PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS

ICLEI is involved in a number of projects related to sustainable and innovation procurement. Click on the links below to find out more, or contact us at procurement@iclei.org.

We also offer a number of networking and exchange opportunities. Click here to find out more about the Procura+ Information Service and our regular events.

OUR PROGRAMMES

PROCURA+ EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT NETWORK

Join a network of active public authorities working on sustainable and innovation procurement. We facilitate exchange between participants, offer direct support to your activities, and promote your achievements internationally.

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GLOBAL LEAD CITY NETWORK ON SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT

Bringing together leading cities from around the world to share and develop their capabilities to implement sustainable and innovation procurement, driving a transition to sustainable production and consumption.

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ONE PLANET NETWORK ON SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

ICLEI is a co-lead and active
supporter of the worldwide
uptake of socially responsible,
environmentally friendly and economically sound purchasing via the United Nation's One Planet Network on Sustainable Public Procurement.

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OUR PROJECTS

Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is supporting a SAICM project on global best practices for emerging chemical policy issues of concern. The project overarchingly aims to achieve the sound management of chemicals throughout their lifecycle by 2020 and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.
UNEP and ICLEI Europe are working jointly on supporting implementation of component 2 of the project, and in particular the activities in the electronics sector. These activities aim to help governments and value chain actors in the electronics sector track and manage chemicals of concern (CoC) in their products. This work is focussed on developing global sustainable public procurement guidance enabling purchasers to ultimately reduce the use of chemicals of concern (CoC) in the electronics sector and supporting the training for adaptation of global tools and guidance to the local context of public purchasers in Colombia.
English
International
ICT (information and communication techn.)
General GPP/SPP
2020
CityLoops
CityLoops is a four-year EU-funded project focused on two waste streams: organic, and construction and demolition waste, including soil. Høje-Taastrup and Roskilde (Denmark), Mikkeli (Finland), Apeldoorn (the Netherlands), Bodø (Norway), Porto (Portugal) and Seville (Spain) are the seven European cities involved in the project that will develop and test a series of demonstration actions on construction and demolition waste (CDW) and organic waste (OW) with the aim of achieving material circularity. Over 30 new tools and processes will be tested as part of CityLoops.
English
Europe/EU
Circular Economy
EIC - The European Innovation Council
The European Innovation Council (EIC) is part of the European Commission's effort to give innovative companies better opportunities to become world-leading enterprises. The EIC pilot phase was launched on 27 October 2017 as part of the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-20. The EIC pilot will be acting as a one-stop-shop for innovation funding. With a budget of € 2.7 billion for the next three years, the Commission expects to fund 1,000 projects. ICLEI supports partnership building between the EIC Community members and public procurers interested in working with EIC SME’s; and manages the onboarding of private and public procurers interested in working with innovators on the EIC Community Platform and motivate their active participation in the EIC Community.
Europe/EU
SMEs(small and medium sized enterprises)
AI4CITIES
Artificial Intelligence (AI), one of the fastest-growing technologies in recent years, has the potential to play a mission-driven role in cities’ climate action plans. The AI4Cities project aims to harness this potential by bringing together leading European cities looking for energy and mobility solutions to reduce GHG emissions and support their climate action commitments towards carbon neutrality. Helsinki (Finland), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Paris region (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia) are the six European cities and regions involved in this project.

In AI4Cities, these six cities will go through a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process. PCP is an innovation procurement tool to stimulate market innovation as it enables the public sector to steer the development of new solutions directly towards its needs.

In this context, the six cities will define the needs and requirements of the energy and mobility solutions to be developed, and challenge start-ups, SMEs and companies to design innovative solutions applying the use of AI and related enabling digital technologies, such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data applications.

