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16.10.2018 : Procure2Innovate Network Officially Launched in the Netherlands

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:52

The European Union’s innovation agenda was given a boost at this year’s EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) with the official launch of a new initiative funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


Procure2Innovate is an ambitious four-year project that aims to create a lasting European network of expertise in innovation procurement. The network is formed by “competence centres” in more than 10 European countries – centres from which experts provide advice and key services to public procurers nationwide looking to purchase innovative services and products. These could be in such areas as ICT and healthcare.


Public procurement accounts for about 14 per cent of GDP in the European Union and offers an enormous potential market for innovative products and services. This is especially the case for small- and medium-sized enterprises (or SMEs) for which the EU is particularly keen to create access to new customers.


To learn more about the project, visit the Procure2Innovate website.

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4.10.2018 : EcoProcura highlights need to inspire more innovation procurement

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 11:09

The challenges of our times require new ways of doing things - new products and new services which meet our social and economic needs, but within environmental boundaries. Public procurement can play a big role in shaping future markets through innovation procurement, but before we can change procurement processes, it is necessary to change mindsets. That’s why, this year’s EcoProcura set out to inspire and motivate more procurers to grasp all the opportunities already available to do innovation procurement.


In addition to plenary speakers discussing how best to empower people through cultural and behaviour change, the conference also marked the official launch of the new Procure2Innovate network, which aims to improve the institutional support available for public procurers by enhancing existing and establishing new competence centres in innovation procurement across Europe. DG Connect also presented €250 million worth of funding for innovation procurement expected over the next two years through the Horizon 2020 programme, and several cities and stakeholders led market lounge tables, where they shared their own experiences of using innovation procurement for more sustainable, circular and strategic results.


A dedicated breakout session was also held, examining all the factors likely to influence which approach to innovation procurement is most appropriate in different situations, and how to embed these in your organisation. Five experts brought perspectives on a range of issues, including inputs from DG Grow, KOINNO (German competence centre for innovation procurement), and the National Agency for Public procurement (Sweden).


For more information, visit the EcoProcura newsroom.


 


 

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3.10.2018 : Bertrand Piccard challenges procurers to buy better

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 20:43

This year’s Ecoprocura conference in Nijmegen is exploring how governments can step up the game and do more to implement the solutions that are already available to environmental and social problems.


Dr. Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Solar Impulse - the solar airplane which flew around the world - kicked off the day with a powerful call to action. We are living with past technologies - combustion engines, badly insulated homes, incandescent bulbs. But “the challenge is not technology, it’s psychology” - procurers need to change mindsets and become change makers!  


Dr. Piccard was followed by a number of speakers, from cities such as Nijmegen, Ghent, Barcelona, as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, who shared stories of their own bold actions to encourage greater sustainability and innovation through procurement. A range of actionable insights in specific sectors was also discussed through a range of breakout sessions.


For more on the EcoProcura conference, visit the conference news corner here.


 

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27.9.2018 : An action agenda for the circular city

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 17:44

A new report published by Circl Economy, TNO and the City of Amsterdam, presents ‘a vision and action agenda for the city’ taking the city of Amsterdam as example.


The report zooms in on two key areas in which the city has direct impact: The construction value chain and organic waste. It presents set of action points for both of these areas that help to establish a circular production and consumption model on the city level.


Innovation procurement processes, which are challenging the market to for example redesign existing buildings or develop new products from used materials are a key tool for public authorities in this regard. The report highlights the importance of innovation in the soil, road, and construction sector – a sector that thus far has not achieved much attention in terms of circular development but which bears great potential due to large volumes as well the direct influence that many local governments can exert in this regard – through regulation as well as circular procurement.   


Further information on circular procurement can also be found in this guide, published by the European Commission and authored by ICLEI. For more information about Circular Amsterdam click here.

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18.9.2018 : Webinar series on innovation procurement in learning technology

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:43

A webinar series on innovation procurement is about to begin, hosted by the LEA - Learning Technology Accelerator project as part of its goal to accelerate knowledge transfer, dialog and awareness raising of innovation procurement within the learning technology sector.


