Issue 5, Autumn 2017
IN THIS ISSUE
Welcome to the fifth issue of the Procura+ Update. Redeveloped from the SP Update, this newsletter brings together the latest news from the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network and ICLEI's work on sustainable and innovation procurement.
HOT TOPIC: Procura+ Awards 2017 winners announced in Tallinn
PROCURA+ NETWORK: Oslo to host Procura+ Seminar 2018
PROJECT NEWS: UrbanWINS project in first GPP CityMatch
OTHER NEWS: New EU Communication on public procurement
1 | HOT TOPIC
Procura+ Awards 2017 winners announced in Tallinn
Projects involving recycled textiles, eco-labelled school buildings and remanufactured furniture emerged as Europe's most sustainable and innovative public procurements at the 2017 Procura+ Awards held on 17 October in Tallinn (Estonia) in the context of Estonia's Presidency of the EU. The ceremony was held as part of the eafip Conference on Innovation Procurement. The winning public procurers were:
Municipality of Hyvinkää, Finland
Sustainable Procurement of the Year was awarded to the first Nordic Swan eco-labelled pre-school in Finland, which was constructed after a market dialogue process and included sustainability measures on energy use, chemical products, building products and health factors.
Ministry of Defence, Netherlands
Innovation Procurement of the Year was awarded for two contracts supplying towels, cloths and overalls to Dutch military personnel. This produced estimated savings of 233 million litres of water and 69,000 kg of CO2, based on a technical requirement of textiles containing at least 10% recycled post-consumer textile fibres.
Public Health Wales (National Health Service, UK)
Tender Procedure of the Year was awarded for the use of a supplier open day and contracting social enterprises, Public Health Wales was supplied with over 2,500 furniture items of which only 6% were new purchases. This diverted 41 tonnes of waste from landfill with a CO2 saving of 134 tonnes, creating full time jobs for seven disabled and long term unemployed people.
For full details of finalists and winners, visit the Procura+ website.
2 | PROCURA+ NETWORK
Network participant Oslo to host 15th Procura+ Seminar in March 2018
The City of Oslo (Norway) and ICLEI are partnering to host the 15th Procura+ Seminar on 21-22 March 2018, to bring together a diverse range of practitioners, experts and policy makers from across Europe. Participants will engage with Oslo on their new procurement strategy, and with the SPP Regions project partners on experiences of engaging with suppliers, applying circular procurement and using life cycle costing tools.
Ihobe: Basque region
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3 | PROJECT NEWS
UrbanWINS project conducts first CityMatch exchange on GPP
The Metropolitan City of Rome (Italy) and Portuguese municipal waste management agency LIPOR have undertaken a staff exchange on Green Public Procurement in the context of the UrbanWINS project. Held during the CompraVerde Forum in Rome on 12-13 October, the CityMatch had a topical focus on tendering for furniture and monitoring GPP.
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4 | OTHER NEWS
New EU Commission Communication on public procurement
The European Commission has released a Communication aimed at carrying out public procurement more efficiently and sustainably at a meeting in Strasbourg (France) on 3 October. The Commission is encouraging member states to focus on six priority areas of improvement. It also announced a helpdesk and support mechanism for procurers working on large infrastructure projects, and a targeted consultation on stimulating innovation procurement.
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Last but not least...
New GPP criteria:
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