The report, entitled "Policies and Practices for Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy Transition", focuses on how understanding of the circular economy concept has evolved in EU member states. The challenge of stimulating both top-down and bottom-up mainstreaming of eco-innovative measures, and how countries' comparative eco-innovation policies and practices are measured is explored. EU and Global eco-innovation scoreboards are used to present cross-country comparisons of circular economy and innovation measures.
Findings include an increasing prioritisation of eco-innovative policy at the national and local levels across Europe, but also that current economic indicators do not fully measure the impact of circular economy approaches.
The full report can be downloaded and more information found at eco-innovation.eu
For many cities and regions, financing a transition to renewable energy is extremely challenging, with many struggling to cover the cost using the municipal budget alone. This training will show local and regional authorities how they can try out new financing mechanisms, business models, and organisational structures and partnerships to get their sustainable energy project off the ground.
The training is open to representatives of national public authorities and energy agencies, European and national associations of local authorities, local and regional authorities and their energy agencies, financing institutions, and more. The number of participants is limited, so early registration is recommended.
For more information, visit buildup.eu
European Commission wins the International Excellence Award 2017 of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Launched in 2009, the "Geospatial World Awards" is an international award attributed by the OGC acknowledging innovations and best practices in the field of geographic information around the world. This award was given at the World Geospatial Forum held this year in Hyderabad, India, from 23 to 25 January 2017.
This award recognizes the open source platform called Structured Implementation and Information Framework for Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD SIIF).
The "UWWTD SIIF" is a generic tool that presents a country's sanitation data through charts, maps, tables, statistics, with a strong geospatial component, incorporating many automatic calculations and sorting. It facilitates access to information for all users.
The acceleration of the availability of data and the improvement of their management by using interoperability are at the heart of the project. The SIIF thus contributes to reducing the administrative burden on users by automating and simplifying visualization and public access to environmental information, in accordance with the requirements of the Directive INSPIRE 2007/2/CE and Directive 2003/4/CE.
The aim of this system is to modernize the implementation of Directive n°91/271/CEE on the treatment of Urban Waste Water, which obliges the Member States of the European Union to report data every two years.
UWWTD SIIF (dedicated to sanitation) was set up by the International Office for Water with the support of "Umweltbundesamt GmbH" (Environment Agency Austria -UBA), and under management of a French seconded national expert working for the Water Unit of the Directorate General for the Environment.
This project is part of a Framework Contract on "Water for citizens" to support the European Commission policy activities on the Bathing Water, Drinking Water and Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (ENV.C2/FRA/2016/0032) involving a large European consortium, of which OIEau is partner and UBA the leader.
This Structured Implementation and Information Framework (SIIF) was gradually enriched with new functions. In 2016 and 2017, the tool is used to support the assessment of 28 European Member States' legal compliance to the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. The final platform for each of the 28 Member States will be published and will ensure the operability of the concept.
The tool, developed using open source solutions, can be reused at different geographical scales and for various environmental topics. It offers significant development potential recognized by this Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Excellence Award.
To go further:
Website to find the award: www.geospatialworld.net/news-posts/geospatial-media-communications-announces-winners-geospatial-excellence-award.
More about the tool Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) - SIIF.
The video: youtu.be/lvmn6ZynL1I.
The first demonstration platforms:
- Generic open-source platform: uwwtd.oieau.fr
- Croatia: uwwtd.oieau.fr/croatia
- Cyprus: uwwtd.oieau.fr/cyprus
- Lithuania: uwwtd.oieau.fr/lithuania
- Poland: uwwtd.oieau.fr/poland
- Romania: uwwtd.oieau.fr/romania
- Slovenia: uwwtd.oieau.fr/slovenia
The plan additionally calls for the remaining 30 percent of plastics to be redesigned. A transitions strategy outlines how plastics design could better facilitate recycling and re-use, such as through replacing single-use plastic bags with reusable alternatives. Without a redesign, warns the report, plastics will continue to clog up land-fill sites or require incineration.
"The plan puts innovation at the heart of a strategy that could shift the entire system while unlocking a billion dollar business opportunity. Alignment along value chains and between the public and private sector is key to this," said Dominic Waughray of the World Economic Forum.