These webinars - which will take place every second Wednesday in Autumn - will cover topics such as innovation procurement instruments; what is currently available on in the learning technology market; and how to apply for additional funding for innovation procurement.


The first webinar topic  - "What is innovative procurement - PPI & PCP" - will take place on Wednesday the 19th September at 10.30 am CET.


Join the webinar here, or sign up as a LEA Follower to continue to receive information on future webinars as well as access free support and guidance on innovation procurement.  

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11.9.2018 : Procura+ Awards finalists announced

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 17:00

The countdown to the 2018 Procura+ Awards ceremony has started, with six public authorities through to the final. Winners will be unveiled at the EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The six finalists have emerged from a strong field of 23 entries across three contest categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year.


The City of Aalborg and Government of Flanders will contest for Sustainable Procurement of the Year. These municipalities have impressed with procurement of circular school furniture for a healthy learning environment and a supply chain influencing procurement of sustainable office supplies, respectively.


For Innovation Procurement of the Year, the cities of Cork and Rotterdam will be in competition with each other. Procurement of sustainable and affordable housing through Competitive Dialogue in Cork and innovative transport solutions for special mobility needs in Rotterdam have taken the two cities to the final.


Finally, the Procurement Initiative of the Year will be chosen from Barcelona City Council and Transport for London. Barcelona introduced city-wide compulsory sustainable procurement, whilst Transport for London successfully implemented a supplier skills programme.


This year’s jury, chaired by Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Procurement Centre, was further comprised of high-level representatives with vast experience in procurement practice and policy making.


For more information on the 2018 awards, visit the Procura+ website.

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6.9.2018 : New sorting centre tackles pressing issues in textile recycling

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:57

The textile industry is constantly growing and with it a range of adverse environmental and human rights impacts. According to recent estimates, the total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production, are at 1.2 billion tonnes annually which are more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.


Circulus Berkel, the public waste management company that serves eight municipalities with around 440,000 inhabitants in the Dutch Province Gelderland has recently launched a new textile sorting centre that aims to tackle these issues. The centre’s operation is set up to ensure transparency in the textile chain and high rates of recycling, and creates job opportunities for socially disadvantaged citizens.


In an interview with ICLEI Europe, Michiel Westerhoff, manager of Circulus Berkel, underlined that an intensive market engagement process during the tendering procedure as well as broad political support for sustainability focused procurement was the key in achieving this.


You can find the full interview on Sector Watch. For more information about Circulus Berkel, click here.

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28.8.2018 : EU Commission helps five EU regions maximise impact of public procurement

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 16:45

As part of the European Union’s Public Procurement Action Plan, the Commission, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will support five European regions in using more innovative public procurement procedures. Hereby the EU wants to “… maximise the impact of public procurement in terms of social objectives, innovation and sustainability.”


Making use of the EU recommendations on the professionalisation of public procurement the Commission will support the City of Athens (Greece) with the procurement of more environmentally-friendly public transport vehicles and Puglia Region (Italy) which is planning to purchase new technologies and innovative administrative services in water management. In addition, the Commission also supports the Coordination and Development Commission in Portugal’s Centro Region, the Greek regions of Central Greece and Eastern Macedonia, and Thrace.


The targeted procurement procedures all relate to projects that are co-financed by the EU. To learn more about the innovation procurement support, click here. For information about the EU Action Plan on Public Procurement, click here.

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21.8.2018 : EcoProcura 2018 to collaborate with Green Electronics Council

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 14:28

EcoProcura 2018 is proud to announce that it will collaborate with the Green Electronics Council (GEC) on its 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement, which is taking place 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).


The GEC is a mission driven non-profit that seeks to achieve a world in which only sustainable IT products are designed, manufactured, and purchased. GEC is also the manager of EPEAT, the leading global type 1 ecolabel for IT products used by public and private sector purchasers in over 43 countries.


During the conference, the Green Electronics Council will host two separate Market Lounge sessions – the first session, which will take place on Thursday 4 October, 11:10-12:50, will explain the GEC initiative, share what sustainability data procurement teams should elicit from Cloud-Service providers, and how to use that data for accounting for sustainability gains for their organisation.


