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Vatican aims to stamp out forced labour from supply chains

30 March 2016

The Vatican is taking steps to rid its supply chains of slave labour and is encouraging others to follow its lead. Pope Francis is strongly behind the campaign with Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican secretariat for the economy, recently congratulating the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) on their resolution to fight forced labour issues in global supply chains.

The CGF is a global network of 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries. Cardinal Pell hailed the CGF's decision to adopt the resolution to help prevent slavery as a "giant step forward".

Speaking at the Global Foundation meeting in Rome (Italy), the Cardinal said: “It is against this backdrop that I am pleased to confirm that the Vatican itself will commit to slavery-proofing its own supply chains and I hope that today’s announcements will serve as encouragement for others to follow suit.”

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Submissions invited for 2016 Welsh National Procurement Awards

24 March 2016

The 2016 edition of the Welsh National Procurement Awards, which celebrates achievements in Wales in public procurement and tendering, is now open for submissions. The awards ceremony will take place on 10 June 2016 and will see leaders in the Welsh public procurement sector in attendance.

Submissions for the awards are open until 13 May 2016 with the guidelines and nominations form available online. 10 award categories are open this year, covering a wide spectrum of procurement activities. Award categories include: innovation through procurement, corporate social responsibility, e-procurement, and procurement collaboration.

To be successful, nominees must display to the judges that they have achieved a high degree of innovation or achievement; measurable and significant results, as viewed from a number of perspectives, such as savings, organisational culture change, efficiency, effectiveness, etc.; and transferability, from the perspective that the central idea or approach shows promise for use by others in the wider procurement, contract delivery, or tendering field. Judges will also look for submissions that can be considered best practice.

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Budapest and the City of Tshwane join the global sustainable procurement network

22 March 2016

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has welcomed two new participants: Budapest (Hungary) and the City of Tshwane (South Africa). By signing the GLCN on SP Commitments document, both cities have expressed their willingness to take an exemplary role in the implementation of sustainable public procurement (SPP), to act as global and regional champions of SPP, and to collaborate with other cities in the network to exchange experiences and knowledge.

Budapest, the capital and the largest city of Hungary, has shown a great interest in procuring sustainably and is already implementing strategies to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Tshwane, the administrative capital of South Africa with a population of around 2.9 million people, is using green procurement as an innovative way of financing green economy projects.

The other cities in the network: Seoul (Republic of Korea) - the Chair of the network, Auckland (New Zealand), Cape Town (South Africa), Denver (United States), Ghent (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Quezon City (Philippines), and Warsaw (Poland) are also setting specific, clear and measurable targets on sustainable procurement.

For more information, visit the GLCN on SP website.

Hamburg bans environmentally damaging coffee capsules from public buildings

17 March 2016

Hamburg (Germany) is making city employees’ morning coffee more sustainable by banning the use of coffee-pods in state run buildings. The city has taken the decision on the basis that the capsules cause unnecessary resource consumption and often contain polluting aluminum. The composition of the capsules also makes them next to impossible to recycle in traditional recycling plants.

The ban on purchasing coffee capsules was included in the city’s green procurement strategy, which ensures that the city avoids buying “certain polluting products or product components". The use of a separate container for each shot of coffee leads to the generation of a significant amount of waste, which the city aims to alleviate through the ban.

Jens Kerstan, Hamburg’s senator for the environment, has told the BBC that through the ban Hamburg is sending a signal that its money will only be used for environmentally friendly products: "With a purchasing power of several hundred millions of euros per annum, the city can help ensure that environmentally harmful products are purchased less frequently."

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Morocco to boost green energy supply with new solar power plant

15 March 2016

Moroccan authorities are tendering for a new 400MW solar power plant as part of the country’s target to generate half its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Carbon emissions will be reduced by 700,000 tonnes per year thanks to the new project according to the World Bank. The organisation has contributed over US $519 million to help Morocco realise its goals of increasing its solar energy supply.

“Morocco stands at the forefront of climate-friendly policies in the region,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank regional vice president for the MENA region, speaking to Supply Management. “The country is well-positioned to benefit from its head start at a time when other regional powers are beginning to think more seriously about their own renewable energy programmes.”

