21.3.2017 : Almere uses PPI to drive circular economy initiatives

ICLEI - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:49
The Dutch city of Almere is holding its Upcycle City competition, aiming to develop local circular economy initiatives through a PPI competition. Using a 'best price-quality ratio' award criteria, the local authority has issued a tender for project ideas which can be implemented by the city to create products from the city's waste.

The tendering process is being implemented via the Dutch e-procurement platform TenderNed. A total of €1,000,000 is available to fund winning proposals, selected by a jury, at a co-financing rate of 1:3. Funding is in place for the chosen initiatives until 2019.

Upcycle City forms part of Almere's efforts towards becoming a waste-free city by 2020, and to become an internationally recognised 'living lab' for circular economy initiatives. The competition is already underway with the initial project proposals being considered as part of a two-part procurement process. Post-tender negotiations with the winners and development of contracts will follow later this year.

For more information, visit Almere's Upcycle City website.
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World Water day

OIEAU - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 08:00
March 22nd

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

2017 Theme: Why Wastewater?

"This year, we focus on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80% of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

We need to improve the collection and treatment of wastewater and safely reuse it. At the same time, we need to reduce the quantity and pollution load of wastewater we produce, to help protect the environment and our water resources.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 - includes a target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse".

More information :

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15.3.2017 : State of the Art report on market engagement published

ICLEI - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:56
The SPP Regions project has released its State of the Art report on market engagement, aimed at guiding public procurers in engaging with suppliers in the context of procurement projects where input from the market can improve procurement outcomes.

The report contains practical advice and guidance, using examples of successful processes and actions to demonstrate how market engagement works, including the risks, resources required and first steps for public authorities.

Detailing the various points in the procurement process that procurers can engage with the market, the State of the Art report provides examples of formats for engaging with suppliers. These include 'meet the buyer' events, supplier information days and other networking and briefing events with illustrative case studies from across Europe. The report also points to how sustainability objectives can be achieved through the market engagement process.

For more information and to download the report, visit the SPP Regions website.
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9.3.2017 : PPI case study videos published by EAFIP

ICLEI - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:19
A series of videos demonstrating case studies on Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovation have been published by EAFIP, detailing the experiences of procurers from the UK, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and France of using innovation in the public procurement process. Three of the case studies relate to PPI projects in the fields of future hospital ward lighting, intelligent energy management and healthy ageing.

Steph Holmes, from the Rotherham National Health Service Foundation (UK) outlines how the procurement of innovative lighting for hospital wards exceeded expectations by providing operational, construction and design benefits. As a result of their approach through an international procurement consortium, the project made improvements including bio-dynamic lighting reducing patient anxiety and limiting the impact of construction and maintenance by pre-fabricating new units with integrated, future-proofed lighting.

Each case study interviewed provides advice for procurers with similar challenges and explains the procurement process within their own project and points to the lessons learned through their engagement with PPI.

The full series can be viewed on EAFIP's YouTube channel. For more information, visit the EAFIP website.
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28.2.2017 : UrbanWINS pilot cities plan project activities in Venice

ICLEI - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 18:28
Representatives of the UrbanWINS pilot cities – Albano Laziale, Cremona, Pomezia and Turin, in Italy; Leiria, in Portugal; Bucharest, in Romania, and Manresa and Sabadell, in Spain – participated in project workshops focused on strategic urban planning and participatory mechanisms development, including using procurement in the context of waste prevention. The knowledge and the experience gained will be used in the next phases of the UrbanWINS project, aiming at co-creating eco-innovative waste management and prevention strategies.

Cities involved in the project will start identifying the priorities and objectives for reducing resource consumption and waste production at source, with the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. Face-to-face meetings – urban agoras – will take place in each of the cities, and a virtual platform – online agoras – will be available from the UrbanWINS website this spring to encourage discussion and brainstorming.

With the support of experts from the University IUAV of Venice, hosts of the meeting, the UrbanWINS cities explored the connections between actions that are directly related to waste management and actions that can be taken in other sectors but that affect waste production and/or have an impact on the success of waste management and practices.

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24.2.2017 : DG CONNECT publish 2017 Pre-Commercial Procurement update

ICLEI - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 16:34
The European Commission's DG CONNECT has published an update of the results achieved by 15 Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) projects, aimed at the development of innovative solutions geared for public sector application. With the funding level for innovation procurement projects reaching €130 million per annum from 2014 to 2017, the Commission is keen to improve awareness of the support available for PPI and PCP among procurers, researchers and the private sector.

The 2017 update reports where PCP projects have had impact on improving the quality and efficiency of public services, extending market opportunities in innovation procurement to SMEs, valorising project research outcomes and nurturing cross-border approaches to contracting and job creation.
DG CONNECT report that 71% of the PCP contracts were won by SMEs, where the SME success rate in public procurement across the EU is only 29%. Other highlights include 28% of PCP contracts being awarded on a cross-border basis and a similar proportion including universities and research centres in the winning consortium.

The full update and list of PCP projects is available at on the PCP projects website.

