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Eight new SPP networks join the SPP Regions project

31 January 2018

Eight new sustainable public procurement networks have joined the SPP Regions project, committing to sustainability, working together at developing regional supply bases, increasing public sector’s influence on market engagement activities and using joint procurement to benefit from economies of scale.

The new networks cover and include the Piedmont region and Salento, a subregion of the region of Apulia (Italy); some Italian metropolitan cities, such as Milan, Bologna, Roma and Catania; Catalonia, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands (Spain); Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Finland) and the London Responsible Procurement Network (UK).

The SPP Regions project, coordinated by ICLEI, promotes the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). The project offers support in setting up networks and welcomes new participant cities, networks, regions and municipalities.

For more information or join the project, visit the project’s website or contact the ICLEI coordination team at

Dutch event stresses the importance of biobased standards

29 January 2018

On the 18th of January 2018, NEN and PIANOo have organised a roundtable to discuss how 'standards' can support bio-based public procurement. The event was organised as part of the InnProBio project.

Participants, mainly from national and local Dutch public authorities, were invited to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas on the topic. Different certification schemes were discussed and procurers concluded it should be up to the procuring entity to apply the most appropriate criteria, for example, based on percentage of bio-based content, sustainability of biomass, a product’s biodegradability.

Building on the Province of Zeeland’s experience of purchasing biobased products , particular attention was given to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical specifications, such as the EN 16785-1:2015, relating to methods for determining bio-based content and EN 16575, defining common terminology to biobased products. Participants felt these standards can help set up criteria for biobased products. On the other hand, some participants raised the issue of using these standards for new materials. They also raised that they find it challenging to apply existing standards and regulations to newly developed materials.

The results of the roundtable/dialogue will form part of the recommendations of the InnProBio project to the European commission to further stimulate bio-based procurement.

Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan launched by Rotterdam

29 January 2018

Procura+ Participant Rotterdam has released a Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan. The plan, approved in December 2017 by the Executive Board, describes the way in which the city puts into action the agreements from the Socially Responsible Procurement Manifesto, a scheme developed by PIANOo, on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The starting point is the effective and efficient use of the purchasing function for social policy objectives, such as employment and a clean environment.

When companies receive an order, Rotterdam sets social conditions, so that jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships become available to people with a disadvantage in the labour market. Environmental aspects also form part of the commitments. Since 2008, contractors have to meet environmental requirements for the use of trucks and construction machinery. Construction materials such as PVC pipes should be fully recycled and all wood comes from sustainably managed forests. Rotterdam is also Fairtrade municipality and most recently has started to recycle coffee waste so the nutrients can be used in plant fertiliser. The new action plan will integrate different types of sustainable procurement goals, including circularity, zero emission logistics and energy performance.

Rotterdam aims to use the action plan to further embed responsible procurement and help bring all tenders to the desired level. The action plan describes how the cooperation between contract owners, buyers and policy advisers can work best and indicates how Rotterdam sets the conditions for successfully embedding socially responsible aspects in purchasing processes. Rotterdam also hopes the action plan will cement its position as a forerunner in the field of social procurement and make the municipality’s ambitions visible to the outside world.

New EU GPP criteria for paints, varnishes and road-markings

29 January 2018

The European Commission's DG Environment has released new Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for paints, varnishes and road markings. The voluntary criteria, which cover both products and works, are aimed at prolonging the longevity and reducing the environmental impact of the production of products, proposes standards for public authorities to use in tendering.

A report commissioned by the European Commission found that 26% of the total EU paint market is procured by the public sector, the majority for social housing. The Commission seeks to use the criteria to promote circular economy approaches as a means of minimising the impact of production; reducing products' hazardous properties; promoting durable paints and road markings; and incentivising the minimisation of product wastage, including reuse and recycling.

The criteria are divided into core criteria for easy application of GPP and comprehensive criteria to support public authorities already using GPP to improve their environmental performance. The criteria, in English, will be translated into other official languages in the coming months.

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

Green Electronics Council releases Social Procurement guidance

22 January 2018

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) has released guidance on social procurement in the ICT sector. Entitled Purchasers' Guide for Addressing Labor and Human Rights Impacts in IT Procurements, the guidance is intended to be applied globally, and takes account of workers' and human rights legislation in various countries, including the USA, the UK and France.

The guide lists ten 'expectations of institutional purchasers' with regard to human rights, identifying aspects of due diligence which public procurers should be taking into consideration when purchasing goods and services. For each expectation, the guide sets out baseline and best practices and signposts to implementing relevant criteria, legislation and topic-specific guidance.

GEC is a non-profit organisation associated with eco-labelling in the IT sector. The guide aims to assist procurers in introducing labour and human rights related performance criteria in technical specifications, supplier selection and procurement award criteria, as well as in-contract performance clauses.

For more information and to download the Purchasers' Guide, visit the Green Electronics Council website.

BuyZET project presents transport mapping to Polis conference

16 January 2018

The BuyZET project, which aims to achieve zero emission deliveries through innovative procurement, has presented its transportation footprint mapping exercise at the Polis Conference and Urban Freight Working Group in December 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). Highlighting the importance of public procurement to achieving zero emissions in transport and mobility, the project shared a platform with other CIVITAS urban freight projects and presented to more than 500 delegates.

The transportation footprint mapping exercise identifies high priority procurement areas in order to build up a full picture of the emissions associated with public spend in the 3 core BuyZET partner cities - Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The core partner cities then selected four priority procurement areas to be improved during the project, including building and facility maintenance and repair services; consolidation of deliveries; industrial waste collection; and construction material transportation.

Launched in November 2016, the BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through understanding the full transport footprint and developing innovative procurement plans.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website.

ICLEI-led 10YFP working group to support SPP in East Asia

12 January 2018

Working group 1A, led by ICLEI as part of the 10YFP on Sustainable Procurement, has selected 4 local governments in China and 1 in the Republic of Korea to support their procurement of eco-innovative products and services. In addition to practical support for procurement, WG1A aims to build on and strengthen an existing network of local authorities on Green Public Procurement (GPP) in East Asia, and work with local governments to monitor the impact of GPP.

In November 2017, Guiyang City, the first city in China to initiate and implement local regulations on circular economy and ecological civilization, signed a political endorsement to show its strong commitment in joining WG1A project as a project pilot along with 3 other Chinese jurisdictions (Binhai New District, Guangming New District, Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone) and 1 Korean city (Suwon City) to scale up GPP uptake at local level.

At the beginning of 2018, ICLEI in cooperation with KEITI will measure and quantify the energy savings and GHGs reduction through GPP in Suwon City. For more information on the group's activities and objectives, visit the working group webpage or contact Mr. Philipp Tepper at

Balearic Island SPP Network holds its second networking event

5 January 2018

Thirty-four participants from central, regional and local governments of the Balearic Islands attended the second SPP Networking event the 1st December 2017. The event was intended as a training and awareness raising event for the inclusion of environmental considerations in public procurement. The event was attended by environmental and procurement experts and other professionals in the sector.

The main objectives of the event were to learn more about ecolabels for the verification of environmental criteria, to understand how to introduce environmental considerations in different phases of the procurement process and to highlight the importance of communicating the benefits of possible achievements through GPP (green public procurement).

The Balearic Island Network on SPP has been established under the SPP Regions project, coordinated by ICLEI, which aims to promotes the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI).

To know more about the network’s activities and event please contact Bettina Schaefer.