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SPP Regions project publishes Life Cycle Costing report

31 July 2017

The SPP Regions project, which promotes SPP and PPI in European regional networks of municipalities, has released its State of the Art report on Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The report fully explains the concept of life cycle costing and total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis. Specifically, it refers to the new EU public procurement Directives, which clearly defines the use of LCC within the public procurement process.

Focusing on examples of best-practice from across the SPP Regions partnership and wider across Europe, the report demonstrates in detail how LCC methodology is applied to products, services and works categories. It also signposts existing tools and case-studies involving sustainable and innovation procurements where LCC has been used.

The SPP Regions project promotes the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI), and releases detailed guidance and case-studies for public procurers to introduce to their own organisations.

For more information and to download the full report, visit the SPP Regions website.

SPPI Network of the Balearic Islands launched

28 July 2017

The 5 June 2017, 27 participants from the central, regional and local governments from the Balearic Island attended the “Day of Eco-Municipalism” to boost the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement and to officially launch the new SPPI Network of the Balearic Islands.

During the first session of the event, the agreement and promotion of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) was presented. The agreement was signed in January 2017 by the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Fishing and the Ministry of Territory, Energy and Mobility and the Council of Mallorca and commitments and opportunities for participating municipalities were explained, as well as the possibilities to replicate the initiative in the other Balearic islands: Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera.

In the second part of the meeting, the Government of the Balearic Islands introduced the SPP Regions project and the recently established Balearic Network of Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement. Ecoinstitut and ICLEI presented the dynamics and benefits of regional SPPI networks, and introduced some of the key elements of sustainable and innovative procurement.

For more information on SPP Regions visit the project’s website, to listen to the video presentation prepared by SPP Regions Coordinator visit ICLEI’s Youtube channel.

PPI4Waste project to host Brussels procurement conference

20 July 2017

The PPI4Waste project will host its final conference, "Feedback and opportunities for public procurement of innovation in the waste sector" on 12 September in Brussels. The purpose of the conference is to share the principal findings of the research, networking and training activities implemented during the project's lifetime to help increase the uptake of innovative waste solutions.

The one-day conference will have two main sessions. The first session will present the main findings of the PPI4Waste project and how public procurement of innovation (PPI) can be experimented and stimulated in the field of waste management. It will be followed by an afternoon session exploring synergies between procurers and projects on innovative solutions. A full programme and participant registration will be available shortly.

PPI4Waste is a three-year Horizon 2020 project involving eight partners and explores how innovative public procurement can be a key instrument in galvanising the market in order to foster sustainability, preserving and recycle material resources.

For more information and to register, visit the PPI4Waste website.

New InnProBio factsheet on LCC and LCA of bio-based products

12 July 2017

The InnProBio project has issued a new factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The document gives an insight as to what the LCA method is and the environmental impacts it assesses – such as climate change or impact on natural resources. It also explains what the results of LCA can be used for, for example in comparing different products and services. The factsheet also highlights the advantages of using LCA, as well as its link with green public procurement.

LCC, an assessment of all costs which are related to a certain product, directly covered by one or several actors in the life cycle of the product is also covered in this factsheet, which also lists different LCC tools for use in public procurement.

The factsheet also shows the common ground between LCA and LCC, as well as the main differences between both concepts, and why they are important for increasing the procurement of bio-based products.

For more information, and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.

Philippines launches GPP Roadmap with EU SWITCH PSC programme

11 July 2017

The Philippine Government has launched a Green Public Procurement Roadmap with technical support from the EU-SWITCH PSC programme, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of goods and services procured by Philippine government agencies.

The Roadmap, which is part of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022’s Strategic Framework to Ensure Ecological Integrity, Clean and Healthy Environment, focuses on core green criteria across 20 product categories which will be made gradually more comprehensive in the coming years. The Philippine government will use the GPP Roadmap to demonstrate how a Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) approach taken by procurers can influence manufacturing practice, and represent a Philippine contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Roadmap has been in development since 2016 under the direction of the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO).

For more information on GPP in the Philippines, visit the Philippine government's GPPB-TSO website. Further information on the SWITCH Asia programme can be found on the dedicated European Commission website.

ICLEI host GPP seminar at Eco Forum Global Symposium 2017

5 July 2017

ICLEI East Asia secretariat hosted a seminar on green public procurement at the Eco Forum Global Symposium 2017 in Guiyang, China, where the 10YFP on SPP programme launched its Working Group 1a, supporting Chinese and Korean cities' GPP initiatives.

