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InnProBio project releases circular economy factsheet

29 April 2017

A new factsheet published by the InnProBio project which focuses on how procurement of bio-based products and services fit into the circular economy has been published. The factsheet addresses the question: does encouraging the public procurement of bio-based products contribute to fostering a circular economy? The factsheet also serves as an introduction to the circular economy and circular procurement in broader terms.

The bioeconomy uses renewable resources (that is, biomass, such as plants, trees or animals) instead of fossil resources, and can provide products that contribute to the enhanced circularity of our current economic model. The factsheet gives special attention to bio-based plastics and recycling, exploring what end-of-life options are available for a variety of products.

It is the fourth in a series of factsheets published in the framework of the European InnProBio project which includes: ‘What are bio-based products?’, ‘Sustainability of bio-based products’, and ‘Biodegradability: Exposing some of the myths and facts’.

For more information and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.

Sustainable Cities: Transformative Action Award - apply now!

28 April 2017

Applicants are being sought for the Transformative Action Award, which rewards initiatives which address the goals of the Basque Declaration including the use of public procurement to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities.

Initiatives which involve a high level of innovation, for example in terms of social innovation and civic economy, that inspire others to replicate the action elsewhere in Europe are invited from local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations. Actions are preferably part of a local strategy or vision rather than standalone and must be in place for at least three months and less than 5 years at the time of application.

Transformative actions combine various pathways and address one or more agendas of the Basque Declaration. They should achieve a comprehensive transformation with a positive local or regional impact. Winners will be rewarded with free entry and a presentation at the next European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns taking place in 2019 and publicity through the Sustainable Cities Platform, ICLEI online platforms and publications and a promotional video. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2017.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.

UrbanWINS project calls for Citizen Bloggers in 8 European cities

21 April 2017

The UrbanWINS project has issued a call for talented Citizen Bloggers to write about eco-innovative activities based in or around its 8 pilot cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia, Torino, Leiria, Bucharest, Manresa and Sabadell.

UrbanWINS is a three-year EU-funded project aimed at developing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention and management that will boost urban environmental resilience and contribute to a shift towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns.

The purpose of the Citizen Bloggers initiative is to enable citizens to discover how eco-innovation happens locally, through attractive and accessible stories in the local language. Blogging tasks will be agreed with the respective pilot city, and can include e.g. interviewing local stakeholders, reporting from local meetings or contributing to the project’s online platform.

An honorarium is offered for selected bloggers, who must be based in or around one of the pilot cities, be good communicators in the local language and English, with a flair for the topics addressed within the UrbanWINS project. The deadline is 11 May 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit the UrbanWINS Citizen Bloggers page.

RGO Network holds annual General Assembly

18 April 2017

RGO Network (Réseau Grand Ouest) held its annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 4 April 2017. The event focused on the Network’s operations and financial report while considerable thought was given to the Network’s recent and future activities, including sustainable procurement addressed through working groups, training, awareness days, and its involvement in procurement projects and networks, such as SPP Regions project and Procura+.

The General Assembly adopted strategic guidelines for the next year and agreed on the importance of focusing on the development and strengthening of partnerships with other organizations and/or networks within the region. Working groups remain at the network’s core but in response to the participants’ demands, RGO has increased its support on SPP and on implementation of sustainable purchasing policies.

RGO’s General Assembly also agreed on the next working groups topics and webinar, which will cover the topic of procurement in the waste sector.

For more information visit the RGO’s Network page on SPP Regions or the Procura+ network.

Letter from Procura+ Chair Pekka Sauri

14 April 2017

Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Finland, member of ICLEI’s European Regional Executive Committee, and Procura+ Network Chair has written a letter on ICLEI’s CityTalk blog reflecting on 20 years of work on sustainable procurement for ICLEI, the foundation of the Procura+ Network for Sustainable Public Procurement, highlighting the profile of Sustainable Public Procurement and its increased implementation across the EU and worldwide.

Referring to Helsinki’s objective to achieve 100% sustainable public procurement by 2020 and the importance of sustainable public procurement at local and regional authorities in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, Pekka Sauri sets out how looking at a city’s needs holistically can lead to sustainable outcomes.

ICLEI’s CityTalk blog features contributions from local leaders, municipal staff and experts from around the world including opinions, ideas and knowledge that can be applied to local and regional sustainable development.

