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Delphis Eco awarded for promoting EU Ecolabel

29 April 2013

British cleaning products manufacturer Delphis Eco has been awarded the 2012 EU Ecolabel Communication Award in the category of "business to business". The award applauds the efforts of Ecolabel certified companies that have launched initiatives to increase public awareness and knowledge about the EU Ecolabel.

To better promote their accreditation, Delphis Eco created a campaign titled “Green up your Cleaning”. The campaign was targeted towards regional and national distributors, schools and universities, policy makers, and partnership bodies. The company also used the accreditation to improve their market positioning and to achieve greater environmental benefits.

After being certified with the prestigious label, the company benefited from a 50 percent growth in sales and greatly increased web traffic. Clients of Delphis Eco include such high profile businesses as Waitrose, Wimpy, Sainsbury’s, and Iceland. The company has also secured international distribution relationships in France, South Africa, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Eastern Europe.

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Socially responsible public procurement debated in the European Parliament

25 April 2013

The conference “Socially responsible public procurement of work wear: challenges and opportunities at EU level” took place in the European Parliament on 9 April 2013. The event was hosted by two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that are highly active in the field, Åsa Westlund and Marc Tarabella. Ms. Westlund insisted on the important role of labels to certify compliance with the requirements set by public authorities, while Mr. Tarabella recalled the Parliaments’ concerns about the sustainability of the cotton supply chain and the working conditions in garment factories.

Mr. Tarabella also stated that in Europe, public procurement represents nearly half of the work wear market, valued at 4 billion Euros. The first intervention came from Carole Crabbé from achACT who presented the “Manual for socially responsible public procurement: work and promotional wear”, addressed to local authorities that want to include social criteria in their public tenders. This presentation was followed by Bettina Musiolek, author of the report “Made in Macedonia” about working conditions in the garment factories in the FYROM. Strong emphasis was placed on the difficulties to control the textile supply chain.

Hendrine Stelwagen, Business Development Manager at the Fair Wear Foundation explained the difficulty of governments when relying on verification schemes. The last intervention was made by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office on behalf of the Network for Sustainable Development in Public Procurement. The demands of this network towards the future Directive on public procurement were presented. There was a strong focus on the need to ensure legal clarity and consistency throughout the future procurement legislation to facilitate the introduction of social criteria. A debate with the public followed.

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Stakeholders asked to take part in pilot study on heating systems

22 April 2013

A pilot study into heating systems led by the Joint Research Centre is calling for stakeholders to take part in the consultation process. Stakeholders can provide input in a number of ways, including through responding to questionnaires and participating in stakeholder meetings.

A revised version of the technical report for the development of European Ecolabel Criteria for Hydronic Heaters is now available online. In order to ensure that all comments are fully considered, stakeholders are asked to submit them before Friday 26 April to:

The project will develop an evidence base from which EU policy making in the area of heating systems can be developed. This includes defining EU Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement criteria, as well as informing Ecodesign requirements. It will also ensure that any outcomes are in line with the approach of the European Commission, resulting in greater policy coherence and compatibility and improved efficiency. In order to take part, stakeholders must register their interest. Those registered are regularly informed of the project’s progress.

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New website helps buyers find responsibly produced products and services

18 April 2013

A new website for responsible buying has been launched in the region of Champagne-Ardenne (France). Both professional and private buyers can use the site to find responsibly produced products and services. The website lists 150 enterprises from the social and solidarity economy (organisations that address societal injustices), most of whom are taking part in a reintegration programme aimed at helping unemployed, disabled or otherwise vulnerable persons rejoin professional life.

In addition to the search tools for enterprises and practical information on how to buy responsibly, the website also includes background information and news. Through the website, the regional government aims to increase the volume of business carried out by enterprises from the social and solidarity economy, and to consolidate or even create jobs in this field. They also seek to support buyers to become responsible "consum'actors" (consumers as activists).

The website has been launched by the regional chamber of social economy of Champagne-Ardenne (CRESCA) together with the reintegration programme networks (réseaux de l'IAE), the regional council, the regional directorate for enterprise, competition, consumption, work and employment (DIRECCTE) and the mutual insurance company for French traders and industrialists (Macif).