Procura+ and GLCN on SP participant Oslo presented its GPP approach targeting transportation, resource-efficiency and construction management, as well as some of its GPP initiatives and targets on emissions, eco-labels and waste reduction.

KEITI and Suwon city presented the Korean experience of promoting GPP, including the plan to develop a GPP performance evaluation system, awareness raising programs, and pilot city projects to accelerate the shift towards green procurement in Korea. The China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC) set out the Chinese GPP approach, using eco-labelling certification, which is updated annually and covers 59 key public spend categories. CEC also presented key GPP projects such as the eco-civilization pilot city in Guiyang.

For more information, visit the ICLEI East Asia website.

Green Deal on Circular Procurement report published

4 July 2017

The Green Deal on Circular Procurement report has been published, reflecting on three years of circular procurement work across 80 pilot projects in the Netherlands. The report finds that the procurement process provides significant opportunities to implement circular economy principles.

The Green Deal is a three-year initiative in the Netherlands designed to help encourage the purchase of circular goods, which was supported by Rijkswaterstaat and REBus. The report outlines the work of 45 public and private sector participants to identify how best to use the procurement process to shape more circular processes.

Using illustrative case studies, the report identifies product categories seen as particularly compatible with the circular procurement approach, as well as addressing how circularity can be introduced to the tendering process, for example in specifications and assessment. Looking at the next step for circular procurement, the report points to considering how its findings can be up-scaled, and how circular procurement could become mainstreamed.

For more information and to download the report, visit the SP Platform Resource Centre.

Barriers to innovation procurement in waste management

3 July 2017

A recent study conducted in the framework of the PPI4waste project shows that despite the fact that Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) has the potential to introduce powerful solutions to fulfil present needs; it is still very much underused.

Public procurers often do not have the knowledge about how to carry out PPI in practice and do not use the available tools that could facilitate the process. In some cases, procurers are not aware of available new technologies in the market while in others; they are simply overwhelmed by the flow of new developments around products and services and the lack of trust about the effectiveness of the results.

On the other hand, procurers – even those willing to engage in PPI – often do not see incentives for buying new solutions. They are afraid of new solutions leading to higher costs or are faced with wrong incentives that do not encourage them to take the risk of buying innovative products from innovative suppliers.

Effective waste management requires a critical mass in terms of demand, in order for new investments to be cost-efficient. This is not the case of smaller municipalities, which have been traditionally responsible for their own waste management and have difficulties reaching this critical mass. Conducting join public procurements among different municipalities, which are located close to each other, is in many cases the best approach to reaching the necessary critical mass to make investments worthy. This is unfortunately not the case of most countries in Europe, which still relay in small budgets and long term contracts that difficult the introduction of innovations in the waste sector.


Knowledge exchange & joint procurements – the best solutions to address these barriers

At several “meet the market” events targeting public procurers and suppliers of innovative solutions for the waste sector conducted in Bilbao (Spain), Zagreb (Croatia), Utrecht (Netherlands) and Saragossa (Spain), it was made clear that these barriers regarding PPI implementation in the waste sector still exist.

However, a clear outcome of all the meet the market events was also that PPI in successful waste management is not just about the procurement of innovative products, but also about innovation at all levels, including in the organisational structure within current waste management units and in their overall approaches to waste management.

Barriers need to be addressed among others by:

-          encouraging the interaction between the existing market of innovative waste management solutions and public procurers;

-          improving the general knowledge on existing available tools and techniques;

-          disseminating successful approaches to waste management from other municipalities and waste management companies

-          facilitating networking opportunities and interaction between close-by municipalities, that can potentially conduct joint procurements and thus reach critical mass.

Currently we are in the middle of the preparation of an EU market dialogue for the creation of a textile sorting plant for about 1900 tons of textiles from our household, which will take place between the months of May and June.

Our aim is to start it on January 1st 2018.

We expect to create about 40 new jobs in our region with the new sorting plant.


The sector approach

After interviewing experts from different countries across Europe, five specific areas were identified as the priority areas where procurers should focus:

-   Bio waste management;

-   Plastic separation;

-   Bulky waste management;

-   Separate collection for specific waste streams at collection points;

-   Decision support system for waste management.

These areas present specific barriers and challenges to PPI, which will be discussed in upcoming articles of this sector watch.