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Malaysia committed to sustainable procurement through GPP plan

29 August 2013

The Malaysian government has demonstrated its support for sustainable procurement by adopting the Government Green Procurement Action Plan on 10 July 2013. The six biggest government ministries in terms of procurement spending will be moving onto the implementation stage of the plan soon.

This movement by the Malaysian government indicates a greater degree of coordination on sustainable procurement than in the past. The Action Plan will help different agencies and departments to work together to ensure that they are cohesive in their efforts. It is aimed at greening the entire lifecycle of the government’s procurement from the raw materials to production, to the eventual use and waste management of products and goods.

Four key sectors are acting as focal points for Malaysia’s sustainable procurement programme, including building, food, transport and tourism. Short-term projects covered by the Action Plan are scheduled for completion by December 2014, while longer term projects will be completed by 2020.

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LED street lighting comes to Bath and North East Somerset

27 August 2013

Bath and North East Somerset Council is the first local authority in the UK to convert all their street lighting to LED technology. The switch will save the council over €230,000 per year and cut carbon emissions by 780 tonnes, which is equivalent to three percent of the council’s total energy consumption.

Each lamp contains more than 80 tiny bulbs, which have a life span of 60,000 hours, or around 16 years when they are lit for 10 hours each day. This is five times more efficient than a traditional street lamp. Additionally, the new lights employ an intelligent lighting system which adjusts its output to match the level of traffic on the road at any one time, saving energy when there are fewer vehicles on the road.

As well as the financial and environmental advantages that LED lighting systems can deliver, they provide clearer and better illumination than traditional street lighting, making areas safer at night for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

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Webinar series to provide training on green public procurement

26 August 2013

A series of webinars will be held on energy efficient public procurement and the monitoring and evaluation of green public procurement programmes, organised by the Clean Energy Solutions Center in partnership with the SEAD initiative and the European Commission’s Green Public Procurement Programme. Effective procurement policies can help governments save considerable amounts of money while also reducing energy consumption.

A webinar-based training will be provided at 9:00 EDT on 18 September 2013 on key findings from the SEAD Initiative report Energy Efficient Public Procurement: Best Practice in Programme Delivery. The report discusses the challenges in delivering public procurement programmes. It also presents creative solutions adopted by different countries to overcome these challenges. Key points from this analysis will be discussed along with case studies from the EU, Sweden, the UK, and the US. Registration is available online.

At 9:00 EDT on 25 September 2013 key findings from the recently published SEAD Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) Green Public Procurement Programmes will be presented. The presentation will include an overview of current practices, highlight international practices, and summarise lessons to improve the effectiveness of procurement monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Representatives from South Korea and the U.S. will also present case studies that show leadership and innovation in implementing M&E systems. Those interested can register online.

Public consultation on sustainable procurement in Orkney

23 August 2013

Orkney Islands Council (UK) held a consultation on its new draft policy on sustainable procurement. Ensuring that the new policy is in line with the guidelines set out in the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Procurement Action Plan, the draft document includes a number of features that are central to sustainable procurement principles.

There is specific mention of achieving a truly sustainable supply chain for goods, works and services that not only considers the initial purchasing price but the costs involved in the whole life-cycle of a product or a service. As sustainable procurement practices are grounded in overall climate and sustainability policy, the prohibition of buying products which may harm the environment, social, or economic well-being of local and global communities is stressed. Furthermore, provision is made for continual auditing and engagement, to identify and assess need and to set and monitor targets.

David Rendall, the council’s Head of Buildings and Facilities said, “We want to ensure as best we can that local businesses are given an opportunity to actively participate in procurement activities undertaken by the council. In recent years OIC has increasingly moved to awarding contracts on the basis of value for money rather than lowest price. The inclusion of sustainability criteria is a good way of building on this shift in focus." The consultation closed on 23 July.

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Experience exchange programme seeks hosts organisations

20 August 2013

Organisations with experience and expertise in public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP) are invited to act as "host" organisations for the PPI platform's experience exchange programme. Those with little experience but a desire to learn more are invited to apply for a participant position. The experience exchange will see procurers from less experienced organisations travel to advanced organisations to gain a more in-depth understanding of the procurement processes.

