rarely have the resources and expertise to bear the sole burden of delivery. The good news is that such a delivery model is rarely the only option available.

A successful smart city project will equally benefit technology solutions providers, investors, local businesses and community stakeholders. Provided the vested interests of those parties can align (so that supply matches demand at the correct price), then those actors all have an incentive to drive projects forward.

Because of a lack of market dialogue in the smart city solution markets, those private and public interests rarely align spontaneously. The role of cities is therefore to understand the reasons behind market failure and use the wide array of regulatory, financing and procurement tools at their disposal to address it and encourage market activity.

The current COVID-19 crisis illustrates why cities should avoid relying on a single delivery model to support all of their smart city ambitions. In times of great market disruption/uncertainty it is helpful to have a mix of funding, procurement and delivery strategies to:

  • spread the risk and costs of disruption between different actors, and
  • avoid dependency on single providers/funders who might reconsider their commitment during disruptive periods.

This webinar will go through four different, but complementary, roles that cities can play to support the adoption of smart city solutions within their boundaries, highlighting their associated funding models and how they each address various market failures. These models include:

  1. Cities as regulators
    With cases from Copenhagen (DK) and Cincinnati (US) - delivering smart redevelopment through use of regulation - Dr. Luise Noring, City Facilitators
  2. Cities as facilitators With a case from Barcelona (ES) - delivering smart Last-mile-delivery through public facilitation - Gonzalo Cabezas, Barcelona CIty Council
  3. Cities as buyers (direct procurers)
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  4. Cities as partners (public-private partnerships)
    With a case from Rotterdam (NL) - delivering the digital city with in partnership with stakeholders - Roland van der Heijden, The Municipality of Rotterdam

The delivery models described in the webinar should be seen as complementary – they all have their place as part of a sustainable smart city delivery strategy, both now and in the future.

The webinar will be moderated by Philipp Tepper from ICLEI Europe and Georg Houben of the European Commission. The discussion will be supported by real life examples from different panelists, who will share their experiences of applying each delivery model.

You can also share this webinar with your network, by joining the LinkedIn event here.

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

The Impact of Covid-19 on Electronics: from mining, to manufacturing and public procurement.

How are workers and communities coping and how can public procurement support?
23 June 2020, 11:00 - 12:30

This webinar is organised by Electronics Watch:

The Corona virus has led to a crisis of unprecedented magnitude. The electronics industry with its global supply chains is strongly affected. The situation is still dynamic with countries like China already experiencing the second wave of the crisis – economic slowdown, factory closures and unemployment – while other regions are still under lockdown.

This webinar takes you behind the headlines of the Corona crisis to shine a spotlight on the impact on workers in different parts of the electronics supply chain, from miners and mining communities in Latin America to manufacturing workers across Asia. We will take you from the struggles of workers to the challenges public buyers face in Europe and how they are trying to engage their ICT supply chains to protect workers’ rights and safety.

The webinar features four experts on these topics:

Charlotte Christiaens, General Coordinator, CATAPA, Belgium
Kim Thi Thu Ha, Managing Director, Center for Development and Integration, Vietnam
Mike Kilner, Senior Category Manager, London Universities Purchasing Consortium, UK
Omana George, Monitoring Coordinator, Electronics Watch, Hong Kong

This webinar is for:

  • Public buyers who want to understand the situation in their ICT supply chains better and what they can do to protect workers’ rights and safety.
  • Policy makers who want to understand the situation in global ICT supply chains, practical actions taken by public buyers and why economic and public health policy must be based on global solidarity.
  • Civil society who want to understand the situation in global ICT supply chains and how the situation of local labour rights organisations is developing.
  • General public who want to understand the situation in global ICT supply chains.

Please register for the webinar here.

July 2020

Innovation Procurement Broker – Experiences & Business Model

30 July 2020, 15:00 - 16:30

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15:00 – 15:10
Introduction to the InnoBrokers project
By Lucía Díaz Martín (AAC)

15:10 – 15:35
Key learning-messages from 5 pilot regions
By Camilla Raagaard Ernst & Line Bech (Gate21), Leonora Yannakis & Doris Scheffler (Zenit), Lucía
Díaz Martín (AAC), Mike McGrath & Mary Ryan (PTI), Hannes Pöcklhofer (OUAG)

15:35 – 16:10
Innovation Procurement Broker (IPB) Business Model
By Eva Buchinger & Manuela Kienegger (AIT)

16:10 – 16:30
Expert reflections and open discussion
By Marlene Grauer (BME, coordinator Procure2Innovate project) and all participants

Webinar moderated by Rafael Hirt, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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: 

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.

