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Back on track - new EU GPP criteria for Road Transport

29 January 2019

The European Commission has just published new voluntary EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for Road Transport. The use of these criteria has the potential to considerably reduce environmental impacts from road transport as the criteria are designed to make it easier for public authorities to purchase goods, services and works through tender processes that for instance require:

• criteria on type-approval CO2 emissions for cars and light commercial vehicles, and specific technologies for heavy-duty vehicles and L-category vehicles;
• criteria for energy efficiency for electric cars and light commercial vehicles;
• criteria on battery warranties;
• criteria on vehicle and tyres noise emissions;
• key competencies and the application of key environmental management measures and practices from service providers;
• adequate and frequent training for the staff of service providers.

The new framework distinguishes between ‘Core’ and ‘Comprehensive’ criteria, making GPP more accessible for public authorities operating in different procurement contexts. Core criteria which allow for easy application of GPP, focusing on the key area (s) of environmental performance of a product and aimed at keeping administrative costs for companies to a minimum. Comprehensive criteria which take into account or higher levels of environmental performance, for use by authorities that want to go further in supporting environmental and innovation goals.

Read the full document here.

Learn more about EU GPP Criteria here.

Our world is only 9% circular – let’s close the gap!

24 January 2019

During the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Circle Economy launched the second annual Circularity Gap Report. The report emphasises that our linear model is effectively no longer fit for purpose, failing both people and the planet. Circular economy strategies have the potential to be instrumental in the push to mitigate the associated climate impacts since climate change and material use are closely linked. Circle Economy calculates that 62% of global greenhouse gas emissions (excluding those from land use and forestry) are released during the extraction, processing and manufacturing of goods to serve society’s needs; only 38% are emitted in the delivery and use of products and services.

However, most governments barely consider circular economy measures in policies aimed at meeting the UN target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, the report states. Harald Friedl, CEO of Circle Economy, explains “governments’ climate change strategies have focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency and avoiding deforestation but they have overlooked the vast potential of the circular economy. They should re-engineer supply chains all the way back to the wells, fields, mines and quarries where our resources originate so that we consume fewer raw materials. This will not only reduce emissions but also boost growth by making economies more efficient”.

Public authorities can make the shift using tools of circular procurement, adding elements of material reuse, lifecycle costing and regenerative design to tender process. The project Circular PP is pioneering this approach working with several European municipalities. To learn more about the project, click here. ICLEI and the EU Commission recently published a helpful guide on circular procurement. Check it out here.

Read the full Circularity Gap Report here.

Let’s do no harm – sustainable procurement in the healthcare sector

22 January 2019

With more than 15,000 hospitals, the healthcare sector represents over 7% of European GDP - with this great purchasing power, healthcare procurers can use their influence in medical device market to move towards safer, more sustainable products.

While they play an essential role in healthcare delivery, medical devices may contain hazardous substances that pose risks to patient health and staff safety through their use and disposal. Phasing out medical devices with harmful substances and replacing them with safer alternatives should be a key component of sustainable procurement strategies within healthcare facilities. Sustainable procurement strategies within healthcare facilities should seek to phase out medical devices with harmful substances and to replace them with safer alternatives.

Sustainable procurement in healthcare not only creates environmental and financial benefits for the procuring organisation, but can also contribute to greater patient and employee safety and well-being. 

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe’s publication, Guidelines for the procurement of safer medical devices, gives an overview of the European regulatory framework surrounding procurement of medical devices and provides a step-by-step guide to carrying out sustainable procurement initiatives in healthcare settings.

Read the full report here.

Read a more detailed article here.

EU Stakeholder Group Calls for Clean Vehicle Procurement Rules

17 January 2019

The EU needs clean vehicle procurement rules to boost e-mobility in cities, says major e-mobility stakeholder group the Platform for Electro-mobility.  With air pollution responsible for 400,000 premature deaths every year, and greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector still on the rise, fossil free mobility and transport should be a key goal for local and European level policymakers alike.

Folker Franz, Head of Government Relations EU at ABB, a member of the Platform for Electro-mobility, calls for a Clean Vehicles Directive that would mandate public authorities to procure a minimum share of clean and zero-emissions vehicles by 2025 and by 2030.

An overarching policy framework identifying clear electrification targets for public fleets would send a strong message to vehicle manufacturers and reduce the overall cost of the technology and allow zero emission solutions reach the scale needed. Most importantly, it would be a solid path toward significant CO2 reductions and clean air in European cities.

European projects such as BuyZET and ECCENTRIC showcase pilot actions of low or zero emission public procurements. For more case studies and guidance on low emission public transport and mobility, head over to our resource centre.

Read the full article here.

Binhai wins Chinese Public Procurement Award

15 January 2019

Tianjin Binhai New District won the 2018 China Government Procurement Award for innovation in green procurement. The Award recognizes their green furniture procurement evaluation system, which helps to assess and weigh environmental performance of bidding products on a large scale with full life cycle perspective.

