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21.2.2019 : New InnoBrokers to connect procurers to innovative suppliers

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:45

Innovation Procurement Brokers (or InnoBrokers for short) is an exciting new project which aims to facilitate the procurement of innovative goods and services by strengthening the links between public buyers on the demand side and innovative companies on the supply side.


The public sector is a powerful market actor. It can trigger the demand for innovative solutions that do not exist yet, and that afterwards will be available for the whole market. InnoBrokers will support public buyers to identify their needs and, once ready, connect the, with SMEs and start-ups able to develop innovative solutions responding to their requirements.


A total of five procurement innovation broker schemes will be piloted in the Upper Austria Region, Denmark, North Rhine Westfalia (Germany), Ireland and Andalusia (Spain), then scaled up to a European level.


If you are interested in boosting your innovation potential, why not explore a collaboration with InnoBrokers! To learn more, download the InnoBrokers leaflet, or contact the InnoBrokers team.

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13.2.2019 : Guidance on Innovation Procurement now available in all EU languages

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:42

The European Commission's DG Grow has published its guidance on innovative public procurement in all EU languages.


The Guidance on Innovation Procurement focuses on the fundamental aspects of  innovation procurement - why it is important, who should be interested, and most importantly, how it can be done - and shows how different procurement procedures can be used to find innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges.


The guide includes good practice examples, and aims to help public procurers with a range of practical issues and innovation procurement mechanisms, including competitive dialogue, design contests, and pre-commercial procurement (PCP).


The Guide was first published in May 2018, and can be accessed in all languages here.

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7.2.2019 : Further €56m EU funding to support innovation procurement projects

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 17:13

The European Union  is currently accepting proposals for projects in the innovation procurement area.


In total, €56m is available, including an open call for funding which offers 90% co-financing for pre-commercial procurements (PCPs) of ICT solutions (€6m), a health care call offering 30% co-financing for procuring digital innovative solutions for an aging society (€10m) and 90% co-financing for PCPs of next generation sequencing for routine diagnostics (€40m.


Horizon 2020 - one of Europe's largest ever funding programmes - aims to encourage research and innovation activities in Europe, for the development of smart, sustainable solutions to key societal challenges.


For more information on current calls and deadlines, visit the European Commission's website.

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29.1.2019 : Back on track - new EU GPP criteria for Road Transport

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:47

The European Commission has just published new voluntary EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for Road Transport. The use of these criteria has the potential to considerably reduce environmental impacts from road transport as the criteria are designed to make it easier for public authorities to purchase goods, services and works through tender processes that for instance require:



• criteria on type-approval CO2 emissions for cars and light commercial vehicles, and specific technologies for heavy-duty vehicles and L-category vehicles;
• criteria for energy efficiency for electric cars and light commercial vehicles;
• criteria on battery warranties;
• criteria on vehicle and tyres noise emissions;
• key competencies and the application of key environmental management measures and practices from service providers;
• adequate and frequent training for the staff of service providers.

The new framework distinguishes between ‘Core’ and ‘Comprehensive’ criteria, making GPP more accessible for public authorities operating in different procurement contexts. Core criteria which allow for easy application of GPP, focusing on the key area (s) of environmental performance of a product and aimed at keeping administrative costs for companies to a minimum. Comprehensive criteria which take into account or higher levels of environmental performance, for use by authorities that want to go further in supporting environmental and innovation goals.


Read the full document here.


Learn more about EU GPP Criteria here.

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22.1.2019 : Innovation Procurement in Austria – 6 questions to PPPI Service Centre

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 15:38

The Procure2Innovate (P2I) project will improve institutional support for public procurers by setting up new competence centres for innovation procurement and supporting existing ones in 10 European Union countries. One of them is the PPPI Service Center Austria, which offers innovative Austrian companies to discuss questions about innovation and sustainable public procurement and to connect with the right contact person within their network. PPPI stands for Public Procurement Promoting Innovation.


 In a recent interview, the PPPI Service Centre commented on the role of innovation procurement in Austria: “Innovation in Public Procurement can contribute to the following: higher R&D rates, bigger growth rate, more jobs, better competitiveness and prosperity”. These potential advantages demonstrate “that innovation in public procurement can be justified at every level and in every area, as long as there is a corresponding need”, says the PPPI Service Centre team.


Looking back at the development of PPPI in Austria, the team says “after the adoption of the Action Plan on PPPI by the Austrian Federal Government in 2012, consistent work regarding the PPPI setting and its development in the years 2013 and 2014 followed, creating the basis for the established and well-functioning PPPI service network”.


