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15.2.2018 : Valencia launches Market Sounding Prospectus in CEPPI project

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:25
Valencia City Council has launched its first PPI process, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the Central Fire Station as part of the CEPPI project. The city, through the Fire Service and the Las Naves Foundation, has announced a market sounding prospectus and preliminary market consultation aimed at generating a space for technical dialogue with all economic and innovation agents who want to participate.

The procurement is intended to improve the Fire Station facilities, as well as increase the wellbeing of a 24/7 workforce. The consultation will test what the current market can offer and obtain the feedback of professionals and technical experts in the sector in order to better shape the subsequent call for tender. A supplier information day is planned for February 27 in the Central Fire Station. Alongside this, a PIN has been published in Tenders Electronic Daily and a video released that explains the needs and background to the procurement.

CEPPI is a 3-year project aimed at saving at least 33GWh/year and developing the capacity of public authorities to implement innovation procurement solutions for energy-related projects.

For more information, visit the Las Naves Foundation website.
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14.2.2018 : GPP and innovation procurement identified in EU's Plastics Strategy

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:36
The European Commission's Plastics Strategy released in January 2018 identifies Green Public Procurement (GPP) as a tool for reducing plastic waste, and highlights the role GPP criteria can play in improving the recyclability of plastics. The strategy also recommends that national, regional and local authorities should make greater use of public procurement to support plastic waste prevention and recycling of plastics.

The strategy, which has been proposed to the other European Institutions in an official Communication, aims to play a major role in the transition towards a circular economy. The multi-pronged approach includes additional investment in innovation and guidance as to what public authorities can do - including the strategic use of public procurement - to produce innovative solutions dealing with hazardous substances and contaminants from recycled plastics.

Seen as a follow-on from the 2015 Circular Economy package, the Plastics Strategy is expected to form a central part of the EU's contributions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement objectives on climate change.

For more information, visit the European Commission's website.
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7.2.2018 : Job vacancy: Officer, Sustainable and Innovation Procurement - ICLEI

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:47
ICLEI is recruiting a Sustainable and Innovation Procurement Officer on an 80-100% FTE basis at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany). The position will be based within the Sustainable Economy and Procurement team, and the working language is English. Working on procurement since 1996, ICLEI facilitates networking, knowledge sharing, collaboration and best practice exchange on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement through EU-funded projects in collaboration with ICLEI partner cities and members of its European and global procurement networks.

The main focus of this position will address the topics of innovation and sustainable procurement through EU-funded projects. The deadline for applications is 4 March, although applications will be reviewed when they are received as the proposed start date is 1 April 2018.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of 1,200 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development.

For more details on the position, visit the ICLEI Europe jobs website.
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16.1.2018 : BuyZET project presents transport mapping to Polis conference

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:15
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.
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29.1.2018 : Dutch event stresses the importance of biobased standards

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:20
On the 18th of January 2018, NEN and PIANOo have organized a dialogue to discuss about how standards can support biobased public procurement. The event was organized 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 discusses and procurers concluded it should be up to the procuring entity to apply the most appropriate, e.g. 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 found challenging applying existing standards and regulations to newly developed materials.

The results of the dialogue will be part of the recommendations of the InnProBio project to the European commission to further stimulate bio/based procurement.
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22.1.2018 : Green Electronics Council releases Social Procurement guidance

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:58
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.
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16.1.2018 : BuyZET Transportation Mapping presented at transport conference

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:25
During the Polis Conference (6-7 December 2017), the BuyZET project shared a stand with other urban freight CIVITAS projects, taking a great opportunity to network with more than 500 delegates and to distribute the report on the methods and results of the transportation footprint mapping exercise. The city transportation mapping work identifies high priority procurement areas and was carried out by the 3 core partner cities (Oslo, Rotterdam, Copenhagen).

On the 8th of December, during Polis Urban Freight Working Group meeting, Giacomo Lozzi from Polis presented the results of the transportation footprint mapping exercise and the priority procurement areas (Building and facility maintenance and repair services, Consolidation of deliveries, Industrial waste collection, Construction material transportation) selected by Oslo, Rotterdam, Copenhagen. Polis members showed interest in the approach proposed by BuyZET and contributed by sharing their feedback, their best practices in the field and partly put forward their interest in being part of BuyZET Interest Group.

The BuyZET community is growing! If you also want to join the BuyZET Interest Group, please write to procurement@iclei.org.
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18.12.2017 : European Commission December GPP news alert online now

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:44
The December edition of the European Commission's GPP news alert is now available online. The latest issue opens with the Green Deals initiative on Circular Procurement, which was recently launched in Flanders (Belgium). 101 procurers are already on board to test out new approaches to procurement.

This month’s interview features the Dr Nina Nesterova from TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), on the BuyZET project's approach for mapping the most emissions-intensive procurement categories from transport activities in three big cities – Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo.

