13.6.2017 : GPP networking group launched at Catalan eco-innovation event

ICLEI - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 17:23
The Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group was launched last month by the Catalan Government to promote more responsible and strategic procurement practices in the region. Announced during the third capacity-building event on Sustainable and eco-Innovative Public Procurement, the networking group will encourage coordination, exchange and collective action involving leading authorities to promote and implement green public procurement in Catalonia.

Sustainable and innovative procurement practice was presented at the event on 18 May by six public authorities, including the Catalan Government, Barcelona City Council, municipalities of Barcelona region, the Catalan Association of Towns and Counties, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Catalan Institute for Energy. Examples of recent experiences included sustainability criteria, market engagement and introducing circular procurement across lighting, biomass, electric vehicles and other product categories.

Eco-innovative approaches to a range of services were also discussed, including security, cleaning and communications.

For more information about the Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group, contact Bettina Schaefer.
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8.6.2017 : Report on uptake of PPI approaches in the waste sector published

ICLEI - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:19
The PPI4Waste project has published a report on uptake of PPI approaches in the waste sector, based on lessons learned through the 3-year project's activities. The report highlights several recommendations for policy-makers on procurement of innovation in the waste sector, and explores the its application to specific areas such as bulky waste, plastic separation and bio-waste.

The PPI4Waste project involves eight partners and explores mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector. The project also produced training materials, established online communities and coordinated workshops for waste sector procurers.

Case studies from the Netherlands, Ireland, the UK and Italy demonstrate the project's activities and present examples of best practice. Policy recommendations include addressing approaches to market engagement and capacity building for public authorities, development of fora and local partnerships in waste and innovation procurement, and exploration of new business models and their relevance for the Circular Economy agenda.

For more information and to download the report, visit the PPI4Waste website.
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9.6.2017 : New EU GPP criteria for textiles issued

ICLEI - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 13:48
The European Commission has published new GPP criteria for textiles products and services, updating criteria issued in 2012. The new criteria, which will be translated into all official languages in the coming months, are aimed at significantly reducing the environmental impact of textiles, and primarily address identified public spend categories in uniforms for military, health and emergency services.

Two sets of criteria are provided - core and comprehensive - which include technical specifications, selection and award criteria, and contract performance clauses. Core criteria will address the ease of applicability and administration of GPP, while comprehensive criteria are aimed public authorities seeking to achieve further environmental and innovation procurement objectives.

The criteria are expected to impact a number of environmental aspects of textiles, including increasing the procurement of recyclable, non-hazardous, non-shrinking textiles products, as well as maintenance services which extend the lifetime of textile products.

For more information and to download the criteria, visit the EU GPP helpdesk website. A webinar introducing the new criteria will be held on 28 June. To register, visit the ICLEI web-conferencing website.
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1.6.2017 : Procura+ network showcases award-winning procurements

ICLEI - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 17:12
Procura+ Award winners will share their experiences, tips and expert knowledge at an upcoming Procura+ webinar on 7 June from 14.30-16.00 (CEST). The webinar, entitled Award-winning procurements from the network, is aimed at local governments who may be eligible for the 2017 edition of the Procura+ Awards, which showcases sustainable and innovative procurement practices in European cities.

Copenhagen, Transport for London and the Dutch Ministry for Housing and Infrastructure will present their award winning procurement projects from 2016. The winning projects, which deal with sustainable sourcing of seasonal food, innovative lighting solutions for public transport and procurement approaches for sustainable infrastructure will be outlined and there will be an opportunity for participants to engage with representatives from each city.

Participants can join the webinar free of charge. The deadline for the submission of applications for the 2017 Procura+ Awards is 30 June.

For more information and to register, visit the ICLEI web conferencing website and the Procura+ website.
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30.5.2017 : PPI approaches in SPICE mobility project explored in webinar

ICLEI - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 18:28
Copenhagen's procurement of innovative street lighting will be highlighted in an upcoming webinar as part of the SPICE mobility innovation project on 8 June from 14:30 – 15:30 (CEST).

The webinar is aimed at public procurers such as national, regional and city administrators, road traffic operators, transport engineers and system suppliers, Universities and researchers. It will share good practice on the use of innovation procurement procedures such as Competitive Dialogue to procure Intelligent street lights and discuss the benefits and lessons learned in Copenhagen.

