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Events on Socially Responsible Public Procurement to be held in Germany and Spain

29 November 2012

A seminar aimed at procurers, traders, policy makers and NGOs on buying socially responsible and environmentally friendly clothing and textiles will take place at the Senate for Finance in Bremen (Germany) on 4 December between 9.00 and 12.45. The event is part of the LANDMARK project and will be co-hosted by the Clean Clothes Campaign, Bremen's development policy Network and its Human Rights and Development Information Centre. Those interested in attending the event can register and see the agenda (in German) online.

On 12 December, the final event of “Network Wear” will take place in Barcelona (Spain). For the last three years this European project has been working on issues of socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) of workwear, preventing exploitation of workers and ensuring a more sustainable future. This dynamic work session will take place at the Hotel Alimara between 9.30 and 17.00. Stakeholders working on related issues are warmly invited to attend this European level event, which will be attended by the LANDMARK project European working group on SRPP, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), Client Earth and the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium.

The "fair flowers" exhibition takes place on 7 January 2013 in Bremen, between 14.00 and 17.00. A LANDMARK project training session will take place on 10 January, again aimed at procurers, traders, policy makers and NGOs, this time on the topic of buying flowers in a socially responsible manner.

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Public consultation launched for new health care GPP criteria

27 November 2012

Stakeholders are invited to comment on new EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for Electrical and Electronic Equipment used in the health care sector being developed by the Swedish Environmental Management Council (SEMCo), in agreement with the Directorate General for the Environment (DG Environment) of the European Commission. The criteria will be used throughout the EU.

SEMCo is specifically looking for comments on the Draft GPP Criteria document and whether the criteria are practical to use from a procurement or tenderer perspective. A Technical Report is also available, providing background to the criteria. The criteria document has been developed in a working group composed of representatives from trade and industry, county councils, governmental agencies and SEMCo.

Comments must be sent by 15 January. SEMCo will process each of the received comments. A summary of how each individual comment has been handled will be published on the project website. The results of the public consultation are expected to be published in the form of a GPP criteria document in December 2013.

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New ICLEI Public Procurement Tool helps local authorities find true costs

23 November 2012

ICLEI has launched a new tailor-made tool for sustainable procurement: the Life Cycle Costing and Emissions Online Tool. The tool has been developed to help public authorities calculate the life cycle costs (LCC) and important emissions (CO2, CO2eq, NOx, SO2, NMHC and PM) of different products, work and services to assist in procurement decision-making. The version 2.0 (2nd beta version) is now available online in German and English.

Buying green can save money, particularly when an LCC approach is taken during the procurement process – to account for all of the costs that will be incurred during the lifetime of the product, work or service and its related emissions, not just the purchase price. LCC can save costs by allowing procurers to choose the option which represents best value over its entire life-cycle. The tool can be used to assess two very closely related values: life cycle costs and related emissions. It is suitable for use in tendering to compare any number of offers.

The tool can also handle offers which include multiple products, works or services. Furthermore, it is designed to assess the current situation and so determine potential financial and emissions impacts of innovative alternative solutions. The development of the tool has been done in cooperation between Ökoinstitut and ICLEI and with the financial support from the Federal Environment Agency of Germany, the Federal Environment Ministry of Germany and the EU IEE programme.

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Stakeholders invited to contribute to revision of furniture procurement and Ecolabel criteria

19 November 2012

Stakeholders are invited to participate in a European Commission study preparing the ground for the revision of the EU Ecolabel criteria for Wooden furniture and revision of the Green Public Procurement criteria for Furniture. Stakeholders such as manufacturers, trade bodies, the supply chain industry, consumer organisations and NGOs can get involved in the contribution process by registering online. The study is carried out by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS).

Registered stakeholders will be regularly informed about the progress of the study, have access to preliminary results and draft documents and can respond to questionnaires and/or participate at stakeholder meetings. The EU Ecolabel for Furniture promotes the production and consumption of products with a reduced environmental impact along the life cycle and is awarded only to the best (environmental) performing products in the market.

Similarly, GPP will address public authorities seeking to procure environmentally friendly goods and services. The revised EU Ecolabel and GPP criteria will be defined on the basis of the environmental information derived from Life Cycle Assesment and environmental performance product assessments. Different environmental, safety and functional aspects will be considered. Continuous interaction with experts and stakeholders is foreseen to ensure Europe wide applicability.

