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The latest on life-cycle costing for procurement

26 November 2019

On behalf of the European Commission, ICLEI Europe and Ecoinstitut will host a webinar focussed on the 5 product-specific life cycle costing (LCC) tools that the European Commission has produced to facilitate the use of LCC in tendering processes among public authorities in the European Union.

The webinar will serve to:
- present the tools and help authorities understand their structure and features;
- demonstrate how to use one of them with real data; and
- reflect on what the results mean from a green public procurement perspective.


16th December 2019 at 14:00 CET

Access the full agenda here.

Register to attend the webinar here.


China, ICLEI, the Netherlands and UN Environment Programme join hands to lead the globe towards sustainable procurement

25 November 2019

The UN-led initiative “One Planet Network” has a new leadership for its Sustainable Procurement Programme. Four organisations are going to jointly manage the programme to accelerate the uptake of sustainable procurement (SPP) – a key pillar in achieving SDG 12. The selected organisations are: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Environment Development Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China (EDC), the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat, RWS) of the Netherlands, and the UN Environment Programme. The initiative is mandated by the UN member states and supports the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 - ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production.

The new leadership brings together a strong combination of expertise on SPP alongside vast experience in addressing sustainable public procurement at different governance levels and across the globe.   

Public procurement can be used to address environmental issues and encourage social cohesion. It can create new jobs, new markets and opportunities for business. ICLEI has been advocating for and supporting implementation of sustainable public procurement globally for over 23 years. Together with ambitious organisations like the EDC, RWS, and the UNEP, we will be able to support the uptake and implementation of sustainable public procurement at the local, national, regional and worldwide level to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns and assist in the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 12,” said Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö, ICLEI Global Executive Committee member on the Sustainable Local Economy and Procurement portfolio.

With the new leadership, the Sustainable Procurement Programme will empower public authorities at all levels to make use of their public funds to pave the path towards SDG 12.

“For a healthy future we have to stop wasting our finite resources and focus on circularity. We have to reuse materials and turn them into new products. Sustainable public procurement is our way of leading by example and helping to create a sustainable, circular market. And it works! So let’s coordinate our efforts, share what we learn and make a difference together,” highlighted Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands

Procurement has a key - although often overlooked - role in this endeavour. The One Planet Network’s SPP programme therefore mobilises support for SPP at all levels, involving a multitude of global actors. It supports countries and public authorities by demonstrating the value of SPP in addressing key environmental and social challenges, and working towards SPP implementation.

“Sustainable Public Procurement is the key measure for sustainable consumption and production transition. The Environmental Development Centre, China,  has long been committed to the policy research and implementation of sustainable consumption and production, environmental labeling and climate change, thus accumulating rich experience in these areas. By teaming up with international partners like UNEP, ICLEI and RWS, we will steadily advance cooperation and exchange between countries and regions, and stimulate the SPP programme globally. Exploring together, we will make every endeavor to achieve global sustainable development goals,” said Dr. Ren Yong, Director General of EDC.

To achieve this, the programme will connect SPP initiatives at global, regional, national and local level to replicate and scale-up impactful projects in collaboration.

For the upcoming period, the new leadership will focus on a range of key themes and sectors with high expected impact on SDG 12: construction and infrastructure, health, ICT, food, and circular procurement. Additional themes or sectors may be included at a later date.

New GPP Criteria - Public Space Maintenance

22 November 2019

The EU GPP criteria for public space maintenance have been finalised.

The criteria cover the following categories:

- outdoor cleaning products and services

- gardening products and services

- machinery products and services

- vehicles and service fleets and,

- common criteria for service categories

The use of these criteria has the potential to considerably reduce environmental impacts from public space maintenance, for instance by setting requirements on the cleaning products formulation and raw material use, manufacturing and end-of-life of cleaning products and disposable cleaning accessories; water saving in irrigation systems and watering practices, gardening practices to enhance biodiversity or the use of low-emissions vehicles and machinery.

These criteria are one of several product group EU GPP criteria that are being developed to facilitate the inclusion of green requirements in public tender documents.

The new criteria are currently available in English but translations are ongoing.
They will soon be included on the GPP webpage.

In the meantime, you can view the criteria on the project webpage with the description EU GPP criteria for public space maintenance SWD.


European Big Buyers advance procurement of zero emission vehicles

14 November 2019

The Big Buyers is a European Commission Initiative (BBI) for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement. As part of the platform, three working groups on circular construction, electric vehicles, and zero emission construction were established. The first meeting of the Big Buyers working group on electric vehicles took place on the 30 of October in Procura+ Participant and GLCN City Rotterdam. 25 participants from 11 cities and institutions discussed the procurement of (heavy-duty) electric vehicles, in particular for waste collection, street cleaning, and goods delivery.

