NEWS SEARCH RESULTS ( 1 - 7 from 7 )

Procura+ Award winners Hyvinkää construct ecolabelled pre-school

30 October 2017

Finland's first Nordic Swan eco-labelled school took home the 2017 Procura+ Award for Sustainable Procurement of the Year earlier this month at a Tallinn ceremony held as part of Estonia's Presidency of the European Union.

In 2015, Hyvinkää (Finland) set out to procure a new pre-school. As well as providing a healthy, comfortable and flexible space for learning and play, the municipality also wanted the new building to contribute to environmental aims, including promoting eco-efficient construction and energy efficient building use.

Prior to tendering, Hyvinkää conducted an in-depth market dialogue process which explored whether there was interest in forming a partnership to build the first Nordic Swan Eco-labelled pre-school building in Finland. After it was demonstrated that the market was willing and able to meet such an ambition, a call for tender was published. The contract was awarded to the most economically advantageous tender and completed in August 2017.

For more information on the Procura+ Awards, visit the Procura+ European Network on Sustainable Procurement website. Download the Hyvinkää case study here.

London Mayor's Environmental Strategy and waste

24 October 2017

Since Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's London Environment Strategy (LES) was published in draft for consultation this August, commentators have pointed to the strategy's broad reach and ambition - as well as its detailed analysis of the environmental challenges faced by the city of over 8 million people. The LES covers air quality, green infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation, noise, the transition to a low-carbon circular economy, but most importantly for SectorWatch - waste.

While the Mayor's preface foregrounds the improvement of air quality, a recurring theme of the LES is the overall intention to ditch the 'linear approach' in favour of a circular economy in a number of areas. The waste section updates a 2011 strategy on municipal waste, and points out the looming problems: landfill will run out by 2026, only half of the 7 million tonnes of waste produced can be recycled, food waste is not being valorised. Of these 7 million tonnes the largest proportions are: 22% food and green garden waste; 60% common dry recyclables paper, card, plastics, glass and metals; 18% other materials including textiles, waste electricals (WEEE) wood, furniture and household cleaning chemicals.

Integrating waste into the Circular Economy

Another highlighted statistic is that London produces around 1.5 – 1.75m tonnes of food waste with a value of £2.55bn a year. One curiosity here is the expression of the amount of food waste, which is financial. Whether this portends a circular economy strategy which seeks to give organic waste a saleable value, or is merely a method of demonstrating scale is not clear. A question for procurers and others in the European municipal waste sector might be, "does the transition to a circular economy in waste necessarily mean attaching financial value for organic waste?"

" Single use packaging materials" are also identified as an area of focus, with UK national figures from WRAP extrapolated to demonstrate the pressure this puts on London's 33 municipal waste authorities.

Waste targets and challenges

The headline waste target of the LES is "by 2026 no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfill and by 2030, 65 per cent of London’s municipal waste will be recycled". The LES points to a number of actions which will help achieve this, which angle the focus of the Strategy at this stage more towards the 33 municipal waste authorities than directly at the citizen, reflecting who is most likely to submit responses to the consultation.

The breadth of the LES and its reliance on the buy-in at local government level within the London region means that the results are really in the hands of the local authorities and agencies who will have to implement the strategy.

What will be interesting to observe as the consultation and political processes behind the LES continue is how high a priority waste will have in comparison with other aspects. This week the Mayor announced a new emissions charge for a much wider area than the original congestion charge, and issues of infrastructure (air, rail and underground) around London often dominate regional and national political agendas. Waste is one of seven areas identified, and up until now the main challenge has been achieving compliance with European level regulation. With Brexit looming, the impact of the European Waste Package and Circular Economy agenda might be felt less in the UK capital.

For further analysis, see the Zero Waste Europe website

The consultation is available here

European Commission publishes new Circular Procurement brochure

17 October 2017

The European Commission has published a brochure, authored by ICLEI, containing guidance and good practice on how public procurement can support the transition to a circular economy. 'Public Procurement for a Circular Economy' sets out the policy framework, strategic thinking and planning recommended before embarking on a public procurement process, engaging the market and consideration of the various steps of the procurement hierarchy (based on the European waste hierarchy): reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. The various phases are supported by good practice experiences from across Europe.

