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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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26.6.2018 : EcoProcura 2018 breakout sessions - procurement's hottest topics

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:13

The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has confirmed the breakout sessions of its programme from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).


The breakout sessions will be covering the hottest topics in procurement, such as how to inspire people to procure more innovatively, how to dig deeper into supply chain issues, and how to support communities - both local and global - through socially responsible purchasing. Big categories like construction, energy, food and mobility will also be targeted i.e. those sectors with massive environmental impacts, as well as massive potential for transformation through public procurement.


EcoProcura 2018 marks 20 years of the conference series and will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.


 For more information about the conference, and to register before 31 August in order to avoid the late fee, click here.

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20.6.2018 : Buyers and suppliers to engage on socially responsible ICT

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:11

Public authorities and businesses from across Europe will engage on procurement needs and solutions for social responsibility and transparency in information and communication technology (ICT) supply chains. This live market engagement event is taking place on 3 October in 2018 European Green Capital Nijmegen (the Netherlands), alongside the 2018 EcoProcura conference.


Public authorities will inform suppliers of their socially responsible procurement needs and upcoming procurement plans for ICT, which includes large contracts for smartphones, laptops and PCs, and servers. Opportunity will be provided for suppliers to showcase solutions and initiatives that increase the social, ethical and environmental sustainability of their supply chains. The dialogue will help inform the design of procurements and contracts, and lead to suppliers submitting stronger bids.


The event is taking place as part of the Make ICT Fair project, which aims to improve the lives of workers and communities associated with ICT supply chains, particularly in the Global South.


For more information please consult the invitation letter and draft programme here.


Participation is free of charge, but registration is necessary to ensure a place. In order to register, please fill in the form here.

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14.6.2018 : Cities should demand zero emission construction sites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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