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Buying Green Handbook now available in 23 languages

31 August 2016

The European Commission's Buying Green Handbook has been translated into 23 European languages. The document provides practical guidance on the implementation of Green Public Procurement (GPP), outlining how contracting bodies can use the 2014 Procurement Directives to drive more environmentally friendly purchasing.

Currently in its third edition, the handbook looks at how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process, providing practical examples drawn from public procurers across the EU. These case studies explore legislative and administrative challenges and detail the concrete savings achieved by the move to GPP.

Specific sectors looked at include buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products. The handbook has been compiled under contract between the European Commission and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, supported by Public Procurement Analysis.

To download the handbook in one of 23 languages, click here.

What are the consequences of Brexit for public procurement?

25 August 2016

London (UK) will host a discussion on what Brexit means for the procurement landscape at the 6th annual European Public Procurement conference from 12 - 13 October 2016. The event will also explore new models for procurement law and analyse case law at national and European level.

Experts from the European Commission, the OECD, and the private sector will provide insights on evaluating tenders, the legal challenges to cross-border procurement, and stamping out corruption in public procurement. The event will also look at pan-European perspectives and experiences of procurement law implementation, state aid and public procurement, dealing with exclusions, and more.

Interactive workshop sessions will be held, enabling participants to improve their knowledge on key topics by discussing in smaller groups. Within the groups, knowledge and insights will be shared that will equip participants with practical knowledge that can be implemented in their organisation. Registration for the event can be completed online.

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Webinar: 20 years of sustainable procurement at ICLEI

23 August 2016

A webinar presenting ICLEI’s initiatives, activities and achievements in the field of sustainable and innovation procurement will be hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme on Tuesday 13 September between 13.00 and 14.30. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future.

Over the past 20 years ICLEI has worked on more than 150 projects and over 100 events with public authorities driving the implementation of sustainable and innovation procurement. The webinar is organised in the framework of the Sustainable Public Procurement Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns (10YFP on SPP).

The 10YFP SPP Programme is a global platform that supports the implementation of SPP around the world. It brings together a variety of stakeholders to progress towards its two major goals of building the case for SPP and supporting SPP implementation on the ground. The programme is implemented through an extensive network of 99 partners in over 40 countries. Informative webinars are organised to present the SPP activities of partners and to enhance cooperation and exchange of experience.

To view the agenda of the webinar, click here [PDF]. To register for the webinar, click here.

GreenS survey looks at support for GPP in Europe

18 August 2016

A GreenS project survey on institutional requirements to successfully carry out green public procurement (GPP) has uncovered a number of good and bad practices in the application of GPP in Europe. According to the survey, a gap exists between GPP policies and the actions performed at national level by procurement officials, with many unaware of the full extent of national requirements.

The survey also found that support activities are not properly utilised by public procurers, with most relying on national websites for GPP information. More positively, it was found that many EU countries have adopted a national action plan, reached political agreement on GPP implementation, and assigned responsibilities for GPP at the national level. These countries also provide procurers with clear guidance and tools for GPP, as well as legal support.

A full outline of the survey’s findings is included in the GreenS newsletter. The EU-funded GreenS project aims to focus the attention of public authorities in Europe on the benefits of Green Public Procurement and life-cycle costing as a means to reach policy objectives.

To view the GreenS newsletter, click here.

Montreal joins Global Lead City Network

16 August 2016

The City of Montreal (Canada) has committed to joining the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, a group of 13 cities driving a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement.

Montreal already has a Community Sustainable Development Plan in place that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, enhance the quality of runoff water, and recover waste, ultimately making it easier for families to stay in the city. The plan also intends to make the city a leader in the green economy and increase the number of environmental certifications, as well as improving its green infrastructure.

Additionally, the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) recently released its sustainable procurement tools to the public. The public corporation aims to ensure that 90 percent of its contracts include sustainable development criteria by 2020.

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New EU-funded project aims to improve urban waste management

11 August 2016

Urban_WINS, a new European project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and in which ICLEI is involved, will study how cities consume resources and products, and how they eliminate the waste produced. At the core of the work is developing and testing innovative plans and solutions aimed at improving waste prevention and management. These strategic plans will be tested in eight pilot cities in six European countries.