For more information and to read the full text, visit the CityTalk blog.

Réseau Grand Ouest newsletter published

10 April 2017

Réseau Grand Ouest (RGO) newsletter featuring the latest updates on sustainable public procurement and the network’s main activities on sustainable procurement is now available in French. The Network is part of the H2020 SPP Regions project promoting networks on sustainable public procurement, which is currently recruiting for further networks.

RGO, founded in 2006, has been working to help public authorities integrate social and environmental criteria in their tenders and has joined the SPP Regions project from its very start back in 2015.

This newsletter edition features upcoming events and a section on useful links and latest resources, including the European Criteria for Sustainable Roads and the Annual Responsible Purchasing Barometer.

You can read RGO’s Newsletter through the Network’s page.

For more information SPP Regions recruitment, visit the project website.

New guide for NGOs: Identifying potential tenders for GPP

6 April 2017

The European NGO Network on GPP has published its guide ‘’Identifying potential tenders for Green Public Procurement’’ aimed at guiding NGOs through the steps that are necessary to start actively supporting public authorities in including GPP criteria in their procurements.

The European NGO Network was established in 2016 with the support of the European Commission and aims at supporting NGOs to work with public procurers to enhance GPP uptake.

The document is part of one of the latest resources produced by the network which describes four essential steps to engage with national, regional and local authorities in engaging in GPP. The steps considered are 'Identification of relevant contracting authorities'; 'Looking for ongoing and upcoming procurement procedures'; 'Including GPP aspects in upcoming tenders'; and 'Approaching local authorities with specific and targeted improvements'.

The guide can be downloaded via the network’s page on the Sustainable Procurement Platform.

Waste Package targets - on track?

4 April 2017

Since the European Commission announced the withdrawal of the Waste Package in 2015, to be replaced with a more comprehensive strategy towards a Circular Economy, there has been a familiar level of debate and disagreement over its content and approach.


However, the acceptance in January by the European Parliament of challenging targets towards recyclable waste was heralded as a milestone on the path towards a more resource- and waste-efficient Circular Economy in the EU.

Revising Directives

The new "Waste Package" is, in legislative terms, designed to synchronise various Directives relating to waste, recycling and the related topics of packaging and disposal. The new targets relate primarily to the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.


The targets, when initially mooted in early 2016, were greeted by the waste sector with some concern. The complexity of introducing targets to an area of the economy characterised by rapid but uneven innovation and technological development meant that the Commission's approach had to be to impose relatively long-term targets: to prohibit landfill of recyclable waste by 2025 and to recycle 70% of municipal waste and 80% of packaging waste by 2030.

Challenges for cities

The achievement of these targets across the EU will be no mean feat. While many local and city-regional authorities who have invested in recycling innovation will have little difficulty reaching such targets, currently only 44% of municipal waste across the EU is recycled or composted.
The interpretation of the targets in member states might also present difficulty. The decision over which method should be used to calculate recycling and recovery rates was hotly contested in the drafting process throughout 2016, with industry and municipalities lobbying for the method laid out in the Waste Framework Directive, while environmentalists pushed for the more challenging WEEE Directive to be used. Looking at a process of implementation which extends over 8 years, the definition of "recycled" waste will come in for scrutiny in the application of these targets.

Focus of targets

The European Commission has been keen to demonstrate the potential value of waste targets to the private sector, which has greeted the European Parliament's vote with enthusiasm for the project job creation and market opportunities the targets create in various member states.
However there has been criticism of the targets from proponents of a Circular Economy for being uni-dimensional, and not challenging enough. The focus of the targets on waste output rather than on product manufacture, plastic-sourcing and reduction of e.g. packaging has led some actors in the waste sector to conclude that the Waste Package represents a non-binding, transitional legislative intervention. But proponents of a more product-oriented, differentiated policy had some success in influencing the outcomes - for example, a target of a 30% reduction in food waste is considered likely to have some impact on the food and drink sector. Overall there will be some concern that an opportunity had been missed, through a focus on residual waste, to regulate further on packaging and inefficient manufacture.


Sector Watch will follow developments on the targets through the EU Council and the formal decision-making process in the coming months.


More information on the vote in the European Parliament's Environment Committee on 24 January 2017 can be found at europarl.europa.eu/news