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Draft food and catering GPP criteria out for consultation

24 February 2017

Following a meeting in Brussels on 23 February, the revised draft GPP criteria for food and catering procurement have been published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) Food and Catering team, for consultation with interested stakeholders.

Comments on the draft criteria can be made via the JRC's BATIS online consultation system. Stakeholders can register to provide their input to the revised GPP criteria. The latest version presents Technical Specifications and Award Criteria for product categories including organic, marine and fair-trade food. It also addresses criteria in more cross-cutting topics such as waste, water and energy efficiency in food production and transportation.

Criteria aimed at improving animal welfare, moving from bottled to tap water provision and full life cycle costing for kitchen equipment have been included while sections of packaging and seasonal produce are proposed for removal. Rationales for major changes to the criteria are available for stakeholders to engage within the BATIS tool.

Guidance on how to provide comments on the revised draft criteria is available via the JRC helpdesk.

The consultation is available to registered stakeholders until 24 March 2017. For more information, visit

Green Public Procurement Webinar series available on Youtube

16 February 2017

The GPP capacity-building project GreenS has made a series of recent webinars publicly available on its YouTube channel. The webinars will be of considerable value for public procurers at various levels including those at an early stage in developing GPP.

The GreenS project aims to expand the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans at the local and regional level, and has produced a library of GPP and SEAP training materials in several languages.

Topics covered by the webinars include: how to prepare a good GPP training package; introducing GPP; legal aspects of GPP; calculating CO2 and energy savings; using GPP strategically in your organisation; and market engagement practices to ensure GPP success.

For more information, visit

The webinar series can be found at the ICLEI Europe YouTube channel.

Future of the European NGO Network on GPP discussed in Hungary

14 February 2017

The recently launched European NGO Network on Green Public Procurement (GPP) held an introductory session on 26 January in Szentendre (Hungary), gathering NGOs from across Europe with an interest in learning more about how GPP can be used to help cities and regions improve their sustainability and meet environmental policy objectives. Simon Clement and Estela Grana of ICLEI introduced the network, while Enrico Degiorgis of the European Commission provided a short introduction to GPP, the support available from the European Commission, and available tools and guidance.

Representatives from European NGOs then shared with participants their experience of working in the field of GPP with cities and regions. Abby Semple from Public Procurement Analysis outlined the practical and legal considerations of GPP, while Simon Clement ran through available resources on the topic.

Estela Grana detailed the support that the network can offer NGOs, and looked at activities planned for the coming months. Towards the end of the session NGOs were asked to fill in a template with the main goals that they would like to reach during the next two years, identifying which actions would be necessary and the support needed for them.

For more information on the European NGO Network on Green Public Procurement, visit the website or download the guidance document.

InnoNet workshop, Brussels 31 January - 1 February

10 February 2017

On 31 January – 1 February took place in Brussels a NEW InnoNet workshop - A practical side of innovations for circular economy.

The workshop connected stakeholders in the field of waste management with the aim to present and discuss real innovation cases, experiences and lessons learned on closing material loops, especially for materials recovered from ICT waste, WEEE, ELV and packaging.

Some of the ongoing and upcoming European initiatives presented at the workshop were the following:

EIT Raw materials

EIT Raw materials – initiated by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), aims to connect academic partners with businesses in Europe to collaborate on finding new innovative solutions to secure the supply of raw materials and improve the performance throughout the value chain, from extraction to the creation of products and its final disposal.

Based in Berlin, the network has currently over 120 partners in 22 EU-countries, which benefit from sharing knowledge, information and expertise.

At the event Ignacio Calleja, thematic officer for circular economy and Recyling at EIT Raw Materials, shared the objectives of EIT Raw materials and some project examples of partnerships between research institutions and the private sector. Some of the supported startups can be consulted here.

More information about EIT Raw materials

The Circular Lab

Rosa Trigo, Tecnology and Innovation Manager at ECOEMBES presented The Circular Lab, a new initiative around the recycling of waste packaging that will see the light in the spring of 2017.

The idea is to bring together all proposals that seek closing loops through innovation in the field of waste packaging. The Circular Lab will be based in La Rioja, Spain and it will turn the region into a great centre for experimentation, as it aims to test at real scale new contributions in the field of:

-    Development of the packaging of the future

-    Integrated waste management within smart cities

-    Responsible consumption

-    Development of new techniques and processes that facilitate the recycling of packaging waste by citizens

More information about the Circular Lab


Second life for products: RREUSE

The aim of RREUSE is to reinforce the importance of giving semi-new products a second life. Instead of improving recycling targets, RREUSE advocates for including re-using targets in EU legislation.