The City of Cremona (Italy), a municipality which has been active in ICLEI’s Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network for over seven years, is coordinating the project and hosted the recent kick-off meeting. In his welcome speech, Cremona's mayor Gianluca Galimberti highlighted the approach that Urban_WINS will use to develop its research: understanding cities as living organisms. Mr Galimberti also remarked on the impact this project can have by turning problems into opportunities and by raising awareness on the fact that choices we make today when consuming resources can be crucial for our future.

Active participation from citizens, governments, organisations, research institutes and education centres is foreseen through physical meetings and assemblies in the eight pilot cities. A total of 27 partners are part of an interdisciplinary consortium that will work on Urban_WINS for the next three years.

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Sustainable public procurement in practice

9 August 2016

The below article was written by Philipp Tepper, Senior Expert with ICLEI Europe's Sustainable Economy and Procurement team. It was first published in CSR TurkeyMagazine.

This year marks 20 years of work on sustainable procurement at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Over the last two decades, through its activities on sustainable procurement, ICLEI has been involved in over 150 projects; organised more than 100 conferences, seminars and workshops; trained over 2,000 people; supported 300 cities in more than 50 countries, and saved 1 million tonnes of CO2.

ICLEI has been a main driver across Europe to establish the concept of socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) and supported cities piloting approaches that include common CSR practices on decent work conditions, transparency and reporting as well as due diligence and enforcement along supply chains, mainly in high risk areas of products, services or works such as the construction, timber, electronics and textiles sectors. ICLEI believes that local authorities have to act as key drivers for the promotion of fair working conditions in global supply chains – at least for those high risk areas where reputational risks are more than obvious (e.g. stones and child labour, textiles/construction and workers health and safety).

In ICLEI’s Sustainable Economy and Procurement team we know that the power of public procurement should not be underestimated, although it might appear that changing behaviour in purchasing organisations is sometimes like turning a tanker – slow moving but once on the move they do it very effectively and act as a role model for sustainable procurement…

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Seoul Mayors Forum to take place at 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP

4 August 2016

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will convene in Seoul (South Korea) to hold their 2nd Annual Summit. The gathering will take place as part of the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change (1-2 September 2016), which will focus on two key developments: the Compact of Mayors and its relevance to the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III.

The GLCN on SP Summit will demonstrate how sustainable public procurement is a key tool for local and regional governments to achieve environmental, economic and social benefits. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the Forum to consider the power of sustainable procurement. The GLCN cities will present their SP commitments and actions, and encourage others to replicate strategies and policies.

The inclusion of the GLCN on SP Summit within the Forum showcases the positive impact of sustainable procurement in achieving the 17 Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), including aims such as sustainable cities and communities, and sustainable consumption and production. The Forum is organised by Seoul Metropolitan Government, chair of the GLCN on SP, in collaboration with ICLEI. The attendance to the Forum is by invitation only.

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Procura+ Interest Group provides expert advice on market engagement

3 August 2016

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development provided expert consultation at a recent workshop on market engagement in Copenhagen (Denmark). David Morgan of Cornwall Council (UK), Katja Kardikova of City of Oslo (Norway) and Maria Pagel Fray of City of Copenhagen all offered their advice and experience to the SPP Regions project partners. Each presented how their organisations are developing supplier engagement and relationships, and hosted a clinic in which SPP Regions partners could gain advice related to their individual plans for engaging the market.

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development was launched in June 2016. The Interest Group is facilitated by Procura+ Participant Cornwall Council, with the cities of Oslo and Copenhagen, also both Procura+ Participants, joining as the founding members.

The focus of the group will be split across three main topics: assisting businesses in understanding the needs of the public sector, including public sector procurement; building effective, competitive markets and driving innovation; and supplier relationship management and continuous improvement. If you are interested in joining an existing Procura+ Interest Group, or want to find out how to start a new group, go to the Procura+ Interest Group webpage for more details.

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ICLEI Europe seeks to recruit procurement team officer

2 August 2016

The European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability seeks to fill the position of Officer within its Sustainable Economy and Procurement team. ICLEI has been working on the topic of sustainable economy and procurement for many years - helping support public authorities in implementation, spreading awareness of the concept, developing new approaches, and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.

ICLEI is an association of over 1,100 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development. It has 15 offices servicing its members while developing innovative projects and events and is an international not-for-profit association and network perceived as the international representative of cities for sustainability.

The successful candidate will be based in ICLEI Europe's office in Freiburg (Germany). The position working language will be English. Applicants must – due to legal reasons – hold EU citizenship or a valid EU residence permit and a valid German work permit.

For more information on the position, click here.