For more information, visit ellenmacarthurfoundation.org
Key conference topics include the implementation of the new procurement directives, and the anticipated impact of TTIP, CETA and Brexit on public procurement within the EU. Lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, ministry officials and other civil servants dealing with public procurement matters are invited to attend.
Speakers at the event include Marc Gabriel, Chair of the European Public Procurement Group; Patricia Anna Eyckmans, Legal Advisor for the European Medicines Agency; and Philipp Tepper, Coordinator, Sustainable Economy and Procurement, ICLEI.
For more information, visit era.int
Unmet needs in the sector include patient empowerment through telemedicine and tailored apps, extraction of data in electronic health records, and advancing clinical imaging solutions. The needs were identified by the four healthcare institutions involved in the project.
The PPI Strategy for eHealth summarises the lessons learned by the project, identifying measures needed to accelerate the development and adoption of 'market-ready' eHealth solutions. The project also launched a matchmaking tool that pairs suppliers operating in the field with those procurers that have an unmet need. It additionally allows suppliers to find partners to take part in proposal bids.
For more information, visit innovationhospitals.com
Procurers will be selected based on four criteria: concrete interest and commitment to starting a PCP or PPI project, the potential impact of the procurement, geographical balance of the cases across EU Member States, and level of experience in the implementation of innovation procurement projects.
The deadline for applications is 14 February 2017. To take part, applicants must complete an online questionnaire. The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions.
For more information and to apply, visit the eafip website.
EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. Recommendations include that public organisations increase IOPP expertise, clarify Intellectual Property Rights, and support Pre-Commercial Procurement.
The authors also call for enhanced competition in the sector, writing: "At the PCP level must enhance competition at all stages of the procurement phase, which optimises further development of the selected solution(s) through complementary expertise and learning by interaction windows within the competition framework." The document is a result of the lessons learned throughout the duration of the project.
To view the document in English and Italian, visit the project website.
All regional networks that include municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) are encouraged to join. New members will be alongside the seven European regional networks that are already working closely with the project. SPP Regions offers support with developing networks, assistance with sustainable tendering, access to specialist workshops and webinars and mentoring from existing SPP Regions Networks.
Regional networks are extremely helpful in developing a successful sustainable procurement strategy, as they allow public authorities to learn from others’ good practice. They also enable procurers to develop a regional supply base, increase influence through joint market engagement and benefit from economies of scale through joint procurement.
For more information, visit www.sppregions.eu. If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, contact: email@example.com
Upcoming training opportunities in Germany, Spain, Croatia and Sweden are also outlined. The training workshops will help to build capacity in PPI and will show how this can be applied within the municipal waste sector.
The newsletter additionally provides an overview of interesting items posted on the PPI4Waste Interest Group on the Procurement Forum, a networking space for procurers and stakeholders from around Europe. Details of upcoming tasks in the PPI4Waste project conclude the newsletter.
To view the newsletter, click here.
To come to a complete definition of the tender, an open market consultation has been launched. Information from the market is sought on solutions already available and exploitable in an innovative way in the health sector, the strengths and the weaknesses of procuring such innovative services, and the best way to implement a pay-per-performance approach.
Public procurers from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are involved in the project, which aims to use public procurement of innovation to develop innovative care models for the elderly.
For more information on taking part in the market consultation, visit http://www.uslsudest.toscana.it/ .
The training will be divided into six modules, providing an introduction to the project and identifying areas within the European waste sector where greater innovation is needed. Public procurement of innovation will also be outlined more generally, encompassing definitions, methodologies and approaches.
The German city of Frankfurt will host a training session on 31 January, focusing on how public procurers can apply innovation to their waste management activities. Further details on the session are available in the programme. Following the training, useful resources will be provided to help procurers build on the lessons learned. The PPI4Waste project aims to promote public procurement of innovation within the waste sector across Europe.
For more information, visit the PPI4Waste website.