The Procure2Innovate Network “… gives a good opportunity to facilitate networking, knowledge sharing, collaboration and best practice exchange on innovation procurement.”


Read the full interview here.

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15.1.2019 : Binhai wins Chinese Public Procurement Award

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:28

Tianjin Binhai New District won the 2018 China Government Procurement Award for innovation in green procurement. The Award recognizes their green furniture procurement evaluation system, which helps to assess and weigh environmental performance of bidding products on a large scale with full life cycle perspective.


In 2017, the Binhai Government Procurement Center pledged to advance green public procurement (GPP) by establishing a local green evaluation system. To this end, the Binhai Government Procurement Center joined the 10YFP SPP Working Group 1A “GPP Implementation and Impact Monitoring” as one of the East Asian pilot local governments - along with Suwon (Korea), Guiyang, Shenzhen Guangming District, Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone, and Tianjin Jizhou District (China).


Under the project, ICLEI East Asia worked closely with the Binhai Government Procurement Center and domestic partners, and identified the furniture sector as the entry point to pilot the green procurement evaluation scheme. ICLEI East Asia helped formulate a set of specifications, award criteria, and verification methods covering phases of raw materials extraction, design, manufacturing, assembling, transport, and end of life treatment. In June 2018, the Binhai Government Procurement Center applied the criteria to two tenders of procuring 6,160 sets of school desks and chairs for public campuses. From 2019 onwards, the district of Binhai is looking into issuing a local document to accelerate the adoption throughout the district.

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14.1.2019 : Become Part of the Team: Vacancy at ICLEI

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:14

The Sustainable Economy and Procurement team at ICLEI is looking to fill the position of Officer Sustainable Economy and Procurement at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany).


ICLEI Sustainable Economy and Procurement team has been working on the topic of sustainable, strategic and innovation procurement for 22 years. In more recent years the team are also working on the topic of financing and sustainable local economies. The team support public authorities in implementation activities, spreading awareness of the concepts, developing new approaches, capacity building and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.


This role has a topical focus on financing sustainable urban development and infrastructure. The new officer will be involved in the identification and delivery of a range of European projects. Working language is English and deadline for applications is January 19. The description of the position and information on how to apply can be found on the ICLEI jobs page.


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


We are looking forward to your applications!

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8.1.2019 : What is next for Sustainable and Innovation Procurement?

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 15:52

The new year of 2019 brings new projects and new opportunities for sustainable public procurement (SPP).


The circular economy is a key topic dominating the sustainability debate for years now. Public procurement has an important role to play in the transition toward more circularity. Ambitious local authorities are taking on the challenge to make their procurement more circular and 2019 will see the first results of their endeavours. To learn more about what communities are doing to implement a more circular economy check out the projects CircularPP as well as UrbanWINS  - and more projects coming up soon.


Social procurement goes beyond fair contracts for service providers. Ethical and fair trade needs to be assured along the entire supply chain. Implementing and monitoring fair supply chains and creating a commitment from all stakeholders is an important task for 2019. The Make ICT Fair project leads the way by involving local authorities in creating fair trade along the ICT supply chain.


More and more public authorities are seizing the opportunity to spark innovation through public tenders. Innovative products and services are the results of these. And cooperation among the public bodies is essential – it allows to implement good practice at a large scale and send a powerful sign to the market for more innovation. Procure2Innovate and InnoBroker are two projects that show how Europe-wide cooperation among purchasing bodies can lead to innovation.


Sustainable and innovation procurement stretch beyond European borders. ICLEI offices globally have been working hard to support SPP and 2019 has promising global cooperation on the horizon. The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement – a network among leading cities in SPP - is developing a new and ambitious programme for the coming period.


The  Procura+ Awards 2019 reward outstanding sustainable and innovation procurement initiatives. Apply now and let your colleagues know about this opportunity.


For the New Year of 2019, we wish you all success with your sustainable, innovative, circular and strategic tenders. If you want to keep up to date with our work and key developments in sustainable and innovation procurement in 2019, subscribe to our newsletter here.




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27.12.2018 : Resource Centre – your go-to online library for all things Procurement

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:53

Want to learn more about green procurement? Eager to find a case study on sustainable food procurement? Curious about how the City of Rotterdam purchased charging stations for electric vehicles applying a joint procurement process? Need guidance on how to navigate procurement criteria on social responsibility?


Find the answers to those questions and more in our Resource Centre. With 850+ resources online it offers a wealth of knowledge in the field of public procurement. Browse through the reports, tools & guidance, case studies or projects. You can use the filter to search for instance for a specific topic or country.


We update the Resource Centre on a regular basis, making sure that you have access to the latest knowledge generated to advance sustainable, circular, strategic and innovation procurement worldwide.