The GPP News Alert good practice cases for December present the approaches and achievements of two 2017 Procura+ Awards winners: reusing and refurbishing furniture in a new office, from Public Health Wales (UK); and the purchase of towels, wash cloths and overalls made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres by the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

For more information and to download the newsletter, visit the European Commission's DG Environment GPP website.
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20.11.2017 : BuyZET project transport mapping indentifies procurement priority areas

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:15
The BuyZET project has released a series of reports on the methods and results of the transportation footprint mapping exercise that identifies high priority procurement areas. These procurement areas have the potential, through improved processes and supplier solutions, to impact upon the transportation footprint of a public authority.

The first step in mapping the transportation footprint is to identify and include all activities performed by cities that involve transportation. Each city within the BuyZET project – Copenhagen, Oslo and Rotterdam – has studied the transportation impacts of different types of procurement activities following different methodologies developed within the project. The three reports from Copenhagen, Oslo and Rotterdam are available here, as well as a consolidated summary of the results of the three reports.

Launched in November 2016, the BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through procurement of innovation solutions and the development of city procurement plans.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website.
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12.12.2017 : Global city networks announce 'One Planet Charter' on Paris Agreement

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:46
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy have announced the One Planet Charter to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement through innovative, sustainable public procurement, and other policy measures, in cities and local governments across the world at the One Planet Summit in Paris (France) on 12 December.

The One Planet Charter builds on the Bonn-Fiji commitment at the COP23 international climate conference in November and sustainable procurement initiatives such as ICLEI's Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and the 100% Renewable Energy Cities & Regions Campaign, as well as C40 Cities’ Fossil Fuel Free Streets. Through the Charter, cities will commit to specific climate action and innovation to drive investment, sustainable public procurement, and policy decisions in renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and efforts for zero emission buildings and zero waste.

Seoul Mayor, ICLEI President, Global Covenant of Mayors Board Member and Chair of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement Park Won Soon demonstrated the need for innovation to underpin the Charter's goals, "I encourage all Mayors to join this commitment campaign to mobilize the huge demand-side power of cities, and drive the market for sustainable infrastructure, products and services worldwide to accelerate climate action through ambitious GHG reduction targets and robust adaptation strategies.”

The Charter is being announced on the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and is aimed at giving cities momentum to realise ambitious global climate goals through public and private sector collaboration and sustainable public procurement.

For more information, read the press release on the ICLEI Europe website.
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11.12.2017 : InnProBio newsletter #5 is now available

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:17
The fifth 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 two latest InnProBio case studies on the bio-based public procurement carried out by the Province of Zeeland and Skåne Regional Council, on the purchase of bio-based products for road works and disposable bio-based aprons, respectively. It includes information on Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) latest guide on bio-based office furniture and InnProBio latest factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing.

To read the latest newsletter, visit the newsletter section of the website.
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7.12.2017 : High-level procurement conference tackles professionalisation

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:19
Following the release of a European Commission Communication on 3 October identifying six priority areas of improvement in public procurement, the European Commission's DG GROW is today hosting a high-level procurement conference on transparency and integrity, professionalisation and large infrastructure projects in Brussels.

The conference, entitled Joining Forces in Public Procurement to Power Investment, is being held in the context of an increased focus at the European level on strategic procurement, professionalisation and improving public procurers' capacities to undertake large procurements. These topics will also be engaged with in =201712#ne1a0fe14"]two major conferences being held by ICLEI in 2018 - the Procura+ Seminar in Oslo (Norway) on 21-22 March, and the EcoProcura 2018 Conference from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands).

A number of SPP and PPI projects coordinated by ICLEI have also addressed the professionalisation of procurement processes and improving public buyers' capacities to uptake innovation. The SPP Regions project has recently published guidance on engaging in Life-cycle Costing, Market Engagement and other areas. The PPI Project has also developed training and guidance for public procurers to invest in innovative solutions across several sectors of public spend.

For more information on the Joining Forces conference, visit the European Commission's DG GROW website.
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6.12.2017 : European Commission focuses on procurement issues of large buyers

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:29
The European Commission is hosting an event in Brussels on 6 December focusing on the needs and issues of large public buyers in the EU. The event follows a substantial Communication on priority areas for improvement in public procurement issued in October, and looks specifically on public procurement of innovation (PPI), cross-border Joint Procurement and digitisation of procurement processes. The event brings together large European cities, central purchasing bodies and stakeholders' associations along with representatives from the European Commission's DG GROW.

ICLEI has been working with large city and regional public buyers in the context of several sustainability and PPI projects, including SPP Regions and CEPPI. The SPP Regions project concerns the establishment and expansion of 7 networks from across Europe which have committed to draft a total of 42 eco-innovative tenders - 6 per region - focused on energy savings in public buildings; vehicles and transport; and food and catering. The project has published several tender models involving large purchasing organisations, including the joint procurement of 500GW/h of green energy in Piedmont region (Italy).

