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September EU GPP News Alert features responsible purchasing in Nantes

29 September 2017

The September issue of the European Commission's GPP News Alert features a case study on the Responsible Purchasing Promotion Scheme of Nantes Métropole (France). Nantes, which hosts Procura+ participant and regional city network Reseau Grande Ouest (RGO), has identified 11 areas of action in responsible procurement and proposed performance targets to be achieved by 2020.

The scheme translates Nantes' policies into public procurement actions and targets. Several of the 11 areas of action have been developed for GPP, including circular economy, energy transition, organic agriculture and short supply chains. Nantes has a 16-year track record of implementing sustainable public procurement (SPP), from cleaning products to vehicles.

Also featured in Septembers News Alert is new GPP criteria for furniture, GPP and the Circular Economy and an interview with Marie-Amelie Dupraz-Ardiot ofrom the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) on the effect of changes in Swiss procurement law on GPP.

For more information and to read the full edition, visit the European Commission GPP website.

Country factsheets on global SPP published

26 September 2017

The 10YFP on Sustainable Procurement has published a collection of 40 “Factsheets on Sustainable Public Procurement in national governments” as a supplement to its 2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement released in June 2017. The factsheets, which each provide country-specific information on SPP, illustrate the current state of sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies, activities, programmes, and monitoring and evaluation systems in national governments around the world.

The factsheets collate 40 national governments' responses to a questionnaire developed in the framework of the research conducted for the 2017 Global Review, and notes that while SPP policies vary widely between national governments across the globe, international networks working on SPP play a crucial role in its advancement and uptake worldwide.

The Global Review published in July 2017 featured Procura+ network participant Ghent (Belgium) as a good practice case study, and explores the progress made in terms of SPP in the past three years at a global scale, highlighting regional trends.

For more information and to download the factsheets, visit the 10YFP's SCP Clearing House website.

Municipalities sign up to Basque GPP Programme 2020

20 September 2017

Udalsarea21, the Basque network of municipalities for sustainability, has signed up to the Basque Government's GPP Programme 2020. The network, composed of 176 municipalities and other public entities, agreed to formally adopt the commitments of the GPP Programme and strive to reach 50% GPP in the procurement of 10 prioritised product groups by 2018 and 50% in 10 additional categories by 2020, including works, services and construction works.

This is the first major adhesion to the voluntary GPP Programme of the Basque Country 2020 after its approval during the last quarter of last year. The GPP Programme seeks to address process objectives, which relate to the integration of GPP into authorities’ procedures and procurement tools; and results objectives, based on greening of public tenders for more than 20 priority groups (ranging from office paper to building and infrastructure works).

The programme's implementation is supervised by Procura+ participant Ihobe, the Basque Environmental Management Agency.

For more information and to download the GPP Programme 2020, visit the Sustainable Procurement Platform Resource Centre.

Applications open for UrbanWINS CityMatch Exchange visits

19 September 2017

The UrbanWINS project's CityMatch Exchange Programme has announced its first two study visits in Procura+ network participant cities Rome and Cremona. The aim of the CityMatch Exchange Programme is to foster staff exchange between public authorities to develop competence, share knowledge, ideas and working methods on sustainable an innovation procurement in the waste and resources sector.

The first visit will be hosted by the Metropolitan City of Capital Rome on 12-13 October 2017. Participants will discover how furniture circular procurement and Green Public Procurement monitoring work in practice. The second study visit will be hosted by the Municipality of Cremona on 20-23 November 2017. Participants will be engaged in the European Waste Management week exploring on food and organic resources and waste management collection systems.

Applications to attend either study visit from interested staff in public authorities working in the waste and resources sector are currently being invited and can be sent to Philipp Tepper at the ICLEI European Secretariat. Travel and accommodation costs up to €600 can be covered by the project for attendees.

For more information on staff exchanges, visit the UrbanWINS website.

Enhancing cooperation between public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products in Germany

18 September 2017

A new national research and communication project dealing with bio-based products in public procurement is being carried out by the University of Würzburg, Germany. The project’s aim is to bring together and intensify information exchange between public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products. As a result more bio-based products should be purchased by public contracting entities so that the vendors will be put into a better market position. The intensified procuring of bio-based products by public contracting entities will give positive signals to private companies and consumers to do the same.