Circular IT management in a linear world

Online event on September 22
22 September 2020, 15:00 - 16:30

Listen to people in the frontline of circularity and IT products and put your questions directly to them at the digital event on September 22, 15:00-16:30 CET.

The circular economy has the potential to solve or reduce many of today’s sustainability challenges. What does circularity actually mean for IT products? TCO Development will have a deep-dive into this issue together with experts that have hands-on experience of circular solutions.

Circularity in practice: How to manage your notebook computer responsibly
Did you know that just by using a notebook computer in a more responsible way, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by nearly 30 percent? They will present their recent study and give circular and practical advice on product life extension, energy efficiency, and why you should think twice before recycling.

The keys to circularity — expert panel discussion
The speakers work with circularity in various ways: scientifically and practically, with procurement and purchasing, and with concrete solutions for refurbishment and remanufacturing. They will discuss this topic from several angles:

  • The single most important thing you can do is to give IT products a longer life. Why? And what does it mean in practice?
  • Circular solutions can also lead to financial benefits. How can organizations benefit?
  • Market demand is key to accelerating the pace of change. What are the keys to implementing circular procurement practices?
  • Many circular solutions are already in place — we now have to use them. How can you lower the threshold and go from planning to action?

The event is moderated by Cassandra Julin, PR and Communication Manager at TCO Development.

If you are interested, register here.

The future of furniture: Circular solutions for a post-Covid world

22 September 2020, 10:30

Join in for the webinar "The future of furniture: Circular solutions for a post-Covid world" on 22 Sep 10:30 CET!

Circular procurement in the corporate furniture sector, particularly through remanufacturing opportunities, provides an opportunity to #BuildBackBetter from the coronavirus situation. This transnational event will explore why circular economy approaches are beneficial for the environment and society, as well as the financial benefits for the organisations that buy furniture in this way, and how procurers and suppliers can adapt to meet the challenges which this presents. The event will feature speakers from Scotland, UK, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and Netherlands.

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Workshop: Digital Transformation for Climate-Neutral Cities

23 September 2020, 13:00 - 15:00

As part of the Nordic Edge Expo 2020, ICLEI is organising a free online workshop on the topic of Digital Transformation for Climate-Neutral Cities.

The session will take place on Wednesday, 23th September 2020 from 13:00-15:00 CET. It will explore the opportunities that digital transformation and advanced technologies provide for cities & communities to answer to challenges such as climate change, economic recession and now also the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is organised in collaboration with Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) and the 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC). By participating, you can expect:

  • Inspiring presentations from ICLEI, OASC and 6aika, a network of 6 Finnish cities members of ICC that work together to leverage technology and innovation for a better life of their citizens.
  • An opportunity to take part in roundtable discussions to discuss the role of technology and digital transformation in supporting a green transition

Please use this link to register, and for any further information contact us at Please note that participation is capped at 100 participants, so be quick to register to secure your place.

Towards a Responsible Supply Chain for Electronics

From Mining to Manufacturing
28 September - 2 October 2020

In 2017, eleven European partners joined forces to create the project “Make ICT Fair – Reforming manufacture and minerals supply chains through policy, finance and public procurement”. This diverse partnership (including a university, a newspaper company, an international association of governments, a monitoring organisation, research centers and other specialised civil society organizations) aims at improving the lives of workers and local communities impacted along the ICT supply chain through research, capacity building and campaigning.

Three years later, the consortium is hosting a series of webinars to share the research results, pleading for increased transparency in a fairer ICT supply chain. 

In three webinars, the different links of the ICT supply chain, from mineral extraction to manufacturing and assembly are analysed. Key results of the research are presented and the following questions are debated:

  • Which levers in the supply chain could drive a fairer ICT supply chain?
  • What are the opportunities and calls to action?

These webinars aim to stimulate an open discussion with the sector to achieve a fairer supply chain for electronic devices.

Each webinar is structured in two parts:

  1. Overview of the relevant research results and a brief explanation why its conclusions could help to improve the studied stage in  the supply chain.
  2. Open discussion with the participants.

The webinars are organised by the Make ICT Fair project, in collaboration with Fair ICT Flanders and supported by KU Leuven SIM2.

Find more information about the provisional programme here and don't forget to register !


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

(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.

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