The second session, which will take place on Friday 5 October, 10:50-12:20, will explain new characteristics of the EPEAT eco-label product categories, outline specific SDGs, targets, and indicators that EPEAT products support, and the ways in which impacts can be codified and quantified.


For more information about EcoProcura and to register, click here.

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14.8.2018 : Nijmegen to use Rapid Circular Contracting to renew street

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:51

The 2018 Green Capital of Europe Nijmegen (The Netherlands) wants to catalyse sustainable and circular development through procurement. For the renovation of the street Malderburchtstraat the city went for a “Rapid Circular Contracting” (RCC) tender, challenging the civil engineering sector to develop innovative circular solutions to a regular street renovation.


RCC was developed by the Dutch Foundation for the Circular Economy as a way to stimulate innovative circular solutions through procurement. It allows innovative market parties to develop concepts that fall outside of conventional approaches while striving toward circular ambitions that have been defined in the tender.


In essence, Nijmegen does not award the contract based on a previously developed plan, instead the winning party is selected based on its vision and ambition in the circular economy. The final product will be developed in close collaboration with the city authorities after the contract has been awarded.


For more information on RCC, click here (in Dutch). To find out more about Nijmegen’s procurement trajectory, click here.


The City of Nijmegen is also host of this year’s EcoProcura conference (3 -5 October).

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7.8.2018 : CEPPI cities launch Market Sounding Prospectuses

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 18:03

As part of the CEPPI (Coordinated energy-related PPIs actions for cities) project, the two cities Valencia and Castelló (Spain) have been engaging with suppliers to communicate their needs and encourage the market to offer innovative solutions when tendering for upcoming procurement opportunities. Valencia City Council launched its first public procurement of innovation process, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the Central Fire Station, whilst the City Council of Castelló conducted market sounding for the innovative transformation of city schools to achieve energy efficiency, enhanced learning environment and improvement of the buildings.


Both actions are taking place as part of the CEPPI project, in which, together with other European cities, public procurement of innovation in public administration for energy saving and wider outcomes is promoted.The objective of the activities is among others to save at least 33GWh/year as a result of the project.


To learn more about CEPPI, click here. For more information about the market sounding prospectuses, click here.

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26.7.2018 : LEA project offers support for innovation procurement

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:02

Digital technology has revolutionised most parts of our life, but not everywhere has managed to embrace its full potential - in particular, the traditional learning environment of schools.


That's why the LEA project was created - to build experience and examples of how public procurement of innovative new solutions can accelerate learning technology development and improve the learning outcomes of students.


Procurers, suppliers, learn tech experts and schools are invited to become LEA Followers in order to: gain knowledge about how you can benefit from innovation procurement; access free support to participate in innovation procurement calls and get guidance on funding opportunities; and network with other organisations to exchange ideas, find collaborations and share and learn from each other.


To find out more about becoming a LEA Follower, please see the LEA website here.  

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24.7.2018 : 12 Candiates in the Running for Procura+ Awards

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 17:35

The scene is set for the 2018 Procura+ Awards, with 12 candidates now through to the next round of selection in the run up to the EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where the winners will be unveiled.


The 12 candidates have been selected from a strong field of two dozen entries in three contest categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year. With four nominees for each category, the scene is set for a close contest.


This year’s jury is comprised of high-level representatives with vast experience in procurement practice and policy making. Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö and Procura+ Network Chair, Janos Bertok, Head of the Public Sector Integrity Division at the OECD, and Marzena Rogalska, Acting Director of the European Commission’s DG Grow are all taking part in the judging process.


Commenting on the record number of entries for this year’s awards, Procura+ Award Jury Chair and Global Director of ICLEI’s Procurement Centre Mark Hidson said: “We were incredibly impressed by the quality of all applications this year. All of the entries reflected the great strides that public authorities across Europe are making in sustainable, circular, strategic and innovation procurement."


For more information on the 2018 awards, visit the Procura+ website.