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Take part in webinar on green procurement and construction

15 April 2013

A webinar on procuring sustainable construction projects will be held on April 23 as part of the EU Helpdesk on GPP.

The Webinar will provide good practice examples of innovative and sustainable construction and give an update on the development process for EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for office buildings.

Participation is open to all. Register your attendance now by writing to

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German procurers show desire to purchase sustainably at Hannover conference

11 April 2013

German buyers at CeBIT, an annual information technology (IT) conference in Hannover (Germany), displayed great interest in sustainable purchasing according to TCO Development, an organisation providing sustainable certification. The interest is attributed to a desire for the IT industry to be more involved in sustainability issues, particularly socially responsible manufacturing.

Germany is one of the largest actors in Europe regarding IT procurements, with the public sector alone procuring billions of euro worth of products and services annually. The German Federal Employment Agency, for example, procures IT equipment for almost 200,000 users.

During the Conference, TCO Development spoke to several large German procurers, such as ITDZ Berlin and the State of Bavaria, about sustainable procurement. Together German procurers have a lot of power to influence global sustainability issues regarding IT.

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Clear About Carbon delivers final project outcomes

9 April 2013

After a four year period that included such achievements as delivering a ‘carbon literacy’ e-learning package and winning several awards for innovation and mainstreaming, including the top award for mainstreaming at the 2013 ESF Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming Awards, the Clear about Carbon project has ended. The project aimed to find new ways of increasing carbon awareness within businesses and the public sector.

Spearheaded by the University of Exeter Business School, the team concentrated on leadership development and carbon management aspects. They worked with senior management teams in Cornwall on how best to embed carbon in procurement processes, and established a leadership development programme designed to support the embedding of low carbon operations within the participant organisations, and in particular through procurement and supply chain management practices.

Targeted at Cornish businesses and organisations, the project was also successful in having an impact at national level through mainstreaming and dissemination activities. As well as the University of Exeter Business School, the project also benefited from the involvement of organisations specialised in communicating green issues and delivering business development, including the Cornwall Development Company, Eden Project, and Duchy College Rural Business School.

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Lowering energy consumption through improving building stock energy efficiency

5 April 2013

To tackle the problem of high-energy consumption in buildings wide-spread renovation is required, with an emphasis on getting as close to zero-energy as possible. The INSPIRE project aims to help with this task, finding solutions to meet the EU’s energy consumption goals. The four-year long project will produce renovation packages that can be applied to a variety of buildings.

The project will be separated into two main stages: the first will see an analysis of building stock across Europe, with the aim to produce seven target examples that represent the majority. The second stage will be the development of multifunctional renovation kits. The technologies and renovation approaches will be tested on three case studies, two residential and one office building, in Germany, Spain and Italy.

Information from the target buildings and case studies will be fed into a database, which will be available to interested professionals. ICLEI will put together an interest group of public authorities who can feed their ideas and concerns into the development process, and thus make sure that the renovation packages that are being developed fit both the needs of public authorities and comply with procurement processes.

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Analysis finds that new European procurement legislation may harm SPP

3 April 2013

New European Union Directives on Public procurement could work against sustainable public procurement by preventing public authorities from referring to certificates that guarantee sustainability, asserts a recent analysis by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. The Council of Ministers and the European Parliament are currently negotiating an agreement with regards to the legislative proposals made by the European Commission.

The stated aim of the new directives is to ensure that public procurement policies are transparent and fair towards all potential bidders across the EU, however the formulation of the legislation may lead to a “step backwards” on the inclusion of environmental and social considerations, says the FSC. Although public authorities may still reference labels, the scope under which they could do so would be greatly reduced.

The proposed legislation also forbids inclusion of labels that are invented and controlled by companies as promotional tools, to prevent unchecked private sector influence. However this would also exclude organisations such as the FSC, who has companies in its membership. The FSC and FTAO are calling on decision-makers to amend the legislation to ensure that SPP is supported rather than hindered.

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