The SPICE project, which began in September 2016 and will last for two years, is designed to support purchasing actions for innovative transport and mobility solutions in urban centres. The project aims to facilitate dialogues between public procurers and industry and develop recommendations for use in public procurement procedures to further enable adoption of innovative and more sustainable technologies, including joint-cross-border procurement actions.

For more information, and to register for the webinar, visit the SPICE project website.
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26.5.2017 : Join online: Seminar on SPP and reducing hazardous materials

ICLEI - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 16:26
An international seminar aimed will be held from 30-31 May in Turku, Finland entitled Reduction of Hazardous Substances from urban sources – Strategies, tools and incentives for municipalities. The seminar, organised as part of the NonHazCity project will have a session on the use of public procurement at the municipal level to reduce the use of target substances in public premises.

ICLEI will present relevant examples from across its Procura+ network as to how cities can practically implement sustainable procurement, including criteria to reduce the use of hazardous products. Other speakers on the procurement session include NonHazCity project partners Turku and the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Research, Germany addressing the procurement challenges around hazardous substances and the effectiveness of ecolabels.

Examples from Finland, Austria and Denmark will be presented and the session will conclude with a discussion session. The seminar will be live streamed.

For more information, the full agenda and links for registration and joining the live stream visit the NonHazCity website.
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24.5.2017 : BuyZET to present at Brussels transport procurement workshop

ICLEI - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:09
Zero-emission mobility project BuyZET will host a session at an upcoming eafip workshop for public procurers in the transport sector in Brussels on 16 June. The BuyZET project focuses on achieving zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches in city networks.

The event will highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) approaches across Europe, with a particular focus on transport and mobility. Within the BuyZET session, ICLEI will present PPI experiences in the city of Rotterdam as project coordinator.

ICLEI's presentation will also refer to the project’s recent recruitment drive for Observer Cities. Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will be supported in applying the methodologies of the project, participating in expert meetings, engaging in peer review process on each city’s activities and establishing Buyers' Groups. Project funding is available to support the Observer Cities' activities and exchanges.

For more information and to register for the workshop, visit the eafip website.
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22.5.2017 : Bio-based procurement measures backed by cities and regions

ICLEI - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:51
The Committee of the Regions has urged the European Union to support cities and regions in increasing the contribution of bio-based industries to the economy, including through public procurement. Adopted at its plenary session in Brussels on 11 May, the opinion highlights the role the bio-economy could play in fostering independence from fossil fuels, and particularly how cities and regions as "biocommunities" and "bioregions" can be to the forefront of this strategy.

Identifying the EU's financial support of €3.85 billion to research and development in the bioeconomy, the Committee of the Regions agreed that additional market incentives, risk reduction and regulatory harmonisation are needed to assist the growth of the bio-based products sector. In particular, it proposes that innovation around the use of existing financial instruments would be required to boost investment in biotechnologies.

The opinion also recommends that Member States and EU cities and regions favour bio-based materials in their public procurement processes, which could help foster the shift from fossil fuels and towards carbon neutrality.

For more information, visit the Committee of the Regions website.
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17.5.2017 : Cities invited to join the BuyZET City Observer Group

ICLEI - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:21
New cities are invited to join the BuyZET project City Observer Group to gain access to useful resources and the project’s activities. The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches.

The project encourages cities to join as Observer Cities alongside Brussels and Southampton already working closely with the project. By joining the EU-funded project, cities will get the chance to learn from other’s experiences in implementing zero emissions urban delivery of goods and services by engaging closely with the project.

Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will get support in applying the methodologies of the project, participate in expert meetings, engage in peer review process on each city’s activities and join or form Buyers' Groups. Funding is available to support Observer City activities.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website. If you are interested in joining BuyZET as an Observer City, contact
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4.5.2017 : Registration open for Strategic Public Procurement Conference - Paris June 2

ICLEI - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:34
The European Commission’s DG GROW will host a conference on Strategic Public Procurement in Paris on 2 June which aims to raise awareness among decision makers and the procurement community about the benefits of strategic procurement, with an emphasis on sustainability, social responsibility and innovation.

The draft programme includes opening speeches by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and addresses across two sessions the key policy and implementation challenges in strategic public procurement. Moderated panel discussions will consider both Political Ownership and Policies for Strategic Public Procurement, and latterly the importance of market consultation and designing reward criteria.