The organisation represents social enterprises which are active in reusing, repairing and recycling products and represents approximately 77,000 employees and over 60,000 volunteers and trainees that work at any of their 30 member networks across 18 countries.

Mathieu Rama, policy officer at RREUSE provided an overview of the barriers and challenges of giving products a second life and bringing them back into the market, presented approaches from other countries promoting reuse of products such as Sweden or Austria and suggested recommendations to several EU Directives and the EU Circular Economy Package.

More information about RREUSE


Competitive markets for products designed from recycled plastics: ZICLA

G. Borge, Project Manager at ZICLA proved during the event that the market is ready to integrate recycled products made from old products if the required techniques are used.

Some of the most demanded products include the Zebra system, a product made from post-consumption and post-industrial waste that is used to separate bicycle lines from normal car roads and the Vectorial system, used to improve accessibility and mobility for public bus users.

More information about ZICLA

French toolkit helps procurers to purchase sustainable catering

9 February 2017

A new toolkit to help public procurers purchase better catering services has been launched by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry (MAAF). The toolkit aims to increase demand for locally supplied, high-quality and environmentally friendly foods.

Titled Localim, the toolkit provides buyers with methodological support in their purchasing practices, as well as extensive information on products, channels, suppliers, product purchasing arrangements and regulatory frameworks. Through using the toolkit, it is foreseen that procurers will be able to significantly improve their purchasing practices.

The toolkit consists of 14 practical fact sheets: eight methodological sheets to guide the procurer through each stage of the purchase, and six sheets that look at procuring specific types of food, such as poultry or dairy products. The technical specifications and award criteria are based on concerns such as environmental requirements, animal welfare, and the quality of the products.

For more information, visit [in French]

Index of countries at risk for illegality in timber sector published

8 February 2017

A new report on global corruption has been used by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to assess countries' level of risk for timber illegality. The FSC used Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) to determine whether countries are at high or low risk of trafficking in illegal timber. The CPI uses citizens' perception of corruption in their country's public sector, and is widely respected as a key indicator of corruption.

In Europe, Hungary and Croatia both moved into the high risk category, meaning that companies must carry out further verification measures to ensure that timber from these countries has been harvested legally.

The CPI 2016 covers perceptions of public sector corruption in 176 countries. The countries at the top of the list share characteristics of open government, press freedom, civil liberties and independent judicial systems. Countries at the bottom of the index are characterised by widespread impunity for corruption, poor governance and weak institutions.

For more information, visit

European Commission invites feedback on Clean Vehicles Directive

3 February 2017

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the revision of the directive governing the procurement of clean and energy-efficient road vehicles. At present, the Clean Vehicles Directive requires public bodies to consider energy and environmental impacts when purchasing road vehicles. The revision aims to ensure that the directive better supports the achievement of EU policy objectives on climate change and air pollution, and that it stimulates the market for vehicles with low- or zero-emissions.

The consultation takes the form of a questionnaire split into five sections. All citizens and organisations are welcome to participate, with local, regional and national public authorities and public contracting entities particularly encouraged. Contributions can be submitted in any EU language. Questionnaires should be returned by 24 March 2017.

A December 2015 evaluation of the directive found that it had little impact on stimulating market uptake of clean vehicles, meaning that it did not reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants to the extent hoped. The revised directive aims to rectify such issues.

For more information, visit

Champions League final to be played in UK’s first sustainable stadium

1 February 2017

The 2017 Champions League final will be held in the UK's first certified sustainable stadium. The Principality Stadium (previously known as the Millennium Stadium) was built in 1999 to host Rugby World Cup matches. To achieve ISO 20121 certification, venue owners the Welsh Rugby Union implemented a number of improvements.

Changes were made in several areas: Heating, cooling and ventilation systems have been upgraded to optimise efficiency; waste is segregated for recycling; lighting systems are computer controlled to prevent wastage; the stadium's pitch allows rainwater to be captured and recycled; and LED lights have been introduced to save energy and reduce heat emissions.

So far 71.52 tonnes of waste have been removed from landfill as a consequence of the changes, resulting in a reduction of 28.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Reduced raw material use, water and energy has helped the stadium to save a further 60.8 tonnes of CO2.

For more information, visit