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Localized procurement of produce helps prevent food waste

30 August 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that annually 1.3 billion tonnes of food go to waste. Based on these numbers, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has now published an article estimating 2.1 billions tonnes of food waste and loss by 2030 if business as usual continues. In the face of these numbers the EU aims to halve food waste and loss by 2030.

Food waste and loss occurs along the entire supply chain, which is why interventions need to take place at every step of the way. One way to significantly decrease food was, as suggested by BCG, is to localize food supply chains which can help to reduce spoilage during transport and helps to keep produce fresh.

Public procurement can be geared toward localized sourcing of food for public institutions. During the SPP (Sustainable Public procurement) Regions project, the French region Vendée has awarded five framework contracts localizing the food supply for their school canteens. In the same projects, the City of Bath has developed a tender to ensure local food supply for its public schools. Both tender models can be accessed on the SPP regions project website.

For more information on the EU strategy on food waste click here. More information about the SPP Regions project can be found here.

EU Commission helps EU regions maximise impact of procurement

28 August 2018

As part of the European Union’s Public Procurement Action Plan, the Commission, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will support five European regions in using more innovative public procurement procedures. Hereby the EU wants to “… maximise the impact of public procurement in terms of social objectives, innovation and sustainability.”

Making use of the EU recommendations on the professionalisation of public procurement the Commission will support the City of Athens (Greece) with the procurement of more environmentally-friendly public transport vehicles and Puglia Region (Italy) which is planning to purchase new technologies and innovative administrative services in water management. In addition, the Commission also supports the Coordination and Development Commission in Portugal’s Centro Region, the Greek regions of Central Greece and Eastern Macedonia, and Thrace.

The targeted procurement procedures all relate to projects that are co-financed by the EU. To learn more about the innovation procurement support, click here. For information about the EU Action Plan on Public Procurement, click here.

EcoProcura 2018 to collaborate with Green Electronics Council

21 August 2018

EcoProcura 2018 is proud to announce that it will collaborate with the Green Electronics Council (GEC) on its 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement, which is taking place 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

The GEC is a mission driven non-profit that seeks to achieve a world in which only sustainable IT products are designed, manufactured, and purchased. GEC is also the manager of EPEAT, the leading global type 1 ecolabel for IT products used by public and private sector purchasers in over 43 countries.

During the conference, the Green Electronics Council will host two separate Market Lounge sessions – the first session, which will take place on Thursday 4 October, 11:10-12:50, will explain the GEC initiative, share what sustainability data procurement teams should elicit from Cloud-Service providers, and how to use that data for accounting for sustainability gains for their organisation.

The second session, which will take place on Friday 5 October, 10:50-12:20, will explain new characteristics of the EPEAT eco-label product categories, outline specific SDGs, targets, and indicators that EPEAT products support, and the ways in which impacts can be codified and quantified.

For more information about EcoProcura and to register, click here.

Global Slavery Index 2018 published highlighting role of procurement

16 August 2018

To this date people all over the world remain victims of modern slavery. The  Modern Slavery Index 2018, published by the Walk Free Foundation, sheds light on the extent to which different forms of slavery prevail across the globe. The Index highlights that public authorities are often indirectly linked to these practices, not least due to non-transparent supply chains and a lack of regulation enforcement.

The Index presents the first ever global estimates on the issue – revealing that all countries including developed ones are affected:

An estimated 40.3 million men, women, and children were victims of modern slavery on any given day in 2016. Of these, 24.9 million people were in forced labour and 15.4 million people were living in a forced marriage.

“Striking” do the authors describe the fact that in 2018 there has been an increase in government engagement fighting modern slavery through procurement. In 2018, 36 countries (as opposed to four in 2016) have taken steps to investigate forced labour along supply chains and have introduced procurement guidelines to enforce ethical working conditions.

The role of public procurement in the extractive industries, where forced labour is particularly prevalent, is also a key topic at the Make ICT Fair live market engagement alongside this year’s EcoProcura conference (3-5 October, Nijmegen, the Netherlands).

For more information about the Global Slavery Index click here.

Nijmegen to use Rapid Circular Contracting to renew street

14 August 2018

The 2018 Green Capital of Europe Nijmegen (The Netherlands) wants to catalyse sustainable and circular development through procurement. For the renovation of the street Malderburchtstraat the city went for a “Rapid Circular Contracting” (RCC) tender, challenging the civil engineering sector to develop innovative circular solutions to a regular street renovation.

RCC was developed by the Dutch Foundation for the Circular Economy as a way to stimulate innovative circular solutions through procurement. It allows innovative market parties to develop concepts that fall outside of conventional approaches while striving toward circular ambitions that have been defined in the tender.

In essence, Nijmegen does not award the contract based on a previously developed plan, instead the winning party is selected based on its vision and ambition in the circular economy. The final product will be developed in close collaboration with the city authorities after the contract has been awarded.

For more information on RCC, click here (in Dutch). To find out more about Nijmegen’s procurement trajectory, click here.

The City of Nijmegen is also host of this year’s EcoProcura conference (3 -5 October).

Procurement features heavily among 2018 TA submissions

9 August 2018

The application deadline for the 2018 Transformative Action Award recently closed, with this year’s award setting a record for the number of applications received. Among the 40 entries, were a number of innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural and technological transformation.

The award, co-organised by ICLEI, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.

The shortlisted candidates will be revealed in September and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 15 November at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels (Belgium).

Alongside being recognised as a leader of sustainable urban transformation in Europe, the winner of the 2018 award will receive €10,000 to help initiate further transformative actions in their city or region.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of entries, click here.

Transition to low carbon economies through public procurement

7 August 2018

The World Energy Investment Report 2018, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlights public procurement as one strategy to phase out fossil based fuels and materials.

As an example, the report points out the Netherlands and Canada, which have public procurement rules in place that favour materials with low-carbon footprints for building projects. In the Netherlands, tenderers can have their bids evaluated with a price reduction of up to 5% if their performance meets certain criteria. This, the report says, could “make the difference” for companies that convert CO2 into building materials, and ultimately help establish “significant and sustainable” markets worldwide.

Globally, 2017 has seen a decline in investment in renewables, which could threaten the expansion of clean energy. As the IEA states, this investment would need to go up rapidly to meet clean energy targets.

The full report can be accessed here.

The state as a role model for sustainable consumption

2 August 2018

In an article published this week, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter underlines the important role public procurement has to play in a transition towards a more sustainable society.

The German politician points to the fact that public procurement accounts for about 11 per cent of German GDP - showing that it can be used as a powerful instrument to implement sustainable consumption. The public sector can provide incentives for market players to focus more on sustainability and to support the market of green products.

Ambitious sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies pave the way for public authorities to purchase more sustainably – yet the social dimension of implementing change is key as well. ‘Employees have to be made aware of the changes in their work routine that will follow sustainable procurement decisions’, says Ms. Schwarzelühr-Sutter.

Behavior and organisational change are also key topics at this year’s EcoProcura Conference (3 – 5 October, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

To read the full article by Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter click here.