In 2017, the Binhai Government Procurement Center pledged to advance green public procurement (GPP) by establishing a local green evaluation system. To this end, the Binhai Government Procurement Center joined the 10YFP SPP Working Group 1A “GPP Implementation and Impact Monitoring” as one of the East Asian pilot local governments - along with Suwon (Korea), Guiyang, Shenzhen Guangming District, Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone, and Tianjin Jizhou District (China).

Under the project, ICLEI East Asia worked closely with the Binhai Government Procurement Center and domestic partners, and identified the furniture sector as the entry point to pilot the green procurement evaluation scheme. ICLEI East Asia helped formulate a set of specifications, award criteria, and verification methods covering phases of raw materials extraction, design, manufacturing, assembling, transport, and end of life treatment. In June 2018, the Binhai Government Procurement Center applied the criteria to two tenders of procuring 6,160 sets of school desks and chairs for public campuses. From 2019 onwards, the district of Binhai is looking into issuing a local document to accelerate the adoption throughout the district.

Become Part of the Team: Vacancy at ICLEI

14 January 2019

The Sustainable Economy and Procurement team at ICLEI is looking to fill the position of Officer Sustainable Economy and Procurement at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany).

ICLEI Sustainable Economy and Procurement team has been working on the topic of sustainable, strategic and innovation procurement for 22 years. In more recent years the team are also working on the topic of financing and sustainable local economies. The team support public authorities in implementation activities, spreading awareness of the concepts, developing new approaches, capacity building and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.

This role has a topical focus on financing sustainable urban development and infrastructure. The new officer will be involved in the identification and delivery of a range of European projects. Working language is English and deadline for applications is January 19. The description of the position and information on how to apply can be found on the ICLEI jobs page.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of 1,200 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development.

We are looking forward to your applications!

Conference on Food Waste Prevention and Management

9 January 2019

Food waste is an important policy issue across Europe, from France to the Czech Republic, policy makers are adopting new laws urging producers and retailers to eliminate and donate unsold food that would otherwise go to waste.

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, is now inviting to a conference on the topic of food waste management and prevention. The event tackles one of the most pressing issues when it comes to waste management and prevention.

From a circular economy point of view, it is necessary to reduce and manage food losses occurring along the whole supply chain. More sustainable food systems can be and need to be achieved in order to reach the targets defined by the UN’s development agenda for the 21st century.  

Although there is a lot of research done in the food waste sector there are still fundamental issues that need to be faced first like identifying appropriate methods to monitor the food waste amounts along the food supply chain or identifying how different actors can work together in future. Beyond that it is necessary to cope with slowly changing attitudes and behaviours of actors along the food value chain - therefore possible solutions to transfer knowledge and arouse interest need to be tested. 
This conference focuses on new findings as well as new solutions for the prevention and management of food waste along the whole supply chain in the Central Europe region but would love to share and discuss current scientific insights on this issue from all over the world.
Several pilot actions of the European project UrbanWINS are targeted at reducing food waste in urban areas. They address different stakeholders along the supply chain of food products, including producers, retailers, restaurants, consumers, and waste management companies.

Introducing a new regulation, the city of Bucharest is developing a waste prevention guide and integrated “zero waste” separate collection system for the food industry (e.g. restaurants, catering).

In the city of Cremona, a ‘Last Minute Market’ for recovered and donated food surpluses and expiring products is created, reducing the amount of food, as well as contributing to social solidarity.

And finally, the city of Leiria is developing a guide for food waste reduction, addressing restaurants, canteens, bars, catering services and the general public. The city will also offer a training program to help implementing measures to prevent, reduce and separate urban residues at the source.

What is next for Sustainable and Innovation Procurement?

8 January 2019

The new year of 2019 brings new projects and new opportunities for Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP).

The circular economy is a key topic dominating the sustainability debate for years now. Public procurement has an important role to play in the transition toward more circularity. Ambitious local authorities are taking on the challenge to make their procurement more circular and 2019 will see the first results of their endeavours. To learn more about what communities are doing to implement a more circular economy check out the projects CircularPP as well as UrbanWINS  - and more projects coming up soon.

Social procurement goes beyond fair contracts for service providers. Ethical and fair trade needs to be assured along the entire supply chain. Implementing and monitoring fair supply chains and creating a commitment from all stakeholders is an important task for 2019. The Make ICT Fair project leads the way by involving local authorities in creating fair trade along the ICT supply chain.

More and more public authorities are seizing the opportunity to spark innovation through public tenders. Innovative products and services are the results of these. And cooperation among the public bodies is essential – it allows to implement good practices at a large scale and sends a powerful sign to the market for more innovation. Procure2Innovate and InnoBroker are two projects that show how Europe-wide cooperation among purchasing bodies can lead to innovation.

Sustainable and innovation procurement stretch beyond European borders. ICLEI offices globally have been working hard to support SPP and 2019 has promising global cooperation on the horizon. The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement – a network among leading cities in SPP - is developing a new and ambitious programme for the coming period.

The  Procura+ Awards 2019 reward outstanding sustainable and innovation procurement initiatives. Apply now and let your colleagues know about this opportunity.

For the New Year of 2019, we wish you all success with your sustainable, innovative, circular and strategic tenders. If you want to keep up to date with our work and key developments in sustainable and innovation procurement in 2019, subscribe to our newsletter here.