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Webinar on European sustainability criteria for textiles on 28 June

30 May 2017

A webinar organised by the EU GPP Helpdesk will take place on Monday 28 June at 14:30-16:00 (CEST) and will focus on the newly updated EU GPP Criteria for Textile Products and Services. The Webinar will feature presentations from experts working on green procurement in the field of textiles, including from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

It will provide insights from sectoral experts on the revision of the new European GPP criteria for textiles, and practical insights from public purchasers on how to overcome some of the challenges to implementing sustainable procurement policies in relation to textiles.

Details about the scope of new GPP guidance and its proposed solutions for the textiles product area will be up for discussion. These expert insights will be complemented by a selection of best practice experiences from European cities and regions. Participation is free of charge.

For more information, and to register for the webinar, visit the ICLEI registration page.

Join online: Seminar on SPP and reducing hazardous materials

26 May 2017

An international seminar aimed will be held from 30-31 May in Turku, Finland entitled Reduction of Hazardous Substances from urban sources – Strategies, tools and incentives for municipalities. The seminar, organised as part of the NonHazCity project will have a session on the use of public procurement at the municipal level to reduce the use of target substances in public premises.

ICLEI will present relevant examples from across its Procura+ network as to how cities can practically implement sustainable procurement, including criteria to reduce the use of hazardous products. Other speakers on the procurement session include NonHazCity project partners Turku and the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Research, Germany addressing the procurement challenges around hazardous substances and the effectiveness of ecolabels.

Examples from Finland, Austria and Denmark will be presented and the session will conclude with a discussion session. The seminar will be live streamed.

For more information, the full agenda and links for registration and joining the live stream visit the NonHazCity website.

SPP Regions project publishes new best practice report

23 May 2017

The SPP Regions project, which promotes SPP and PPI in European regional networks of municipalities, has released its Best Practice Report on Performance / Output Based Specifications. The report explores and explains Performance / Output Based Specifications (POBS) for Performance Based Contracting, reporting successful practices and outlining benefits and potential challenges.

Focusing on examples of best practice, the report exemplifies Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust (UK) procuring an energy performance contract; the Danish Municipality of Hedensted procuring efficient heating and ventilation solutions and a London Fire Brigade (LFB) partnership with the City & Fire Brigade of Ghent in Belgium on the environmental performance of fire vehicle fleets.

The report also sets out the key steps in executing a POBS based tender, including a 12-step checklist and identifies potential challenges when using a POBS approach.

For more information and to download the full report, visit the SPP Regions website.

Circular Procurement in the Nordic countries - report published

18 May 2017

A report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers outlining approaches to circular procurement in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland has been published. The study, entitled Circular Procurement in the Nordic Countries includes analysis and best practice case studies across sectors such as construction, waste, water management, food and catering, transport, furniture and textiles.

The report identifies that sustainable procurement could be a priority area for future Nordic cooperation, and points to potential opportunities and future challenges for Nordic countries in each of the sectors addressed. It argues that a successful Circular Economy approach will require strategic thinking and cooperation at all levels of government, and that continuous market dialogue between public administrations, business and other economic actors is required to promote circular procurement.

The study was jointly carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute, the Swedish Environmental Research Centre and the Copenhagen Resource Institute.

For more information and to download the report, visit the Copenhagen Resource Institute website.

Cities invited to join the BuyZET City Observer Group

17 May 2017

New cities are invited to join the BuyZET project City Observer Group to gain access to useful resources and the project’s activities. The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches.

The project encourages cities to join as Observer Cities alongside Brussels and Southampton already working closely with the project. By joining the EU-funded project, cities will get the chance to learn from other’s experiences in implementing zero emissions urban delivery of goods and services by engaging closely with the project.

Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will get support in applying the methodologies of the project, participate in expert meetings, engage in peer review process on each city’s activities and join or form Buyers' Groups. Funding is available to support Observer City activities.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website. If you are interested in joining BuyZET as an Observer City, contact

Procurers and suppliers share their challenges on the bio-based field in an event organised by InnProBio

12 May 2017

The InnProBio team hosted the first workshop and market dialogue on public procurement of bio-based products and services in Germany. The event took place last 25 April in Bonn. At the workshop, resources and results of the project were presented to the participants. All supporting tools for public procurers are available at the InnProBio website. The team is currently working on a Decision Support Tool that will be finalised and launched in September. Its aims it to serve as a guideline for public procurers interested in purchasing bio-based products.

During the workshops, participants discussed barriers in procuring bio-based products, such as, including the term “bio-based” in tenders. They also mentioned that the main reasons hindering the inclusion of specific criteria on bio-based are the overall knowledge of what bio-based is, where to find this kind of products, and what certificates currently exist. The InnProBio Decision Support Tool aims at helping procurers with their information search.

The market dialogue allowed public procurers to meet product suppliers. Bio-based textiles, catering products, office materials, maintenance service and wood furniture were showcased. Participants could share their views and obstacles from the demand and the offer sides.

The workshop and the market dialogue were organised in cooperation with the Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement in Bonn.

Check the presentations here

EU-Taiwan GPP seminar held in Taipei

10 May 2017

The 2017 EU-Taiwan Green Public Procurement Seminar, involving 150 participants from Europe and Taiwan, has taken place in Taipei. Organised as part of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme, experts from the European Commission, EU member states and Taiwan presented and discussed policies, strategies and best practice for sustainable and circular procurement.

International cooperation on resource efficiency in global supply chains is a trade priority for the EU, while Taiwan is developing a green public procurement approach to large-scale infrastructure projects. Participants in the seminar included regulators, representatives of central and local governments, as well as the private sector, and the programme focused on best practice and strategies for implementation of sustainable procurement.

ICLEI's Deputy Regional Director, Mark Hidson, presented illustrative examples of successful approaches taken by several European cities to the implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement. Topics of other presentations included the circular economy and procurement, national approaches to sustainable procurement and the application of GPP to major projects, such as railway construction. Panel discussions explored GPP approaches to stimulating innovation and investment in Taiwan and Europe.

For more information, visit the EBRC website.

First International Standard for Sustainable Procurement launched

5 May 2017

The International Standards Organisation has launched the first global standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400, which aims to establish guidelines for companies and procurers to make supply chains more ethical and sustainable. 38 participant countries and 14 observers currently recognise ISO 20400, representing 65% of the global population and 73% of total carbon emissions. The standard, which has been under development for four years, covers social and economic sustainability in addition to environmental sustainability.

The focus is on mitigating the various risks associated with poor supply chain management, and the strategy does not propose certification for compliant companies like many other ISOs. Instead the standard is aimed at generating consensus around improvement of supply chains and enhancing the ethical standards underpinning global purchasing.

ISO 20400 will complement existing standards (e.g. ISO 260000 on social responsibility) and is hoped to increase dialogue on ethics and sustainability between buyers and suppliers worldwide.

For more information and to see the full text of ISO 20400, visit the International Standards Organisation website.

Registration open for Strategic Public Procurement Conference - Paris June 2

4 May 2017

The European Commission’s DG GROW will host a conference on Strategic Public Procurement in Paris on 2 June which aims to raise awareness among decision makers and the procurement community about the benefits of strategic procurement, with an emphasis on sustainability, social responsibility and innovation.

The draft programme includes opening speeches by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and addresses across two sessions the key policy and implementation challenges in strategic public procurement. Moderated panel discussions will consider both Political Ownership and Policies for Strategic Public Procurement, and latterly the importance of market consultation and designing reward criteria.

Prospective participants should complete the online registration form by 9 May to indicate their interest in attending the conference, which has limited spaces. Participation at the conference is free although costs for accommodation and travel will not be reimbursed.

For more information and to register, visit the DG GROW website.