Something missing? We are always looking for relevant resources to add to the Centre, please contact us at procurement@iclei.org if you have any suggestion.


Get started here!

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12.12.2018 : 3, 2, 1… Application to the Procura+ Awards 2019 is now open

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:09

Public authorities can now submit their candidacies to the 2019 edition of the Procura+ Awards, a major and prestigious recognition of procurements and related initiatives with remarkable economic, environmental and social impacts, or innovation elements. The Procura+ Awards is an initiative of ICLEI, in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project. The application period is open until 31st March.


The awarded public authorities will receive a trophy and have the right to promote themselves with the award title. The rewarded procurement activities will be widely promoted using a wide variety of ICLEI publications and channels. Furthermore, a case study on it will be produced and disseminated in the SP Platform and the PPI Platform. Winners will be granted a free entry and a presentation slot at the next conference organised by ICLEI.


Participants in previous editions have highlighted that participating in the Procura+ Award helped them to benchmark themselves and to gain visibility. For winners, it was a good way to prove their commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as to earn internal and external recognition. Watch the video of the 2018 Award Ceremony:



There are three categories of the Procura+ Award: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year. The winners of the last edition were the Government of Flanders (Belgium), for its framework contract for sustainable office supplies; the City of Rotterdam (Netherlands), for making the city accessible for citizens with special mobility needs, and the City of Barcelona, for implementing a city-wide compulsory sustainable procurement.


For more information on the 2019 Awards, and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website.

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6.12.2018 : Catalan Regional Tender Results in Low Emission Vehicle Fleet

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 17:45

“Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone.” This is the main finding of a WHO report released this week at the occasion of the COP24 currently taking place in Katowice (Poland). One of the most dangerous and costly public health threats, air pollution in urban areas is one of the top policy priorities in the EU and worldwide.


Cities themselves can be part of the solution by purchasing low emission vehicles. Only a year ago the fleet for service and police vehicles of the Catalan Association of Towns and Counties consisted of 95% diesel vehicles, which contribute significantly to poor air quality. Thanks to a new framework agreement awarded in 2018, 308 new vehicles were purchased, over 80% of which are low or zero emission vehicles.


The call for tender for the new framework contract was developed as part of the European project SPP regions, which promoted the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and procurement of innovation. Collaboration among the public bodies sends a stronger signal of demand for sustainability to suppliers and help local authorities achieve ambitious sustainability targets.


Read the full case study here.


More inspiring examples of how public procurement can promote health and air quality can be found in our Resource Centre.

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4.12.2018 : At the cross-roads: take the right turn towards electric buses

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 17:10

This week, all eyes are on Katowice (Poland) and the Climate Change Conference COP24, where countries have to agree on how they will achieve the the goal of minimizing climate change to less than 2°C warming, decided three years earlier at COP21 in Paris. In his opening address Antonio Guterres (UN Secretary-General) highlights which steps need to be taken immediately to get closer to reaching this goal – one of them is the electrification of transport, which accounts for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to dangerously poor air quality in cities.


A new report titled “Electric buses arrive on time“ (Transport & Environment), examines the transition towards sustainable, low carbon transport through public procurement. It maps out the shift from diesel powered to electric busses in Europe. “In 2017, the number of electric bus orders more than doubled - from 400 in 2016 to more than 1,000. In 2018, the market share is estimated to be around 9%, marking the transition from niche to mainstream and the beginning of a steep and necessary uptake curve.”


Electric buses already offer a better total cost of ownership (TCO) than diesel buses when external (public health) costs are included. Beyond costs, electric buses offer many additional benefits compared to their fossil fueled counterparts: superior image and comfort, no stranded assets from investing in gas infrastructure, using locally produced (renewable) energy and ensuring energy sovereignty by replacing oil consumption.


The earlier cities transition to a zero emission bus fleet, the better.


However, there are challenges to implementation, for instance coping with the higher capital costs of zero-emissions buses. Lucien Mathieu, author of the report and transport and e-mobility analyst at T&E, has a solution for that, too: “a grant could be made available through the new EU budget from 2020. This should be complemented by a Europe-wide zero emission sales target for new buses.”(Euroactiv)


For inspirational examples of zero emission public procurement, visits the website of ICLEI led European project BuyZET, in which cities use procurement of innovative solutions for zero emission urban delivery of goods and services.


For more case studies on the topic of clean urban transport, head over to our resource centre.

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26.11.2018 : Circular Procurement - taking a bold step for sustainability

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:09

A recently published report titled ‘Building circularity into our economies through sustainable procurement’, (UNEP) explores how to integrate circular economy in public procurement. The report highlights the power of institutional purchasing and advocates for circular procurement as a tool that advances the sustainability goals.


