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14.6.2018 : Cities should demand zero emission construction sites

ICLEI - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 15:10

Diesel engines are major contributors to urban air pollution, carbon emissions and noise pollution, yet to date, little attention has been paid to their use in the building and construction activities and the risks that they pose to the health of construction workers and neighbouring residents.


A new report by Bellona argues that cities - as major purchasers of construction work - need to begin harnessing their procurement power to encourage greater innovation and a transformative shift to clean vehicles in the construction industry. At a European level, there is also an opportunity to include construction site vehicles in the ongoing reformulation of the EU's Clean Vehicles Directive.


Electrified machinery is cleaner, quieter, and has lower operational costs. It is also becoming increasingly available on the market, and some cities are already leading the way, such as the City of Oslo, which recently procured four kindergartens with a requirement for fossil free construction sites (a case study is available here).


The full report on 'Zero Emission Construction Sites' can be read here.

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5.6.2018 : 2018 TA award - Win €10,000 for your next procurement action

ICLEI - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:13

The winner of the 2018 Transformative Action Award will receive a prize of €10,000 to help initiate further transformative actions in the winner’s city or region.


Innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural or technological transformation are particularly welcomed, especially those which showcase the use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies.


The award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.


Current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 31 July 2018. Applicants will be shortlisted in September and the award ceremony will be held at the European Committee of the Regions, Brussels (Belgium) in November 2018.


For more information and to apply for the Transformative Action Award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.

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29.5.2018 : Reducing energy use of data centres through innovation procurement

ICLEI - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:04

Data centres might be easy to forget about, but they have become central to our everyday lives, acting as the hubs of our increasingly digitally powered societies - and consuming an enormous amount of energy in the process.


Global demand for energy from internet-connected devices already consumes 3-5% of the worlds electricty, and the need for data centers is only expected to increase as our use of digital devices and collection of data continues to rise. Mitigating strategies such as powering centres through renewable energy and increasing their energy efficiency are therefore extremely important, and as demonstrated by the EURECA project, can achieve significant results.


Funded by the European Commission, the EURECA project used a public procurement of innovation approach to support new build and retrofit data centre projects. The resulting pilot projects saved over 131 GWh/year of primary energy. As well as creating training modules on innovation procurement for data centres, the project has also compiled a market directory, and a tool which helps procurers self-assess the efficiency of their data centre and find solutions.


For more information, visit the EURECA project website.

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25.5.2018 : Digital transformation of procurement prioritised by Commission

ICLEI - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:23

Digital transformation is a significant trend in public procurement with the potential to radically alter the way public authorities will make future purchases. From e-procurement to outcome-based and data-driven decision making, digital transformation has the potential to increase the efficiency of public services and make public procurement competitions more attractive to bidders.


For that reason, digital transformation was one of the priorities highlighted in the European Commission's public procurement package in October 2017, and will be the subject of a conference organised by the Commission in Lisbon, Portugal on 18 October.


The conference will focus on topics such as getting ready for future waves of technological change and digital innovation, and reaching more public procurers with the benefits of this transformation.


For more information on this upcoming conference, please visit the DG Growth website.

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17.5.2018 : European Commission publishes innovation procurement guidance

ICLEI - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:48

New guidance has been published by the European Commission's DG GROW, addressing the fundamental aspects of innovation procurement - why it is important, who should be interested, and most importantly, how it can be done.


The guidance is based around good practice examples, and aims to help public procurers with a range of practical issues, including reducing administrative burdens, using selection criteria effectively, mobilising innovation brokers, and implementing SME-friendly payment schemes. It covers a range of alternative public procurement procedures - such as competitive dialogue, design contests and innovation partnerships - providing inspiration and advice for implementing these.


In addition to practical examples, the guidance also highlights wider innovation procurement initiatives, such as the Procure2Innovate project on establishing and expanding innovation competence centres in 10 EU Member States, and draws attention to important points for sharing and learning about international experiences in innovation procurement, including the Procurement of Innovation Platform and the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network.


This guidance is released as part of the Renewed Agenda for Research and Innovation, and is available here.

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15.5.2018 : EcoProcura 2018: Four days left to submit to call for contributions

ICLEI - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:22

With only four days left until the call for contributions closes, don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your work to attendees from across Europe and other world regions at EcoProcura 2018 – a three day conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands).


The deadline for the call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions is Friday 18 May.


Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.


Organisations, projects and businesses, which offer sustainable procurement services and expertise, are also invited to apply for a space at the EcoProcura 2018 Exhibition zone.  The Exhibition zone will serve as a key meeting and networking spot, featuring procurement- related initiatives and organisations. For more information about costs and layout and to secure your spot today, contact us at ecoprocura2018@iclei.org.