In order to bring together public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products, scientifically sound knowledge of procurement- as well sales-related processes and issues is needed. Empirical studies are to be conducted periodically in order to analyze developments in time and the effects of measures taken during the project.

In the first empirical study more than 1000 public entities answered a questionnaire to determine their knowledge of procuring bio-based products. Based on the results a web-based communication platform that brings together public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products was developed and implemented.

Public procurers can access the German communication platform here.

Suppliers of bio-based products can use this link.

East Asia GPP Working Group welcomes Chinese and Korean cities

14 September 2017

The 10YFP's Working Group on GPP in East Asia has received letters of commitment from Binhai New District, Guangming New District, Urumqi Economic Technological Development Zone (Totunhe District) in China and Suwon City in South Korea.

In July 2017, ICLEI, in cooperation with Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI), assisted Suwon city to produce a procurement guideline on Recycled Asphalt Concrete (RAC) in Korean, which is identified as target for Suwon’s GPP action plan. The guideline includes a basic concept for green product and procurement procedures and methods on RAC. In August 2017, the guideline was distributed to relevant public procurers in Suwon.

The 10 Year Framework Programme (10YFP) is a global framework of actions to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production through international cooperation. Working Group 1A was established to support Chinese and Korean cities enhancing green public procurement at the local level.

For more information, visit the ICLEI East Asia website.

BuyZET project establishes Observer City and Interest Groups

8 September 2017

The BuyZET project's Observer City Group has been established and an Interest Group comprising cities and public authorities to closely follow the project's activities is currently open to new members. The seven Observer Cities - Brussels (Belgium), Southampton (UK), Bologna (Italy), Jerusalem (Israel), Bielefeld (Germany), Manchester (UK) and Munich (Germany) - will monitor and discuss the activities of the project, participate in expert meetings and join or form Buyers' Groups.

The Interest Group has already recruited Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) and the Albanian Ministry of Transport, as well as the cities of Budapest (Hungary), Torres Vedras (Portugal) and Helsinki (Finland). Other cities and public authorities are invited to join the Interest Group to gain access to useful resources and the project’s activities. The Interest Group will enjoy privileged access to project’s activities, access to project meetings and study visits, participation in webinars, buyers groups, access to an online project discussion group and more.

The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website. To join the BuyZET Interest Group, contact the ICLEI European Secretariat.

Helsinki's approach to using sewage waste

7 September 2017

Sector Watch will cover the development of a project by Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) which seeks to develop ideas around the possible use of sewage sludge as a fertiliser product.

HSY is a municipal body responsible for waste management and water services to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, which also provides information on the city's environment and engages with citizens to on environmental issues:

Water services: HSY supplies high-quality drinking water to over 1 million inhabitants throughout the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It treats wastewater generated by households and industry in order to protect the Baltic Sea as well as build and repair the water and sewage network.
Waste management: HSY organises waste management for residential properties and the public administration, both in the Helsinki Metropolitan Are and in Kirkkonummi.
Regional and environmental information: HSY monitors the air quality in the Helsinki Metoropolitan Area at 11 monitoring sites. They promote the implementation of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Climate Strategy 2030 and the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

Impetus and goals in sewage sludge utilisation

At the moment, sewage sludge is composted in HSY's eco-industrial centre in Ämmässuo. Composting requires vast space in surrounding fields and causes strong odour in the surrounding area. In 5 years, it is projected that the amount of sewage to be processed there will double and the space will not be available to absorb this increase. The project therefore seeks to explore other ways of treating and reusing sewage sludge, as well as study methods used elsewhere.

A second impetus to start this project was uncertainty around the potential future use of sewage products as fertiliser in Finland.

The current goals of the project are therefore to:

  • study different kinds of treatment methods for sewage sludge
  • study different options for reuse of sewage sludge
  • to pilot selected treatments in Helsinki

Project process and schedule

The project started in June 2015 and conducted preparatory studies of the different methods employed in Finland and wider across Europe in sewage treatment and reuse. In 2016, market dialogues were conducted which produced small-scale pilots with companies to test the suitability of available technologies. In spring and summer 2017, the pilots were concluded and the results will be analysed by the project team.

In Autumn 2017 the project team will make recommendations based on the pilots of the treatment methods and refer these to a local steering group.