'Circular procurement' has the potential to transform how public bodies approach their purchases. As well as placing greater emphasis on fulfilling needs and considering lifetime costs, circular economy principles can also facilitate a more holistic consideration of environmental impacts and waste creation across the whole life-cycle of goods and services.

The brochure builds on the direction set in the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy by providing a range of practical steps for considering circularity when carrying out green public procurement (GPP).

For more information and to download the brochure, visit the European Commission's GPP website.

UrbanWINS project conducts first CityMatch exchange on GPP

16 October 2017

The Metropolitan City of Rome and Portuguese municipal waste authority LIPOR have undertaken a staff exchange on Green Public Procurement in the context of the UrbanWINS project. Held during the CompraVerde-BuyGreen Forum in Rome on 12-13 October, the CityMatch exchange had a topical focus on tendering for furniture and monitoring GPP.

CityMatch is one of the collaborative pilot activities within UrbanWINS where study visits are organised so that technical and policy staff at local authorities can share experiences and initiatives of mutual interest with each other in a structured staff exchange. The second CityMatch study visit will take place in Cremona (Italy) on 20-23 November 2017. Participants will be engaged in the European Waste Management week exploring food and organic resources, waste management collection systems. Interested participants can register their interest in attending by contacting Philipp Tepper at the ICLEI European Secretariat.

The UrbanWINS project started in June 2016 and analyses the waste prevention and management strategies of 24 cities, while performing pilot activities in 8 European cities which seek to increase citizens' involvement in local decisions around waste and resources.

For more information, visit the UrbanWINS website.

SPP Regions project releases 'how-to' procurement videos

12 October 2017

The SPP Regions project has released a series of five 'how-to' videos for public procurers. The videos have been produced by SPP Regions project partners Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England (UK) and feature Christine Storry, Project Manager of the PIPEN project.

The series of 8-12 minute videos cover Circular Procurement, Sustainable Procurement, Life Cycle Costing, the use of labels in SPP and Market Engagement. Each video sets out what is meant by the concept and explores how public procurers can integrate it into their tender processes, specifications and broader purchasing policy.

SPP Regions, a Horizon 2020 project coordinated by ICLEI, involves the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). The project will run tender processes in Energy use in public buildings, vehicles and transport and food and catering services, towards achieving 54.3 GWH/year primary energy savings and trigger 45 GWh/year renewable energy.

For more information and to view the videos, visit the SPP Regions website.

ICLEI presents at Egyptian government SPP training workshop

9 October 2017

An SPP Manual has been launched at a training workshop held in Cairo for government officials in Egypt on Sustainable Public Procurement involving ICLEI's Procura+ Network secretariat. The training workshop, held in conjunction with the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment, was designed to introduce sustainable measures into national government procurement in line with Egypt's Tenders and Auctions Law.

The workshop was attended by both public sector and industrial representatives and saw a number of national initiatives highlighted, including the conversion of the government's vehicle fleet towards natural gas and e-vehicles and mainstreaming LED lighting in government construction contracts. ICLEI's Dr John Watt addressed the workshop on the work of the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network, including its SPP methodology contained in its flagship publication, the Procura+ Manual.

ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre operates globally, and in addition to its European Procura+ Network coordinates the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and co-manages the 10YFP Working Group on Sustainable Public Procurement in East Asia.

For more information, visit the CEDARE website.

New EU Communication on procurement professionalisation

4 October 2017

The European Commission has released a communication to the EU Institutions aimed at carrying out public procurement more efficiently and sustainably at a meeting in Strasbourg on 3 October. The Commission is encouraging member states to focus on six priority areas of improvement. It also announced a helpdesk and support mechanism for procurers working on large infrastructure projects, and a targeted consultation on stimulating innovation procurement.

The six priority areas identified for member states are: greater uptake of innovative, green and social criteria in awarding public contracts; professionalisation of public buyers; improving access by SMEs to procurement markets in the EU and by EU companies in third countries; increasing transparency, integrity and quality of procurement data; digitisation of procurement processes; and more cooperation among public buyers across the EU.

Public procurement represents 14% of the EU's GDP, approximately €2 trillion. The Commission recommends that steps should be taken to improve the skills, knowledge and procedural understanding of public procurers, in addition to making better use of digital technology to professionalise the procurement process.

For more information, visit the European Commission website.