Prospective participants should complete the online registration form by 9 May to indicate their interest in attending the conference, which has limited spaces. Participation at the conference is free although costs for accommodation and travel will not be reimbursed.

For more information and to register, visit the DG GROW website.
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29.4.2017 : InnProBio project releases circular economy factsheet

ICLEI - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:04
A new factsheet published by the InnProBio project which focuses on how procurement of bio-based products and services fit into the circular economy has been published. The factsheet addresses the question: does encouraging the public procurement of bio-based products contribute to fostering a circular economy? The factsheet also serves as an introduction to the circular economy and circular procurement in broader terms.

The bioeconomy uses renewable resources (that is, biomass, such as plants, trees or animals) instead of fossil resources, and can provide products that contribute to the enhanced circularity of our current economic model. The factsheet gives special attention to bio-based plastics and recycling, exploring what end-of-life options are available for a variety of products.

It is the fourth in a series of factsheets published in the framework of the European InnProBio project which includes: ‘What are bio-based products?’, ‘Sustainability of bio-based products’, and ‘Biodegradability: Exposing some of the myths and facts’.

For more information and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.
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14.4.2017 : PPI4Waste webinar online now

ICLEI - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:35
The PPI4Waste project, which explores mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector, held a webinar on 29 March reflecting on some of the project’s pilot activities. The webinar, hosted by ICLEI and entitled "Experiences and insights in piloting PPI in the waste sector" is now available on ICLEI Europe’s YouTube channel.

The webinar’s programme included Fredric Norefjäll of the RI:SE Technical Research Institute of Sweden on "When to use PPI", setting out the ‘funnel’ from needs to engaging in a PPI action and the process of setting up the PPI action in the waste sector. Marijan Galovic from ESPER set out Zagreb's experience of piloting PPI initiatives in waste management, and Philippe Micheaux Naudet reflected on the activities of the PPI4Waste project in the context of current trends and topics in PPI, waste and resource efficiency.

The PPI4Waste project, which runs until June 2017, involves 8 partners and has held a variety of capacity-building, training and networking initiatives aimed increasing uptake of innovative waste solutions.

For more information visit the PPI4Waste website and the ICLEI Europe YouTube channel.
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28.4.2017 : Sustainable Cities: Transformative Action Award - apply now!

ICLEI - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:07
Applicants are being sought for the Transformative Action Award, which rewards initiatives which address the goals of the Basque Declaration including the use of public procurement to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities.

Initiatives which involve a high level of innovation, for example in terms of social innovation and civic economy, that inspire others to replicate the action elsewhere in Europe are invited from local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations. Actions are preferably part of a local strategy or vision rather than standalone and must be in place for at least three months and less than 5 years at the time of application.

Transformative actions combine various pathways and address one or more agendas of the Basque Declaration. They should achieve a comprehensive transformation with a positive local or regional impact. Winners will be rewarded with free entry and a presentation at the next European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns taking place in 2019 and publicity through the Sustainable Cities Platform, ICLEI online platforms and publications and a promotional video. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2017.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.
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21.4.2017 : UrbanWINS project calls for Citizen Bloggers in 8 European cities

ICLEI - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:23
The UrbanWINS project has issued a call for talented Citizen Bloggers to write about eco-innovative activities based in or around its 8 pilot cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia, Torino, Leiria, Bucharest, Manresa and Sabadell.

UrbanWINS is a three-year EU-funded project aimed at developing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention and management that will boost urban environmental resilience and contribute to a shift towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns.

The purpose of the Citizen Bloggers initiative is to enable citizens to discover how eco-innovation happens locally, through attractive and accessible stories in the local language. Blogging tasks will be agreed with the respective pilot city, and can include e.g. interviewing local stakeholders, reporting from local meetings or contributing to the project’s online platform.

An honorarium is offered for selected bloggers, who must be based in or around one of the pilot cities, be good communicators in the local language and English, with a flair for the topics addressed within the UrbanWINS project. The deadline is 11 May 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit the UrbanWINS Citizen Bloggers page.
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18.4.2017 : ICLEI launches 2017 Procura+ Awards

ICLEI - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 18:40
ICLEI has launched the 2017 Procura+ Awards, which reward sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

Procura+ Awards highlight sustainable and innovation procurements and tender procedures. The competition gives visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities and their initiatives.