The CEPPI project also plans innovative tenders involving cities which will achieve at least 33GWh/year within the duration of the project.

For more information, visit the SPP Regions and CEPPI websites.
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5.12.2017 : ICLEI announces two major procurement events for 2018

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 18:11
Two major conferences on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement have been announced by ICLEI in conjunction with the host cities of Oslo (Norway) and Nijmegen (Netherlands). The 15th Procura+ Seminar will take place on 21-22 March 2018 in Oslo; and the 10th EcoProcura conference will take place from 3-5 October 2018 in Nijmegen.

The 2018 Procura+ Seminar will be opened by Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen and ICLEI's Global Director of Sustainable Procurement, Mark Hidson. Procura+ Seminars bring together Procura+ Network participants, practitioners, experts, and policy makers from across Europe. The interactive programme offers the chance to explore procurement concepts and issues through the lens of real-life examples and experiences, take part in dynamic and interactive sessions, and build practical capacity.

The 2018 EcoProcura Conference has been announced by Nijmegen mayor Hubert Bruls and will host 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement, including current best practice in implementation; European policy developments and international initiatives and opportunities for collaboration between procurers in Europe. The conference will present practical tools for implementation and feature market dialogue, joint procurement, social issues and professionalisation. EcoProcura Conferences take place approximately every 3 years.

Mark Hidson, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, said: “We are delighted that these two complimentary and significant events are happening in the same year. The Procura+ Seminar provides scope for participants to go in-depth into the issues that matter to them and build capacity with their peers. EcoProcura follows this up with high level discussion and advocacy in the context of policy such as the recent European Commission communication on Making Public Procurement work in and for Europe.”

To find out more about EcoProcura, visit the EcoProcura website. To register for the Procura+ Seminar, visit the Procura+ website.
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20.11.2017 : Final PPI4Waste newsletter and roadmap for innovation published

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:16
The final newsletter of the PPI4Waste project has been released following the the final international conference of the PPI4Waste project which took place on 12 September 2017 in Brussels. The conference entitled "Feedback and opportunities for public procurement of innovation in the waste sector" gathered public procurers and suppliers committed to boost innovation in the waste sector.

A roadmap for joint or coordinated Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) in waste management was produced by the project partners is available on the project website. Amongst its conclusions, it is recommended to continue the cooperation on the topic of PPI, for example through the communities created during the project.

ICLEI's Procurement Forum will host a successor discussion group on Waste and Resources, open to public procurers, innovation experts and others, as a follow-on from the Interest Group and Purchasing Community established during the project.

Presentations and a report of the conference as well as the training, analysis and innovation resources developed during the project are available on the PPI4Waste website.
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31.10.2017 : Dutch Ministry of Defence win Procura+ Innovation award for recycled textiles

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:19
The Dutch Ministry of Defence's innovative approach to the procurement of over 160,000 textile items for its personnel using recycled content took home the 2017 Procura+ Award for Innovation Procurement of the Year. The ceremony took place as part of the Conference on Innovation Procurement which was held in the context of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union in Tallinn on 17 October.

The procurement process followed a circular policy and explored recycled content in the new textiles. The products contained at least 10% recycled post-consumer textile fibres, with two contracts awarded: one for supply of 100,000 towels and 10,000 cloths, and one for 53,000 overalls. MODNL consulted the market and challenged suppliers to source post-consumer textile fibres, with the winning bid creating estimated savings of 233,000,000 litres of water, 69,000 kg CO2 and 23 MJ of energy.

The City of Lahti (Finland) took the Runner-up prize in the Innovation category for its use of waste roof materials for road construction.

For more information on the Procura+ Awards, visit the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network website.
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8.11.2017 : Online toolbox for bio-based procurement to make buyers’ lives easier

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:13
Today the European project InnProBio launched an online toolbox for bio-based procurement in the public sector. The toolbox is designed to assist public buyers considering alternatives to plastics produced from fossil fuel based materials. The toolbox includes an online database of bio-based products and suppliers, good practice examples, procurement instruments and standard tender text blocks. The toolbox is available in English, German, Dutch and Polish.

The toolbox is meant to be a starting point for public buyers to get informed about the various bio-based products available on the market. It includes a database of products and suppliers of bio-based products. Information about the bio-based content, sustainability, functionality and end-of-life aspects such as biodegradability are also included. Claims are supported by references to standards, technical sheets, labels and certificates. Producers and suppliers of bio-based products are invited to add their products to the database.

In addition to the database, the online toolbox provides a number of instruments that can support the procurement of bio-based products: good practice examples showing how bio-based procurement is successfully implemented in practice, information on procurement instruments most relevant in bio-based procurement, and sample ‘tender text blocks’ that can be used when putting together tender documents.

Visit the InnProBio website at www.innprobio.eu or the online toolbox directly at http://tools.innprobio.eu.
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