The report outlines two pillars of implementing circular public procurement and provides guidance for public authorities on how to put them into action: 


Pillar 1 - Promoting circular supply chains by procuring more circular products, materials and services - such as using circular procurement criteria in tender specifications.


Pillar 2 - Promoting new business models based on innovative and resource-efficient solutions - such as adopting supplier take-back systems


These strategies need to be enabled by cooperating with other organizations or new legal instruments that favour circularity in value-chains. For purchasing units wishing to get started, the report provides lessons such as ‘start with easy wins’ or ‘engage suppliers at an early stage’.


Additional powerful drivers to advance the inclusion of circularity in procurement practices are setting ambitious targets - as cities around the world did as part of the Global Leads City Network on Sustainable Public Procurement (GLCN), as well as knowledge sharing and actively contributing to international initiatives such as Procura+.


The report draws from previous work by, among others, the EU and ICLEI, showing that circular public procurement is already applied by forward thinking public bodies. There are many good practice cases to learn from, which you can explore in our Resource Centre


Read the full report here.

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21.11.2018 : Wanted: Your Feedback on Benchmarking Innovation Procurement

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:23

The draft results are out of the Benchmarking of National Policy Frameworks for innovation procurement across the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland.


The benchmarking exercise is led by the European Commission following recommendations from the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) to create an EU-wide measurement framework for innovation procurement, and an EU knowledge sharing service to exchange experiences. The exercise is done across all 28 European Member States plus Norway and Switzerland with expenditure measurement across different sectors of public interest (e.g. health, transport, security etc.) and strategic expenditure categories, such as ICT, that fuel public sector modernization. 


The next step needs support from the procurement community and interested stakeholders: Any comments on the country profiles? Good practice examples you want to share? Provide your comments on the Country Profiles and share any good practice examples via the online consultation - by 15 January 2019.

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15.11.2018 : Did you know: We have only one Planet Earth

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:02

“We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and the enormous impact we have on it. We may also be the last that can act to reverse this trend. From now until 2020 will be a decisive moment in history” – concludes the Living Planet Report 2018, recently published by WWF. The report shows the devastating environmental consequences of our way of production and consumption for biodiversity. For instance, almost 20% of the Amazon has disappeared in just 50 years.


The report emphasizes that biodiversity loss is not only unfortunate in and of its own, but it risks the very foundation of human prosperity: “As we better understand our reliance on natural systems it’s clear that nature is not just a ‘nice to have’.” Healthy ecosystems offer services worth about US$125 trillion a year that enable us as human species to thrive.


The report highlights that “Consumption is the driving force behind the unprecedented planetary change we are witnessing, through the increased demand for energy, land and water”. Thus, procuring products, goods and services sustainably across sectors and along supply chains is a significant part of the solution to re-design how humans can thrive within capacities of the Earth’s ecosystems.


For a shift in processes, practices and structures, concepts such as circular procurement or sustainable public procurement (SPP) are necessary and already applied by forward thinking public authorities. To learn how your procurement department can make a change have a look at our Resource Centre.


If you want to get involved in this important transition, consider becoming a Procura+ member, joining a network of European public authorities and regions that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.


Read the full report, the summary and get to know more on how to take action.

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9.11.2018 : European parliament adopts regulation banning single use plastics

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:18

The EU Parliament approved an EU wide ban of several single-use plastic items by 2021 and adopted strict recycling regulation over other plastics such as beverage bottles, food containers at rates of up to 90% by 2025. This ban is a significant contribution tackling plastic pollution in the environment. Single-use items included in the ban such as cutlery, straws or cotton buds make up over 70% of marine litter. The intention behind banning the items is “…to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage attributed to plastic pollution in Europe, estimated at 22 billion euros by 2030.” says Frédérique Ries (MEP ALDE, Belgium).


The single use plastic items covered by this regulation were selected since there are sustainable alternative readily available. However, this ban could have implications on how public procurement is handling catering and event management as these often rely heavily on reusable cutlery. Procurement will need to consider alternatives such as reusable cutlery and dishes, which come with a different set of service requirements. 


As part of the ICLEI project InnProBio the Swedish region Skane has set a cutting-edge example for how public procurement can tackle the issue of plastic pollution. Through innovation procurement the region has managed to introduce a new product in all regional hospitals: Their disposable aprons are now made from a newly developed biobased material that meets high performance and sustainability criteria. Learn more about the procurement procedure, results and lessons learned, here.  


For more information on the EU single use plastic ban go here
 


 

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