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Norway changes procurement policy to prevent deforestation

27 October 2016

Norway has passed legislation to ensure that it will no longer procure any products that contribute to the destruction of the rain forest, pledging to be a zero-deforestation country. The decision comes as a victory for the Rainforest Foundation Norway, which has long campaigned for the Norwegian government to adopt a zero-deforestation policy.

In addition to timber products, the announcement will impact the procurement of beef, palm oil, and soy. Nils Hermann Ranum, the head of Policy and Campaign at Rainforest Foundation Norway, said in a statement seen by the Independent newspaper: “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest.

“Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.”

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Rotterdam’s procurement activities profiled by GLCN

25 October 2016

The procurement work of the City of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) has been outlined in a new profile produced by the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. The profile outlines the Dutch city's efforts to achieve 100 percent sustainable procurement by 2015.

Rotterdam places a strong emphasis on including green criteria and has moved away from the lowest bid method. Sustainability experts are also involved in the procurement process, offering advice on formulating criteria that are effective and appropriate.

Through its procurement activities, the city aims to a achieve a 40 percent energy reduction in community buildings by 2030, installation of rooftop solar panels on seven public buildings and 70 schools, zero emission delivery of goods and services by 2020, and much more. The document looks at how Rotterdam aims to achieve these targets, and explores the city's future challenges.

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Scottish Border Council promotes living wage and fair trade

20 October 2016

The Scottish Border Council has adopted a new sustainable procurement charter, which sets out how the council will use its procurement activities to meet strategic objectives. The new charter aims to use innovation to foster greater sustainability, and to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the local community.

In addition to promoting social, economic and environmental best practice among suppliers, the charter also encourages businesses to pay employees the Scottish Living Wage, which surpasses the national minimum wage. The purchase of fair trade products across all council services is encouraged through the charter, with fair trade embedded into contracts with suppliers.

The aim of the council is to create a mixed supplier economy in which SMEs and local businesses are contracted in addition to larger companies. The council will also consider adopting EU procedure, such as European Innovation Partnerships, to support the take up of innovative technologies and services.

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City of London will no longer purchase diesel vehicles

19 October 2016

The City of London Corporation, the municipal governing body of the City of London (UK), has banned the purchase or hire of diesel vehicles within its vehicle fleet. The move is intended to promote better air quality in the city.

“This agreement is a major step forward in our drive to protect the millions of London tourists, workers and residents from air pollution. We are taking responsibility for the cleanliness of our fleet and encouraging the use of low and zero emission vehicles with our partners,” said Chris Bell, head of procurement at the City of London Corporation, in a statement seen by the Guardian newspaper.

The authority is also promoting the use of hybrid electric cars, and is encouraging businesses to cut back on deliveries. Since 2009 the authority has managed to reduce NOx emissions from its vehicles by over 40 percent and PM10 emission by over 50 percent.

For more information, visit the Guardian.

Procura+ Seminar focuses on collaboration in SPP

17 October 2016

The Procura+ Seminar gathered over 100 procurement practitioners and policy makers in Rome last week to discuss how sustainable public procurement and innovation procurement can be used to meet strategic objectives in a cost effective way.

Vito Consoli, Director of the Regional Directorate for Environment and Natural Systems of the Lazio Region of Italy, introduced the event. He said, “Sustainable procurement helps transform markets. By working together in sustainable procurement networks, we can engage with suppliers in a coordinated way and create a significant demand for sustainable products and services." Attendees called on city and regional governments across Europe to share ideas and collaborate on sustainable and innovation procurement.

The event also saw the launch of the 3rd edition of the Procura+ Manual. This tailored guide to cost-effective sustainable public procurement includes the latest information on implementing the new procurement directives, addressing advanced sustainability aspects and introducing innovation into procurement processes.

For more information, read the press release.

London underground lowers lighting bill through new procurement approach

13 October 2016

The iconic London Underground carries 1.34 billion passengers every year, and reliable lighting is crucial for keeping its 270 stations running smoothly. The maintenance costs of traditional fluorescent lighting are significant, and in 2015 Transport for London (TfL) introduced a new approach to lighting procurement based on whole life-cycle costs (WLC), with support from the EU funded Procurement of Lighting Innovation and Technology in Europe (PRO-LITE) project.

Using WLC analysis of products allowed TfL to consider information beyond unit price, including installation, maintenance, energy use, carbon, and cleaning costs. This approach demonstrated that the biggest savings were not from short term material costs, or to a greater extent energy costs, but from longer term labour costs (including cleaning, installation and maintenance).

Indicative results from one station suggest that WLC savings of 25 percent are possible by switching to LEDs. Due to the success of the approach, TfL now plans to apply it to other areas of its network.

For more information, download the case study in the GPP News Alert.

Ghent’s sustainable procurement activities profiled by Global Lead Cities Network

11 October 2016

A profile of the City of Ghent (Belgium) published by the Global Lead Cities Network on Sustainable Procurement outlines how the city’s Procurement Strategy allows it to use its purchasing power to meet strategic goals. The Procurement Strategy aims to minimise the city's ecological footprint throughout the entire life-cycle of the purchased product or service, encourage sustainable employment of disadvantaged groups, promote sustainable innovations, foster local economic growth, integrate international labour standards and fair trade principals, and strive towards excellence in procurement.

The profile additionally looks at Ghent’s future procurement plans in a range of fields, such as logistics and fleet management, cleaning products, public lighting, and energy efficiency and building renovation.

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is a group of cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. All participating cities act as ambassadors of sustainable procurement to lead the transition to resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible societies.

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Enzkreis procures innovative energy efficiency solutions for public buildings

7 October 2016

The German district of Enzkreis recently set out to refurbish the roof of a building at the Mühlacker Vocational School, which houses 16 workshops for apprentices in the metal industry. The main objectives were to reduce energy losses through improving the building, and to improve energy efficiency through the installation of windows with a higher energy performance.

The procurement placed an emphasis on innovative solutions, such as thinner roofs with good insulation properties. Energy efficiency and sustainability were included as criteria in the awarding of the contract. The solutions contracted exceeded the demands requested in the tender and overcame the challenge of providing innovative lightweight materials for insulating the roof and glazing the windows, while at the same time ensuring improvements in energy efficiency.

The district is a partner of the EU-funded Public Administration Procurement Innovation to Reach Ultimate Sustainability (PAPIRUS) project, which aims to promote, implement and validate innovative solutions for sustainable construction through public procurement pilot actions across four European countries (Germany, Italy, Norway and Spain).

For more information, download the case study in the GPP News Alert.

New guidance on procuring sustainable mobility available

4 October 2016

The CIVITAS Initiative has released new guidance on public procurement that provides local and regional policymakers and transport practitioners with policy reflections and practical insight from European procurement experts. The report outlines how public authorities should rethink how they meet their mobility needs, and how their procurement strategies can have broader positive (or negative) impacts on sustainable urban mobility patterns.

It describes what cities need to do before procuring vehicles, such as assessing needs and priorities, provides a methodological approach to greening public fleets and sets out how public authorities can go further and be bolder – for example, by procuring together with other cities or beyond local markets. The guidance builds upon existing initiatives and projects and offers some of the most inspiring good practice examples on sustainable mobility procurement in Europe.

Sustainable public procurement is a topic that touches upon many, if not all, of the 10 CIVITAS themes. Examples include purchasing new vehicles or infrastructure that is more sustainable than traditional alternatives, and procuring public transport vehicles that clean or maintain roads and paths. Concepts such as more efficient distribution systems for urban freight and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), which takes a holistic view of the environmental impact of a product, can also be invaluable tools to cities seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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