As well as developing skills on PPI and PCP by learning from others, participants will also experience new ways of thinking about problems and solutions. Additionally, participants will get the chance to see PPI and PCP in action through field visits. Host organisations will have the opportunity to promote their organisation’s work on PPI and PCP and exchange ideas with committed, enthusiastic individuals.

For those for which price is an issue, a limited number of places will have travel and accommodation expenses covered. The timing of the exchange is flexible, and will be agreed upon by the host and participant organisations.

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Experts invited to shape PCP manual through survey

13 August 2013

The project iMobility Support is inviting procurement experts to provide input into a survey on Pre-commercial procurement (PCP) activities in Europe. The results of the survey will be used to develop a European level PCP manual. Experts sought after include persons from innovation agencies, procurement contractors, and other relevant stakeholders.

The poll will enable participants to share their experience and insights into PCP with other experts in the field, and allow them to shape the new manual for PCP, particularly as it relates to Intelligent Traffic Systems. The chance to talk with European level experts will also be provided.

iMobility support is funded by DG CONNECT of the European Commission, and aims to support the implementation of intelligent mobility solutions in Europe. One of the primary objectives of the project is to produce a comprehensive PCP manual that includes best practice examples from across Europe.

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European Sustainable Timber Coalition looks to create markets for sustainable timber

9 August 2013

European local governments are increasingly recognising the important role they can play in driving the market for sustainably produced timber through demanding that wood products come from sustainably managed forests, be they tropical or European. Preserving forests means considering all aspects, such as ensuring the forests’ benefits are equitably distributed amongst the local populations. Instead of threatening the remaining tropical forests, demanding sustainably produced tropical timber therefore helps to maintain them, as it transforms forests into a valuable entity and discourages illegal deforestation.

The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (EU STTC) aims to boost the market for sustainable tropical timber - with public procurement seen as a key tool. It brings together partners from local, regional and national governments, as well as from the private sector. It offers direct support to local governments which commit to sustainable timber procurement.

Cornwall County Council was the first local authority to join this initiative, which will be officially launched in November. Cornwall has a commendable timber procurement policy that requires council officers to take sustainability considerations into account when procuring. One key objective of the council's commitment is the purchasing of legal and sustainably sourced timber and wood products, which are independently verified when possible. Cornwall’s policies can be found, along with other interesting publications, in our Resource Database on Sustainable Procurement.

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EU GPP Criteria for Waste Water Infrastructure released

6 August 2013

EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for the procurement of waste water infrastructure projects are detailed in a new report published by the European Commission. The document gives an introduction to the principles of using GPP criteria for waste water infrastructure projects, provides an overview of the key environmental impacts related to waste water infrastructure projects, and describes the GPP activities in different phases of the development process.

The guide covers both core GPP criteria, which address significant environmental impacts and cause little extra burden to implement, and comprehensive GPP criteria, which outline how to purchase the best environmental products available and may require extra administrative effort and expense.

The document also describes how Life Cycle Costing can be used within GPP, and provides information on relevant European legislation. Procurement of waste water infrastructure is a complex process, which often requires the procuring organisation to seek additional technical support. The document therefore provides only voluntary guidance, and does not inhibit public authorities from using their own approaches to GPP.

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GPP uptake in APEC countries examined in new report

1 August 2013

Through questionnaires and a thorough review of literature, an outline of the level and impact of GPP policies in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries, comprised of 21 Pacific Rim nations, has emerged. The findings have been published in the new report "Asia Pacific Region: Challenges and Opportunities for Green Growth and Trade".

The study reveals that 18 of the 21 countries included have already developed, or are developing, a GPP policy, but only 15 have defined environmental standards for specific categories of green goods and services. Challenges to GPP uptake, as well as the related opportunities for improvement, have been identified as the scarcity of green products in the market, the scope for greater eco-label use, and the need to better communicate the benefits of GPP, among others.

Greater collaboration and cooperation is needed to improve the state of green growth and open trade in the region, states the report. In addition to discussing the use of GPP as a means to further growth and promote trade in environmental goods and services, the report also incorporates an overview of the best GPP practices in the region.

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