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E-learning and tutor-led training on ethical procurement for UK health staff

14 November 2012

A training programme supporting social care staff and National Health Service (NHS) staff in the ethical procurement of goods and services has been launched in the United Kingdom. Funded by the UK Department of Health, the training supports implementation of procurement guidance provided in the Ethical Procurement for Health workbook. Published in 2011, the workbook provides practical advice for healthcare buyers, helping them to identify poor labour standards and take action through the procurement process and through better engagement with suppliers.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said that the NHS should be held to a high standard in its procurement practices, stating that “Poor labour standards within supply chains of products and services provided to the NHS are inexcusable.” The training is in the form of a tutor-led course accompanied by three online training modules on ethical procurement. These training modules are provided by the National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme (NSPPP) and are openly available and free of charge to all interested parties.

Minister Poulter praised the training materials, saying that through helping NHS buyers with ethical procurement they would “help to protect the health and wellbeing of workers in the supply chain”. To register for the Ethical Procurement for Health online modules or related NSPPP e-learning materials including Environmental Issues in Procurement and the Carbon Literacy E-Learning Resource follow this link.

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Purchasing goals should be defined earlier to boost eco-innovation claims EU project

9 November 2012

Public authorities need to set out eco-innovation criteria much earlier in the procurement process to achieve results, according to ECOPOL, a European Union funded project. Tomi Tura, the coordinator of ECOPOL, argues that focusing on the earlier stages of procurement is vital to utilsing Green Public Procurement (GPP) to effectively push eco-innovation.

“The biggest opportunities for ambitious innovation-boosting GPP lie in the phase where we define what we are really aiming to purchase, how we communicate to the market our needs and activate it to react, and how we change our attitudes to accept – and to manage – the higher risks that purchasing innovations often includes,” Tura says.

Vienna's WienWin programme, a project to analyse and test promising eco-innovation policies and tools, was applauded by ECOPOL as a shining example of early phase engagement. WienWin develops a dialogue with innovative companies on the new ideas that could shape future products and public services. Finland's RAKLI Procurement Clinic, which runs workshops with companies to explain challenges it hopes to tackle, was also praised.

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New report makes the case for green public procurement as a means to drive growth

7 November 2012

A report detailing the link between public procurement and green growth, and featuring a collection of international Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) and innovation case studies, has been published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The report compiles initiatives from various regions around the world to demonstrate the economic and societal benefits of GPP. The role of procurement in driving green innovation is also examined.

Titled “Procurement, Innovation and Green Growth: The story continues…”, the document builds on the existing body of work that supports the case for GPP, further identifying means by which procurement can facilitate the green economy. The enabling environment that would see public procurement effectively serve as a trigger for green industrial innovation, expansion and growth is closely looked at.

Case studies include the GPP pathway in China, sustainable road procurement in Australia, and the early experience of Dutch infrastructure Public-Private Partnership contracts, among many others. The future of procurement and green growth, analysed in the report’s final section, is seen to be broadly positive thanks to an increase in international policy frameworks.

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Guidelines focus on Chain of Custody systems in South East Asian countries

2 November 2012

A new guide outlines measures to achieve credible timber certification in Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) countries. A particular emphasis is placed on Chain of Custody (CoC) procedures, a method of keeping rigorous documentation to provide assurance that wood products originate from sustainably managed forests. A good CoC system transparently shows the timber supply chain as timber is transferred from one custodian – be it harvester, processer, transporter, etc. - to the consumer.

To achieve verification of legality and forest certification, it was deemed that a proper CoC system is necessary. The guide, titled “Guidelines for Chain of Custody for Legal Timber and Sustainable Timber”, contains separate sections on legality and sustainability in CoC systems, as sustainability presents requirements beyond legal compliance. To produce the guide, currently available CoC systems were reviewed along with available implementation guidance.

Acknowledging the potential complexity of timber supply chains, the guide delves into each possible stage in-depth, outlining required labeling and storage. CoC building blocks and principles are also examined, as well as how to identify and manage critical control points. In addition to ASEAN, the document was developed by The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the Korea Forest Service, Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade, and the Korea-Indonesia Forest Center.

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