The cities of Oslo (Procura+ Participant), Paris and Helsinki (Procura+ Participant) presented three best practice examples. Each participant also presented their current work, ambitions and challenges related to the procurement of electric vehicles.
Participants also had the chance to see Rotterdam’s electric fleet: 8 electric vehicles (light commercial vans, a garbage truck, an equipment carrier and sweeping machines) were presented in operation. During the site visit the participants gained valuable insights on what type of electric vehicles are already on the market and in daily use by the City of Rotterdam.
In the upcoming months, this cross-European working group decided to work on three main actions:

• Creating a platform for collaboration and sharing on technical specification for these type of vehicles, which are unique for the public sector
• Joint market dialogue and engagement
• Joint statement of demand

Additionally, a market engagement event is planned to take place in the spring of 2020. The next meeting of this group will be a BBI Procurement Training in Oslo, Norway on 28 & 29 November 2019. This will be an event for all three Big Buyers working groups, with cross-cutting capacity building sessions on how to build innovation in procurement.

MUPASS 2019 - our three take-aways

12 November 2019

The MUPASS Dialogue Forum 2019 took place in Bonn, Germany. The three-day Forum enabled a fruitful exchange on the topic of sustainable public procurement (SPP) with many interactive formats for senior officials from Europe, Africa and South America. The event was jointly organized by the German Development Institute, Engagement Global, Service Agency Communities in One World and the German Federal Ministry for Economy Cooperation and Development. Our colleague Philipp Tepper attended the event to share ICLEI’s work on enabling socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) through the Procura+ Network or the Global Lead Cities Network (GLCN) as well as the opportunity to submit good practice cases as part of the #WeBuySocialEU Project.

Back in 2018, the German Development Institute started organizing international dialogue on SPP, finding that despite regional differences, key challenges in implementing SPP are similar. Thus, mutual exchange and learning beyond borders appears extremely beneficial for public procurement experts.

Our three key take aways from this year:

1. SRPP benefits from a curated space and time for practitioners from different cultural contexts to exchange on its meaning and implications. This international exchange emphasized the spectrum of what social responsibility can entail e.g. tackling corruption across supply-chains, supporting local employment schemes, to fair working conditions and gender equality.

2. Social responsibility is a topic where public authorities hold leverage to makeshift. Procurement is a tool to act on the public responsibility of buying fair, just and for public benefit. GLCN cities such as Oslo, Ghent or Buenos Aires have put in place policies, strategies and processes that implement SRPP across sectors.

3. Lighthouse stories from cities such as Bonn, Freetown or the state of Sao Paulo inspire momentum and efforts towards replication. SPP is not yet mainstream. However, exchanging experiences and identifying common challenges strengthens the sense of direction and future collaboration.

Looking beyond the MUPASS Forum, the Procura+ Network offers thematic City Matches for a select group of procurers to connect and foster exchange.

Watch a recap of the MUPASS Forum 2019.

Local governments for climate conference calls on procurment to combat climate change

7 November 2019

There is great potential for local governments to use public procurement to strengthen their work on climate change and sustainability. Green and socially responsible public procurement are key tools laid out in the German governments’ Sustainability Agenda to achieve its climate targets.

How can local governments incorporate climate targets and resource efficiency in their procurement practices? Which criteria need to be considered?

At 12th annual “Kommunale Kilmakonferenz” (Local Governments for Climate Conference) in ICLEI Member Berlin (Germany), local governments and climate leaders got together to discuss these topics.

In his keynote address, Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI Europe Regional Director, encouraged local governments to pick up public procurement as a key area of focus in combatting climate change. He highlighted that 13% of GDP in Germany results from public procurement, and provided a range of examples from German and European cities that make use of this spending power to minimise carbon emissions and improve resource efficiency.

Cities such as ICLEI Member Hamburg (Germany) are constantly pushing for greener procurement criteria and leading the way in the implementation of sustainable procurement. Examples from sectors such as transport, mobility, and catering show that public procurement can incorporate climate change related goals and help to achieve them.

“It is good for cities to dare to move off the beaten path and try out new and different approaches,” concluded Mr Teubner.

At the conference, ICLEI Member Ludwigsburg (Germany) was honoured with an award for outstanding climate-friendly procurement for their work in using procurement strategically to achieve better public health, lower carbon emissions, and improve resource efficiency, all by introducing circular procurement approaches. The city has made strict sustainability criteria mandatory across all procuring departments.

