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Transport for London to purchase innovative lighting products

30 June 2016

Transport for London, the primary public transport operator in the British capital, has awarded a framework contract worth €10 million (£8 million) to a number of lighting manufacturers for the long-term supply of innovative lighting products. When whole life-cycle costs are taken into account, the environmentally-friendly lighting products are expected to save TfL up to 50 percent of what they were previously paying, resulting in savings of millions of pounds. The procurement was aided by the EU-funded PRO-LITE project.

The fixtures will also achieve significant reductions in energy use and carbon emissions. The contract encourages consistent innovation on the behalf of the supplier, incentivising them to continue to reduce TfL's whole life-cycle costs and their overall impact on the environment. The PRO-LITE approach to procurement is now set to be rolled out for a range of other products commonly used by TfL.

PRO-LITE focuses on the procurement of innovative lighting technologies and solutions that offer social, environmental and economic benefits. A case study will be produced by the project based on the awarding of the contract. The next PRO-LITE dissemination event will take place on Tuesday 19 July in London.

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20 years of SPP at ICLEI showcased in PSS Magazine

23 June 2016

ICLEI's work on sustainable and innovation procurement over the past 20 years has been profiled in PSS Magazine, exploring the city association’s past initiatives in the field and looking at ICLEI's plans to strengthen its network of engaged stakeholders as a means to push forward sustainable and innovation procurement.

The article was written by procurement expert and member of ICLEI's Sustainable Economy and Procurement team Dr. John Watt. John specialises in sustainable procurement in the public sector and is closely involved in the Procura+ Network, which counts more than 40 European public authorities and regions dedicated to exchanging on sustainable and innovative procurement, and the Global Lead Cities Network (GLCN) on SP.

The GLCN on SP is a group of 12 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. As part of ICLEI’s 20 year celebrations the hashtag #SPPecialists has been launched on Twitter. All those involved in sustainable and innovation procurement activities are encouraged to join the conversation by using this hashtag.

To read the article, click here (pg. 21)

Rotterdam and Denver, two of the GLCN on SP cities, discuss sustainable procurement strategies

21 June 2016

Representatives of the cities of Denver (USA) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) have met to exchange experiences on implementing sustainable procurement activities. Both cities are part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, pushing to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by purchasing sustainably.

Denver is rewriting its executive order on procurement and is looking to other cities’ policies and plans to shape its procurement actions. As Denver and Rotterdam have similar populations, Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Denver, and Léon Dijk, Coordinator of Sustainable Public Procurement of the City of Rotterdam, have held discussions to compare how both cities have organised their procurement activities and introduced sustainable criteria. Tinianow and Dijk also focused on assessment of needs and how to go beyond simply deciding what to purchase by focusing first on whether to purchase or not.

“It was great to get together and talk about our procurement systems, challenges and goals. We learned a lot from each other. Collaboration and peer support is a real benefit of being part of the Global Lead City Network,” said Léon Dijk. Jerry Tinianow found the meeting very beneficial saying: “it was fascinating to compare the procurement structure of Rotterdam with our own. I have brought back a lot of fresh ideas to Denver and look forward to continued idea sharing and knowledge exchange with Léon”. Rotterdam and Denver have recently finalised their Sustainable Procurement Profiles, including information about their policies, strategies, achievements and challenges. These documents are aimed at showcasing how the GLCN on SP cities are championing sustainable procurement.

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Sustainable Catering takes centre stage in Ghent

17 June 2016

Public procurers, local and regional governments, caterers, producers and suppliers from across Europe came together in Ghent (Belgium) to exchange experiences, form partnerships, and discuss the economic, social and environmental challenges facing food systems in Europe at INNOCAT’s Sustainable Catering Forum. The event, which took place on 9 June, looked at practical examples of eco-innovative procurement in catering and considered what the future of sustainable food might look like.

Host city Ghent is a firm believer that local governments, by using their substantial buying power, can have a significant leverage to push the market towards innovation for more sustainable products and services. In terms of food and catering, the City of Ghent faces similar difficulties to those experienced in many cities across Europe. Ghent does not have the possibility to prepare meals from scratch and so it is necessary to procure a full catering service including food sourcing, preparation and delivery.

This has not prevented the City from taking a strong stance in terms of sustainability. The city’s most recent school catering contract included requirements for recyclable packaging, different portion sizes to keep food waste under control, “meatless Thursdays”, and as little transport as possible when delivering meals.

For more information on the INNOCAT project, visit

PRIMES event to provide participants with practical look at GPP

15 June 2016

The EU-funded PRIMES project is holding an event as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) focusing on using green public procurement (GPP) to purchase more energy efficient products and services. The event will take place in Brussels (Belgium) on 16 June and all public procurers are invited to attend.