The AI4Cities project is divided into five main phases (0-4): one preparatory phase (0), three standard PCP phases (1 – solutions design, 2 – prototype phase, and 3 – prototype testing phase) and one final impact assessment and follow up phase (4). A group of follower cities will be recruited throughout the project to enhance the market uptake of the developed solutions.
English
Europe/EU, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway
ICT (information and communication techn.), Transport and vehicles, Energy
General GPP/SPP, Innovation procurement (PPI) , Market Engagement, Pre commercial procurement, SMEs(small and medium sized enterprises)
ICLEI Europe
2020
#WeBuySocialEU
The European Commission (EC) will produce a report that collects good practices on socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), and ICLEI is are supporting the EC to identify these outstanding examples from local, regional, national and European buyers.
Buying social is about acquiring ethical products and services; using public tenders to promote decent work along the supply chain; introducing gender equality criteria or other social considerations in your tenders; using the light regime for social services, reserved contracts to encourage social outcomes, and accelerating inclusion of people with disabilities by including certain specifications in your tenders, among others.
ICLEI will also support a communication campaign - #WeBuySocialEU - to reach public procurers and authorities to share with them the advantages of SRPP and encourage them to invest time and money on it, and to reach social economy businesses to provide information on the possibilities of SRPP and facilitate their participation in public tendering.
English
Europe/EU
Social responsibility
2019
Buying Social
ICLEI is developing an updated version of the EU Commission's Buying Social - a Guide on taking account of social considerations in public procurement
English
Europe/EU
General GPP/SPP, Social responsibility
Innovation Procurement Brokers
The main objective of this project is to establish an Innovation Procurement Broker (IPB) that brings together and facilitates the procurement of innovative goods and services between contracting authorities, suppliers of innovation (with a special focus on SMEs and start-ups), investors, and researchers. This sustainable business model is based on scaling up the activities of 5 pilot schemes at European level. The pilots are implemented at regional and national level testing out different approaches.
English
Europe/EU
General GPP/SPP, Innovation procurement (PPI)
Big Buyers Initiative
The Big Public Buyers Initiative is as a platform for promoting and enabling collaboration between big public buyers on strategic public procurement to help drive the market for innovative goods and services. The main aim of the initiative is to enhance the uptake of strategic public procurement in Europe through partnerships with public buyers. Three working groups will be established, each involving at least three public buyers, focusing on a specific product/sector, where there is a shared public need not sufficiently provided by the current market. The working groups will deliver a tangible outcome such as the development of common procurement standards, the launching of a joint statement of demand, or a joint procurement exercise. ICLEI is running the initiative together with EUROCITIES on behalf of DG Grow.
English
Europe/EU
General GPP/SPP
Make ICT Fair
This project is a three-year EuropeanAid project aiming at improving the lives of workers and those impacted along different stages of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supply chain through research, campaigning, capacity building and advocacy.
English
Europe/EU, International
ICT (information and communication techn.)
Fair trade, Social responsibility
2017
EC GPP Training and Toolkit
ICLEI, together with a series of organisations from across the EU, is updating the European Commission's GPP Training Toolkit, and organising 10 training programmes for procurers in 7 EU countries.

Training programmes will be carried out in:

Croatia (by Projekt jednako razvoj d.o.o. (PJR))
Cyprus (by Cyprus Energy Agency (CEA))
Hungary (by The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC))
Latvia (by the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund (LEIF))
Poland (by Foundation CentrumCSR)
Portugal (by Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG))
Romania (by Ecosistemi)
English
Europe/EU
General GPP/SPP
2019
Procure2Innovate
The Procure2Innovate project will establish or expand Competence Centres for innovation procurement in ten EU Member States. The project aims to improve institutional support and quality of advice for public procurers of information and communication technologies (ICT), and other product groups implementing innovation procurement.
English
Europe/EU
Innovation procurement (PPI)
2018
Innovation Procurement Platform
The website is the first port of call for all things related to public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). It aims to make public procurement of innovation a wide-spread reality in Europe.
English
Europe/EU
Innovation procurement (PPI)
ICLEI
2012
LEA Learntech Accelerator
Based on the findings from the IMAILE project, which conducted a pre-commercial procurement of Personal Learning Environment software, the LEA project aims to develop a critical mass of European procurers demanding innovative learn tech solutions.
English
Europe/EU
ICT (information and communication techn.)
Innovation procurement (PPI) , Pre commercial procurement
2018
Circular PP
Circular PP is a 3-year project supported by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The aim is to address the societal challenge of resource efficiency in a multidimensional way. The project develops an adequate framework for circular procurement in the countries belonging to the Baltic Sea Region.
English
Europe/EU
General GPP/SPP, Circular Economy
CIVITAS ECCENTRIC
Within CIVITAS ECCENTRIC, the cities of Madrid, Stockholm, Munich, Turku and Ruse are working together to tackle the challenges of mobility in suburban districts and clean, silent and CO2 free city logistics. CIVITAS ECCENTRIC demonstrates the potential and replicability of integrated and inclusive urban planning approaches, innovative policies and emerging technologies in five “Living Lab” areas. Clean vehicles and fuels are tested, new regulations and services formulated and consolidation solutions developed in close partnership with the private sector.
English
Europe/EU
Transport and vehicles
INNOPATHS
INNOPATHS is a four year EU funded research project that aims to work with key economic and societal actors to generate new, state-of-the-art low-carbon pathways for the European Union.
English
Europe/EU
EU GPP Helpdesk
The main idea behind the GPP Helpdesk is to promote and disseminate information about GPP, and to provide timely and accurate answers to stakeholders' enquiries. Stakeholders can send their questions by email to gpp-helpdesk@iclei.org

Part of the GPP Helpdesk service are the publication of monthly newsletters - GPP News-Alerts. Each News-Alert provides short articles, forthcoming GPP events, new website updates, an interview with a key stakeholder, and summaries of GPP examples. All editions are available here http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/alert_en.htm
English
Europe/EU
2010