So far a 160MW plant has been completed, with construction of the 400MW plant expected to begin in 2017. At present Morocco is almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels, with 97 percent of energy imported. It is foreseen that the new plant will improve energy security, job creation, and energy exports.

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German computer system contract results in significant energy savings

11 March 2016

It is estimated that a framework contract prepared by the Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Germany (BeschA) for thin clients - lightweight computers that do not have a hard drive but instead link back to an external server - will save over 10 million kilowatt-hours per year: equivalent to the annual emissions of over 2,000 European households.

A tender for a nation-wide framework contract for around 50,000 thin client computer systems (and services related to these) was issued in August 2013. The total demand was determined to be around €15 million. The requirements specified in the tender documents were based on a comprehensive needs assessment that was undertaken prior to publication.

Energy savings and CO₂ emission reductions were calculated based on the EU-funded GPP 2020 project methodology for a life span of five years. Based on the results, BeschA is considering using more ambitious criteria regarding energy efficiency performance as an award criterion in the future.

For more information, download the full case study here. The case study was prepared for the March edition of the GPP News Alert.

Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona provide updates on creating the smart city

8 March 2016

The latest news from the GrowSmarter project has been published in the form of blog updates issued by the worksite managers of the project’s three lighthouse cities: Stockholm (Sweden), Cologne (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain). The project is dedicated to piloting and replicating a combination of 12 smart solutions which are designed to make cities better connected, liveable and more environmentally sustainable.

In Stockholm, the city’s fibre optic network is being used to enable a more strategic and connected approach to various city functions including lighting, parking, transport, and building and street maintenance. An example of this strategic approach can be seen in the Smart street lighting which incorporates movement sensors. It will be in use from summer onwards.

In Cologne, a citizen engagement event in October 2015 has paved the way for citizens to get more involved in the project through the Citizen Reporter programme. In Barcelona, fast charging stations have been installed across the city, enabling electric vehicles to be fully charged in just 20 minutes. The city is also installing a tool in over 200 dwellings that allows citizens to monitor their electricity consumption via their smartphone, tablet or computer, enabling them to find usage hotspots and cut their electricity bills.

For more information on these initiatives, read the GrowSmarter e-update.

Book review: Sustainable Public Procurement Under EU Law

3 March 2016

Each EU Member State is required to transpose the New EU Directives on public procurement into national law by April 2016. The new legal framework is intended to make public procurement into a strategic policy instrument. The book “Sustainable Public Procurement Under EU Law”, published by Cambridge University Press in December 2015, provides a comprehensive examination of the new legal regime from the perspective of sustainability.

The publication contributes to the wider debate around the implementation and efficacy of sustainable public procurement. According to editors Beate Sjåfjell and Anja Wiesbrock, the new Directives leave pertinent questions unresolved - when it comes to the inclusion of environmental and social considerations into purchasing decisions, the authors claim that the new framework is not as effective as initially claimed.

The book is certain to be of interest to those readers who wish to gain a better understanding of the possibilities and challenges of the application of sustainability considerations in various procurement procedures, and is highly recommended for scholars and academics interested in EU procurement law, competition law, or EU law more generally. It will also be useful for different policy makers working at both EU and national levels, particularly national experts involved in the transposition of the new Directives.

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GPP2020 final conference to look at implementing low-carbon tenders in practice

1 March 2016

Ideas and achievements will be shared at the final conference of the GPP2020 project, set to take place on 19 April 2016 in Brussels (Belgium). Procurers that have carried out low-carbon public purchases for supplies, services and works will provide attendees with an insight into the challenges and successes faced.

The event will be held in the offices of the delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union (Espai Catalunya Europa) and will focus on how low-carbon procurement works in practice. The conference will also look at developing long lasting, successful support structures for the further implementation and mainstreaming of GPP in Europe. The programme for the event is available to view online.

The EU-funded GPP2020 project has achieved savings equivalent to over 350,000 tonnes of CO2e to date, demonstrating the impressive power of coordinated low-carbon procurement activities to achieve CO2 emissions reduction targets. The project aims to implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders in countries across Europe.

To register for the event, click here.