For all the latest conference updates and information, from information on breakout sessions, practical information on Nijmegen and how to get to the city, and information about our speakers, visit the conference website.

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11.5.2018 : PRIMO Forum focuses on procurement innovation and strategy

ICLEI - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 15:57

Procurement innovation was the central theme of this year's Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openess (PRIMO) Forum, held between May 8-10 in Bucarest, Romania.


Hosted by the Government of Romania, around 100 participants took part in the Forum, which was co-sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and the World Bank, in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), SIGMA, OECD, and UNICTRAL.


Prominent on the agenda were discussions around the reform of public procurement through legislative simplification, supporting innovation procurement through policy, and presentations of best practice and the business case for innovation procurement.


More information on the outcomes of the Forum can be found here.

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4.5.2018 : More ambition encouraged for the new Clean Vehicles Directive

ICLEI - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:24

The Clean Vehicles Directive was first introduced by the European Commission in 2009 in order to promote innovation and help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles by requiring public authorities to take energy consumption and emissions into account when purchasing vehicles.


Almost ten years on, the Commission is continuing to encourage innovation by proposing new targets and a reform the Clean Vehicles Directive to make it easier for public procurers to use.


The European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has now produced a draft opinion on these proposals which calls for greater ambition, arguing that requiring the procurement of "ultra-low emission vehicles" is an essential opportunity to deepen and broaden innovation in the European vehicle manufacturing sector, pushing it to regain the lead in the global market for these technologies.


The present formulation of the Clean Vehicles Directive remains in force. For more information on how to comply with this regulation and implement green vehicle procurement, the Clean Fleets project - coordinated by ICLEI - developed a range of resources including guidance, training and a LCC tool, all avialable online.

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26.4.2018 : EcoProcura 2018 launches registration and extends call for contributions

ICLEI - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:14

Registration is now open for the EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands). EcoProcura 2018, marking 20 years of the conference series, will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.


The interactive programme will present, discuss and identify ways of using procurement as an effective tool in the strategic decision making process of a public authority. It will focus on important policy areas for sustainable, innovative and circular future, such as sustainable mobility, renewable energy and low carbon infrastructure. Approaches to organisational culture and behaviour change to achieve sustainable, innovation and circular procurement will also be explored.  In addition, participants will have the chance to learn more about topics such as, life-cycle costing, design of specifications and monitoring of contracts.


Confirmed speakers for the conference include Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation, Hubert Bruls, Mayor of Nijmegen, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö (Sweden) and Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, with further speakers to be announced soon.


The deadline for call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions has been extended to 18 May 2018. Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.


For more information and to register, or submit a proposal to the call for contributions, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.

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19.4.2018 : European Parliament endorses Circular Economy Package

ICLEI - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 14:06

The European Parliament endorsed the EU Circular Economy Package at its plenary session on 18 April, aiming not only at waste targets but "profoundly innovating our system of production" and implementing sustainability measures impacting on industry, consumers and public procurers.


The Package, expected to be endorsed by the European Council in the coming months, will see at least 55% of municipal waste (from households and businesses) being recycled by 2025, rising to 60% by 2030, and 65% by 2035. The draft law also limits the share of municipal waste being landfilled to a maximum of 10% by 2035.


Public authorities are at the forefront of waste management, and these new targets will impact how municipalities procure and provide waste collection services to their citizens. ICLEI, as partner in the UrbanWINS project, is currently linking the field of waste and resource management with GPP through its CityMatch programme, which is currently recruiting participants and hosts for staff exchange on sustainable and innovation procurement on waste topics.


For more information on the Circular Economy Package, visit the European Parliament's news website.

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18.4.2018 : Jury announced and deadline extended for 2018 Procura+ Awards

ICLEI - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:00

The deadline for applications to the 2018 Procura+ Awards has been extended until 18 May 2018 in all three award categories - Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Procurement Initiative of the Year. Hosted by Procura+ network coordinators ICLEI in cooperation with the Procure2Innovate project, the competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.


A high-level jury will include Procura+ Network chair and Mayor of Malmö Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Acting Director in the European Commission's DG GROW Marzena Rogalska, Head of the OECD's Public Sector Integrity Division, Janos Bertok and Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, Mark Hidson.


Last year's Procura+ Awards saw Hyvinkää Municipality (Finland), Ministry Of Defence Netherlands and Public Health Wales (UK) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.


For more information and to apply, visit the Procura+ website.

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12.4.2018 : Deadline extended: EU Ethical Trade Award open to social and innovative procurement successes

ICLEI - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:44

The European Commission's DG Trade has extended the deadline for the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award until 20 April, and entrants with sustainable and social procurement success stories are invited to apply. The award is open to EU Cities of more than 20,000 inhabitants promoting or implementing initiatives (e.g. on fair trade or working rights, economic viability, environmental protection) which can improve living and working conditions in EU and non-EU supply chains.