The newsletter opens with an explanation of UrbanWINS, outlining how the project will achieve its objectives. Measures include carrying out an analysis of waste prevention and management strategies in 24 cities across six countries, and testing plans for urban waste prevention and management in pilot cities.
Newsletter highlights include an overview of the UrbanWINS kick-off meeting in Cremona (Italy), information on events attended by the UrbanWINS consortium, and details on how to become part of the UrbanWINS community. Upcoming events on the topic of waste management are also listed. The newsletter can be subscribed to on the UrbanWINS website.
To view the newsletter, click here.
The project's successes include Argos’s UK wide Gadget Trade-in Service, ProRail’s circular procurement of office furniture for the company’s new office in Utrecht (the Netherlands), and the launch of Globechain’s online re-use platform. The 30 pilot project case studies are being published on the project website, sharing successes and lessons learned. It is hoped that through these case studies businesses and organisations will be inspired to take action by adopting innovative business models and contributing to a more circular economy.
Steve Creed, Director of Business Programmes at WRAP, the lead partner on the REBus project, says: “We consume three planets worth of raw materials, which cannot continue. With increased demand and diminishing resources, poorly designed products wasted in landfill, a lack of information in the supply chain and among consumers, it is now critical that collective action is taken globally. We need to become more resource efficient and find innovative solutions to combat the global resource crisis. This is what REBus is all about, and the successful pilot projects show how this can work in practice.”
For more information, visit www.rebus.eu.com
Topics covered include carrying out a joint cross-border public procurement of innovative solutions, procuring traffic management systems, purchasing innovative lighting for hospitals, and more. The videos are introduced by Lieve Bos, Innovation Procurement Policy Officer with the European Commission’s DG CONNECT. The sixth video looks at innovative procurement carried out as part of HAPPI, a project which promoted healthy ageing.
The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions. The project runs from 2015 - 2017.
To view the videos, visit the eafip website.
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“We took a look at how we spend public money on products and services, and applied a brand new approach to how we procure them, focusing on whole life-cycle costs,” says Dr Leon. “By brigading our future spend on lighting – creating economies of scale to offer to the market – we were able to inspire potential suppliers to invest in the effort and the research required to develop technologies that are more economically advantageous for us, and more sustainable than any of the products currently installed on the TfL network.”
Dr Leon goes on to say that: "“Innovating to encourage more environmentally friendly products affects a market wider than just TfL. Because we are working with industry to design products that are greener and more cost-effective in an operational environment, that knowledge is distributed to others world-wide. We’d like to see the methodology we developed applied by public bodies to achieve savings."
To read the interview in full, click here.
By taking part in Survey 01, participants are contributing to detect the most relevant local, regional and national innovative waste prevention and management strategies, including policies, regulations and plans (also available in Romanian and Spanish). Survey 02 aims to find out more about the role, interests and commitments of different stakeholders concerning consumption and production patterns, waste prevention, and participatory mechanisms in order to involve them in the future activities of UrbanWINS. (This survey is also available in German /Austrian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish).
Expected outcomes of the project include raising awareness on the limit of resources, lowering barriers for a circular economy by understanding waste as a resource, and connecting waste prevention and management with urban environmental resilience.
For more information, visit here.
Procurers will be selected on the basis of four criteria: concrete interest and commitment to starting a PCP or PPI project, the potential impact of the procurement, geographical balance of the cases across EU Member States, and level of experience in the implementation of innovation procurement projects. To take part, applicants must complete an online questionnaire.
The deadline for applications is 14 February 2017. The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions. The project runs from 2015 - 2017.
For more information and to apply, visit the eafip website.
Under the new plan, at least 3 percent of Flemish public procurement expenditure will be dedicated to innovation procurement. A fund of 5 million euro will be allocated to provide financial support to Flemish public procurers to engage in innovation procurement.
An integrated model has been proposed by IWT, the Flemish innovation agency, one that covers the entire procurement journey, starting from political ambitions and ending with the final commercial procurement. On a longer term basis, the plan aims to encourage Brussels public procurers to integrate innovation into their procurements and to create cooperation between innovation procurement projects at Belgian and European level.
For more information, download the action plan .