The 2016 edition of the Procura+ Awards saw the City of Copenhagen (Denmark), Transport for London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.

The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. Winners will be featured in a variety of ICLEI publications and web platforms, and at the next EcoProcura conference.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website
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10.4.2017 : Updated PCP and PPI projects brochure published

ICLEI - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 18:34
The European Commission's DG CONNECT has released an update version of its brochure "Innovation Procurement: The power of the public purse - EU-funded projects in the ICT domain."

The brochure features the results of the first EU-funded joint cross-border Pre-Commercial Procurements (PCPs) as well as a compilation of completed and ongoing PCP and PPI ICT projects under the sectors of Health, Transport, Energy, Water, Education, Public Administration and Safety.

The resource will be of value to public procurers and officials looking for ideas on how different societal challenges can be addressed using innovation procurement. The Commission regards PPI and PCP as dual strategies in a demand-side effort to capitalise on innovation while modernising and improving public services.

For more information and to download the brochure, visit the European Commission's DG CONNECT website.
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6.4.2017 : New resource on procurement of bio-based products and services

ICLEI - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:55
The InnProBio project has launched a "Frequently Asked Questions" resource on its website as part of the development of the project's Decision Support Tool. Aimed at answering questions frequently traded between procurers and other public servants on bio-based product categories, the resource also seeks to increase the purchasing of bio-based products.

What are bio-based products and services? Why is it called procurement of innovative bio-based products and services? Why should bio-based products be promoted or preferred through public procurement? What are the advantages of bio-based products for users/consumers compared to traditional products? These are some of the issues dealt with in detail on the FAQ resource.

InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement, aims to develop a community of public procurement practitioners interested in innovative bio-based products and services.
For more information and to use the FAQ resource, visit the InnProBio website.
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4.4.2017 : UrbanWINS launches online agora to discuss waste prevention

ICLEI - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:32
UrbanWINS, an EU-funded project aiming at developing and testing methods for designing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention, has launched its “UrbanWINS agora”, a participative virtual community to share knowledge and discuss ideas on the topics of waste, resources and procurement of innovation.

The UrbanWINS agoras facilitate citizen and other stakeholder feedback into the project, as well as encourage and promote brainstorming among participants, co-creation of the solutions, and a shift towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The project team has also developed a video to present UrbanWINS, its approach and goals so that all potential stakeholders can learn more about the urban metabolism model and the different possibilities to engage with the project through the participatory mechanisms.

For more information and to access the agora, visit the UrbanWINS website.
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30.3.2017 : CEPPI project newsletter published

ICLEI - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 19:35
The CEPPI project, involving Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) has released its March 2017 newsletter. The 3-year project aims to save at least 33GWh/year and to develop the capacity of public authorities to implement innovation procurement solutions for energy-related projects.

This edition features the refurbishment of a Valencia fire-station building constructed in the 1970s, currently underway following a memorandum of understanding between InnDEA Valencia, partner in the project, and the fire station staff.

The newsletter also includes a reflection on the first half of the project, a focus on Budapest's PPI profile and the CEPPI Interim Case Study Report . The Report gives an overview of the situation of the cities, presents the activities planned and the barriers encountered, outlines the key learning so far and describes the future actions.

For more information and to view the full newsletter, visit the CEPPI website.
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29.3.2017 : Consultation on Healthy Ageing and PPI now open

ICLEI - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 19:17
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) has launched a consultation on innovative digital solutions for active and health ageing. Targeted at organisations involved in the implementation and delivery of large-scale PPI solutions focused on older people, the consultation aims to identify potential PPIs between 2017 and 2020 and contribute to EIP on AHA's Policy Dashboard.

EIP on AHA provide comprehensive resources on their Innovation Procurement Platform website for procurers and providers engaged in healthy and active ageing initiatives. This includes a resource centre of toolkits and models of PCP and PPI initiatives in the ageing field, as well as guidance and case studies of value and outcome based procurement projects.

An online questionnaire is available via the ECH Alliance website for stakeholder comment by 10 April, relating to the development of a healthy ageing "blueprint", a living document containing a shared vision on how innovation enabled by a Digital Single Market can transform health and care provision and contribute to the European Silver Economy.

For more information, visit the EIP on AHA website.
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