Participants will hear about GPP good practice cases in countries such as Croatia, Denmark and Latvia, and will be provided with information on the GPP capacity building modules developed as part of the project. Other EU-funded projects focusing on green procurement will also be presented, including Green ProcA, GreenS and Infinite Solutions.

Through the presentation of these projects, participants will gain a comprehensive picture of how to practically implement GPP in municipalities. More information is available by contacting The PRIMES project aims to provide hands-on support to public purchasing organisations, helping them to overcoming barriers and implement Green Public Purchasing.

To register for the event, click here.

Cities encouraged to join Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition

13 June 2016

Public authorities in Europe use enormous amounts of timber-based products, whether in the construction of infrastructure such as buildings and bridges, or for furniture and office-equipment needs. Through increasing the demand for sustainable products, and in particular sustainable timber, public procurers have the power to stimulate green growth. To help bring this message to cities, ICLEI has partnered with the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC), a Netherlands-based initiative for sustainable trade and responsible forest management.

The STTC is a broad alliance of industry, business, local and regional governments and NGOs working in close partnership with the European Timber Trade Federation to increase European demand for sustainably sourced tropical timber. Through joining the coalition, members can benefit from expert support and networking opportunities with like-minded purchasers. They will also have access to tens of thousands of Euros of funding to implement sustainable sourcing strategies and to enhance sustainable procurement of tropical timber.

Purchasing responsibly sourced tropical timber is one of the best ways for European governments to combat deforestation and to prevent the clearing of the world’s most important rainforests. The sustainable management of tropical forests provides significant employment opportunities and economic benefits to local communities in developing countries, lifting many people out of poverty. It also contributes to preserving unique biodiversity, such as endangered animal and plant species. To ensure that timber producing countries embrace sustainable practices, it is crucial that consumer countries demonstrate that there is a viable, long-term demand by making responsibly sourced timber the market norm.

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Danish EPA section head interviewed in GPP News Alert

9 June 2016

The May edition of DG Environment's monthly procurement magazine GPP News Alert contains an interview with Iben Kinch Sohn, Head of Section with SPP Regions member the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Kinch Sohn works on projects and strategies within the area of sustainable consumption and production, including green public procurement (GPP).

In the interview, Ms. Kinch Sohn talks about fostering sustainable procurement in Denmark, noting that the ministry launched a series of initiatives to promote green purchasing. This includes a dedicated online forum on sustainable procurement, through which procurers can engage in discussions on procurement approaches and find best practice case studies and tools.

A partnership programme between frontrunner municipalities, regions and other public organisations was also established. "The main stimulus behind the partnership is the potential impact it can have on the market: the more partners involved, the greater the procurement volume and the greater the impact on the market," said Ms. Kinch Sohn.

To read the interview, click here.

Water PiPP webinars to cover procurement of innovation

8 June 2016

The EU-funded Water PiPP project is inviting public procurers, local authority employees and other stakeholders in the field of water management to take part in a webinar on innovation-oriented public procurement in the water sector. The webinars will be held from 13 – 17 June 2016 in four languages: Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Participation in the webinars is free of charge and especially recommended for public procurers who would like to purchase innovative water technologies or services. The webinar will lead participants through a step-by-step approach to innovation-oriented procurement and will also provide space for participants to share their own experiences.

The webinars will be held on the following dates: Monday, 13.06.2016 from 10.00 to 11.30 in Italian; Tuesday, 14 June from 10.00 to 11.30 in English; Wednesday, 15.06.2016 from 10.00 to 11.30: in Spanish; and Friday, 17 June from 10.00 to 11.30 in French. To join the Water Innovation Procurement Group – a virtual meeting point for public procurers in the water sector - please register for the Procurement Forum.

For more information on the webinars and the Water PiPP project, contact

Procura+ Awards invites applications from public procurers

2 June 2016

The Procura+ Awards recognise successful sustainable and innovative public procurements that lead to the improvement of public goods, services, processes, and infrastructure. Public procurers are invited to apply for the awards until 9 September 2016. To be recognised, the procured solutions must have a strong potential for replication and should be an excellent showcase for using sustainable and innovative procurement instruments.

The awards are separated into three categories: 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' recognises the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of the procurement; 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges an impressive procurement of innovation and the public authority as a launch customer; and 'Tender Procedure of the Year' rewards procurers that took an exceptional approach to sustainable and innovation procurement.

Winners will receive free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference, a case study on the SP Platform and PPI Platform, publicity in a variety of ICLEI publications, a trophy and the title 'Best sustainable procurement/innovation procurement/tender procedure of 2016', one year free participation in the Procura+ Network, and the right to use the Procura+ Award logo in their email signature.

For more information and to apply, visit