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17.7.2018 : EcoProcura 2018: Keynote Speakers and Market Lounge tables confirmed

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:25

The EcoProcura 2018 conference on strategic, sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has confirmed its keynote speakers and over 50 Market Lounge tables. Speakers include representatives of the European Commission, mayors of leading cities, business leaders and some of the brightest inspirational thought leaders, among which Bertrand Piccard, the initiator behind Solar Impluse - the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy .


The Market Lounge tables, each hosted by pioneering practitioners, are an opportunity for participants to engage in personal conversation with experts and other experienced procurers, and learn about circular procurement in practice, sustainability of supply chains, developing approaches to innovation, putting procurement policy into practice, and many more essential procurement skills.


EcoProcura 2018 marks 20 years of the conference series and is an unmissable opportunity to meet with other procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.


For more information about the conference and registration, click here. A list of confirmed plenary speakers can be found here. The full programme, including breakout session speakers and Market Lounge hosts can be found here.

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12.7.2018 : Public procurement in EU cities - Have your say until July 22

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 16:48

The Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement Partnership is looking for your feedback. Until 22 July individuals and organisations have the opportunity to provide input on the Partnership’s work so far. 


The Partnership focuses on three thematic areas: procurement strategy and how to manage strategic procurement, building high potential procurer-market relationships, and legal guidance in the field of innovative and sustainable procurement, for which it put forward a Draft Action Plan on tackling bottlenecks and creating opportunities. The consultation, closing on 22 July, is a unique opportunity for the public to contribute to the Draft Action Plan.


The Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement Partnership is one of 12 partnerships within the Urban Agenda for the EU – an initiative to build partnerships between Member States, cities, the European Commission and other stakeholders to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe.


For more information on the public consultation click here. More information the Urban agenda for the EU can be found here.

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10.7.2018 : Committee of the Regions Opinion on EU Public Procurement Strategy

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:06

In a plenary session last Thursday, the Committee of the Regions (CoR), representing regional authorities in Europe, adopted an opinion on the EU Public Procurement Strategy.


The committee supports the important role that strategic public procurement can play in addressing major challenges such as climate change, and in promoting digitalization, innovation, and social inclusion. It also noted the challenges linked to implementing the strategy on a local level, including the lack of capacity and resources in public authorities to overcome bureaucratic hurdles while harnessing the benefits of strategic public spending.


To overcome these challenges, the CoR highlighted the role of the Commission in providing further support to local procurement stakeholders and facilitating knowledge exchange on the professionalisation of public procurement practices toward effective strategic procurement.


Strategic procurement is also a focus of this year’s EcoProcura conference, 3 – 5 October in Nijmegen. High-profile presenters and panellists from the European Commission and public authorities will discuss how procurement has evolved as a tool for achieving strategic objectives, and practical sessions will also provide participants with opportunities to build capacity in strategic, sustainable, circular and innovation procurement.


To see the full statement from the CoR, please click here. For more information on EcoProcura, visit the website here.

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5.7.2018 : 2018 TA award: Only one month left to win €10,000 to fund your next procurement action

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 13:24

With only one month left before applications close, don’t miss your chance to win €10,000 to help initiate your next sustainable and innovative procurement action with the 2018 Transformative Action Award.


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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3.7.2018 : Products-as-a-service will help transition to a circular ICT sector

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 15:40

A new report on "The Circular Phone" has been published, highlighting legal, operational and financial solutions - including strategic procurement - which can help unlock the potential of 'product as a service' models in the ICT sector.


'Product as a service' models are a key solution to achieving more circular value chains. They offer users of ICT services the option to pay for the use of their mobile phones while producers retain ownership of the product itself, thereby encouraging the delivery of high-quality, reusable and recyclable products.


The report, published by Circle Economy and the Sustainable Finance Lab, highlights Fairphone as a market leader in circular smart phone production due to its modular and repairable design, and fair and ethical sourcing. By 'closing the loop' and offering products as a service, companies like Fairphone can further decrease their environmental impact while offering improved performance to users.


The report concludes that amongst other solutions, strategic procurement of service contracts for ICT products could help overcome barriers and support innovative new business models. It underlines the importance of purchaser – supplier engagement and collaboration to make this model a success, as well as provides a template circular service contract.


For more information on ICT as a service models read the full report here.

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