To learn more about the conference, click here.

New Project encourages the transformation to a circular economy

6 November 2019

A new project supporting the transition to a circular economy in European cities has been kicked off. CityLoops, an EU-funded project coordinated by ICLEI Europe,  puts a strong emphasis on how public procurement can support this transition.

CityLoops focuses on two of the most significant urban material flows with remarkable environmental impacts in European cities: construction and demolition waste (CDW) – including soil – and organic waste (OW). Partners involved in this four-year initiative will develop 'circular city scan' methodology and indicators by adapting material flow analysis (MFA) and urban metabolism methods, as well as Circular Procurement Assessments to leverage the power of procurement. This will drive the transition to a circular economy.

Through this process, seven small- to medium-sized cities in Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain will test a number of innovative tools and processes to support circular planning, procurement, and decision-making related to CDW and OW. Scale-up plans in each of the demonstration cities will be prepared, while collaborative learning networks will be established at the regional level. These activities will be underpinned by public procurement support, including several workshops and guidance material on circular procurement.

Political representatives from most of the cities involved in the project – Høje-Taastrup, Roskilde and the Capital Region of Denmark (Denmark), Mikkeli (Finland), Seville and Vallès Occidental (Spain), and Porto (Portugal) – recently gathered to sign a ‘Circular Cities Declaration’. Through their signatures, they commit to enhancing the circular economy through policy and regulatory levers, including public procurement; to initiating a series of innovative pilot and demonstration activities to help identify the most promising solutions; to sharing knowledge with peers; and to building a wider circular cities coalition with key stakeholders and initiatives across Europe.

Cities and procurement authorities that are interested in becoming circular can join in and follow the activities of this project through a range of site visits, workshops, and webinars. If you are interested to learn more about opportunities to get engaged, please contact

For more information on CityLoops, please click here.

Transformative Action: Procurement as tool to achieve Circular Economy

5 November 2019

Circular Berlin - an initiative that works on circular economy from a bottom-up approach, found that based on the existing city strategies, the main priorities identified for a CE transformation in Berlin are: product reuse, waste prevention, improvement of green procurement including material use, the link between CE and energy efficiency, eco-construction, food and bio waste, and place-based actions.

In addition to research on the existing strategies, Circular Berlin is providing platforms for engagement and knowledge exchange and supporting local actors through collaboration. Now, their efforts were recognised through their nomination as one of three finalists of the 2019 Transformative Action Award. The other two are Leuven2030 (Belgium) and the City of Lousada (Portugal) 

The European sustainability award is organised by ICLEI, the Basque Country and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Now in its third year, the Award recognises ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions, which use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to contribute towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, and the achievement of the socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation of societies.

Learn more about Circular Berlin.
Learn more about the Transformative Action Award.

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE – new article highlights the possibilities for public procurement

1 November 2019

To achieve carbon neutrality and fulfil the commitments made under the Paris Agreement, the EU will require investments of about €175-290 billion per annum in the energy, transport, construction, water and infrastructure sectors – this is according most recent estimates. Public and private funds will have to be redirected into sustainable investments to make this happen. Responding to the urgency of this issue, the European Commission has submitted an ambitious and unique Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth.

Creating more opportunities for green investment and raising investor awareness about the risks associated with climate change indeed requires action on all fronts. Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, and Paula Land, Officer at ICLEI’s Sustainable Economy and Procurement team, have published an article in the European Files Magazine, highlighting the role that public procurement can play in directing funds towards climate change mitigation solutions. Despite the opportunities, there is also a need to level the playing field for sustainable finance and a lack of awareness and skills among public officials. This lack can be addressed by clear political support for “future-proof” procurement and legislation that levels the playing field for sustainable procurement.

“It needs governments at all levels that make clear and ambitious commitments to use sustainable public procurement to make their societies resource-efficient, low carbon and socially responsible. For a future-proof Europe, every public authority will need to do their bit in working towards a sustainable economy and society, and sustainable procurement is a vital part of this transition.”- Mark Hidson, Paula Land, Waking the Giant – European Files Magazine.

The most recent edition of the European Files Magazine looks more broadly into how the public and private sector can tackle the issue of sustainable climate finance. Contributions from the French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and EIB Vice President for climate action and environment Emma Navarro, among other, to discuss how public policy must change to direct more finance towards future proof solutions, and how private investors can change their risk assessment strategies to factor in the risks related to climate change.

Download the complete edition of the European Files Magazine here.