The new award aims to recognise and celebrate cities’ achievements and positive impact in the area of social, economic and environmental sustainability in international trade. A particular emphasis is given to fair and ethical trade schemes as well as other non-governmental sustainability schemes that may bring more sustainable opportunities to small producers in third countries.


A video featuring the EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström sets out the award concept and benefits for cities considering applying. The awards ceremony will be held on 27 June in Brussels.


For more information on the award and to submit an application, visit the Trade City Award website.

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29.3.2018 : SPP Regions project meets energy and emissions targets

ICLEI - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 18:10

The SPP Regions project concludes this month having generated over 1000 GWh of renewable energy and achieving its carbon and energy savings targets through eco-innovative tenders carried out in the project's 7 regional sustainable procurement networks.


Starting in 2015 and coordinated by ICLEI, the project has promoted the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). As it approaches its conclusion, it has saved 395,000 tCO2/year and primary energy totalling 1,425 GWh/year, as well as procuring 1,015 GWh of renewable energy across 39 tenders in 7 countries, involving 31 contracting authorities. Additionally, the project recruited new partner networks in 8 other European regions and worked closely with the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network.


The full list of tender models is available to download on the project website, where a savings calculation methodology used in the GPP2020 project demonstrates how the targets and achievements are quantified. The project has also produced a package of in-depth guidance and a series of 'how-to' videos on the implementation of various sustainable procurement practices such as market engagement and circular procurement, as well as the 3rd edition of the Procura+ Manual.


For more information on the SPP Regions project and its eco-innovative tenders, visit the project website.

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15.3.2018 : Call for contributions to EcoProcura 2018 conference opened

ICLEI - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:01
The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has opened a call for contributions for four elements of its programme from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit ideas for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions by 30 April 2018.

The 10th edition of the EcoProcura conference will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations. The interactive programme will focus on European policy and international initiatives, and explore topics such as the potential and implementation of circular procurement, life-cycle costing, monitoring and e-Procurement.

Proposals can be submitted online via the recently launched EcoProcura 2018 website, where a programme outline is now available. Updates and details of sessions, speakers and topics will be posted on the website over the coming months, and online registration will open in April.

For more information on the call for contributions and the latest programme updates, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.
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8.3.2018 : TA Awards open to innovative and sustainable procurement actions

ICLEI - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:41
Innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural or technological transformation are invited to apply to the 2018 edition of the Transformative Action Awards. The awards, which recognise sustainability initiatives which follow the pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration, has been opened in Vienna (Austria) by jury member and ICLEI Europe Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner.

The Basque Declaration, formally endorsed at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016, outlines new pathways for European cities and towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation.

The use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies is specifically outlined in the Declaration. Eligible current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 30 June 2018. Applicants will be shortlisted in September and the awards ceremony will be held in November 2018.

For more information and to apply for the Transformative Action Award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.
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5.3.2018 : Is your innovation procurement an award-winner?

ICLEI - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 17:40
Is your public authority a trailblazer in the procurement of goods or services? Has it conducted an innovative procurement in the last two years? If so, it could be in line for a Procura+ Award!

The Procura+ Awards recognise sustainable and innovative public procurements which lead to real improvements in public goods, services, processes and infrastructure. They are co-ordinated by ICLEI, in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.

The 2018 Procura+ Awards are now accepting applications from public authorities which have procured sustainably and innovatively within the last two years, giving visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities in action.

This year, the application process has been streamlined, and a new winners’ category introduced: Procurement Initiative of the Year. This award recognises effective actions such as strategies, tools or projects which have been harnessed to achieve truly outstanding procurement. The remaining categories are Sustainable Procurement of the Year and Innovation Procurement of the Year.

In last year’s Procura+ Awards, the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands won the award for Innovation Procurement of the Year for an eco-innovative procurement of textiles using recycled materials. This year’s Procura+ Awards is set to recognise equally outstanding procurement achievements and give a platform for even greater success in the field.

For more information on the 2018 Awards, and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website.
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28.2.2018 : The final InnProBio newsletter is now available

ICLEI - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:32
The sixth and final edition of the InnProBio newsletter is now available on the InnProBio website. The newsletter includes updates on the project’s activities, together with news related to the topic of bio-based products and services and upcoming events.

This edition features the InnProBio Handbook now available in four new languages, includes details of two bio-based events, namely a Dutch event on the standardisation process of bio-based products and a market dialogue event organised in Lodz (Poland). Furthermore, the newsletter introduces to the EU funded project BIOCANNDO, working on bio-based products and awareness raising, the new EU Plastic Strategy, and informs about the release of new factsheets to support bio-based procurement. It finally includes relevant upcoming events.

To read the latest newsletter, visit the newsletter section of the website.
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