For more information on Pre-Commercial Procurement visit
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16.2.2017 : Eco-Innovation Observatory issues 2016 Circular Economy report

ICLEI - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 14:24
The Eco-Innovation Observatory has highlighted 32 best practice examples from EU member states on how the circular economy is being implemented at the EU and national levels.

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
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14.2.2017 : Brussels training to look at financing renewable energy in cities and regions

ICLEI - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:33
A session run by the EU-funded INFINITE Solutions project will train participants on how to develop and implement innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy measures. The training will take place on 23 February in Brussels (Belgium) and will draw on the outcomes of the INFINITE Solutions project, which is coming to an end after three years.

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
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European Commission wins the International Excellence Award 2017 of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

OIEAU - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:33
The Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission is the winner of the 2017 Geospatial World Award in the category "geospatial policy implementation award” for its open source platform UWWTD SIIF developed by the International Office for Water in partnership with UBA.

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:

More about the tool Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) - SIIF.

The video:

The first demonstration platforms:
For more information: See online : Press release
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10.2.2017 : Action plan aims to recycle or reuse 70 percent of plastic globally

ICLEI - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:23
A new action plan has been released that if implemented would see 70 percent of plastic packaging reused and recycled globally. Already the plan, laid out in the report The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action, has been endorsed by more than 40 industry leaders. The report was produced by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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
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8.2.2017 : Procurement law conference to look at impact of Brexit and TTIP

ICLEI - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 15:10
The Annual Conference on European Public Procurement Law 2017, set to take place from 30-31 of March 2017 in Trier (Germany), will bring together legal practitioners from across the continent to discuss the latest legislative and jurisprudential developments in the field of procurement.

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
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3.2.2017 : Unmet needs in the healthcare sector identified by EPP e-Health project

ICLEI - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:12
A joint statement of unmet needs in the European healthcare sector has been published by the EU-funded EPP-eHealth project. The recently ended project additionally released a Public Procurement of Innovation solutions (PPI) strategy for eHealth, established a network of procurement organisations operating in the sector, and mapped out EU initiatives and funding opportunities.

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
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1.2.2017 : Final days to apply for innovation procurement support

ICLEI - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:09
The eafip initiative is offering 12 public procurers from EU Member States the chance to gain targeted assistance in implementing innovation procurement activities (both pre-commercial procurement and public procurement of innovation). Selected procurers will be provided with legal assistance to guide them through the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement process. Assistance includes one-to-one meetings, support by email, hands-on guidance and individual support. Assistance is provided in the local language of the procurer.

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.
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27.1.2017 : Water PiPP releases recommendations for Innovation Oriented Public Procurement

ICLEI - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 17:46
Policy recommendations on expanding Innovation Oriented Public Procurement (IOPP) in the water sector have been compiled by the EU-funded Water PiPP project. The recommendations are targeted at policy-makers at the European level, specifically those involved in the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) and other stakeholders interested in water innovation policies.

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.
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25.1.2017 : SPP Regions project encourages regional networks to join

ICLEI - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 16:32
New and established regional procurement networks looking to gain access to useful resources and networking opportunities are invited to join the EU-funded SPP Regions project. By joining the project, procurers will be put in touch with other networks from across Europe, allowing them to learn from others’ experience of implementing sustainable and innovative procurement and to share their own.

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 If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, contact:
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20.1.2017 : PPI4Waste newsletter looks at managing risks when procuring innovation

ICLEI - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:48
The fourth PPI4Waste newsletter has been published, providing an overview of the EU-funded project's work to promote public procurement of innovation (PPI) within the waste sector. The lead article looks at the project's efforts to identify and assess risks in PPI by creating a “risk map”, which will assess the likelihood of a problem occurring, what the consequences will be, and how to react.

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.
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18.1.2017 : STOP and GO opens market consultation on elderly healthcare tender

ICLEI - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 23:17
The EU-funded STOP and GO project will soon publish a call for tenders to procure technological and organisational services to support health workers in the planning, management and provision of home care services for patients with chronic diseases. Through the tender, the project intends to find solutions that will facilitate the exchange of information between professionals involved in the care process, and that will deliver telemedicine services to patients with chronic diseases.

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 .
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13.1.2017 : PPI4Waste to hold trainings on innovation procurement in waste sector

ICLEI - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:26
A series of training workshops to build capacity in public procurement of innovation (PPI) in the municipal waste sector will be held in January 2017 by the EU-funded PPI4Waste project. The training sessions will take place in Germany, Spain, Croatia and Sweden.

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.
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12.1.2017 : UrbanWINS releases first newsletter

ICLEI - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:32
UrbanWINS, an EU-funded project aimed at developing and testing eco-innovative waste prevention and management strategies in eight pilot cities, has released its first newsletter, providing an introduction to the project and round up of related news. A new edition of the newsletter will be released every four months.

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.
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10.1.2017 : Business pilot project encourages innovation to achieve circular economy

ICLEI - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:15
An EU-funded business pilot project has shown that innovative business models are vital to achieving a sustainable circular economy. The REBus project is testing a methodology that helps organisations to embrace profitable, resilient and more resource efficient business models. 30 organisations in the UK and the Netherlands have been piloting these new business models over the past years.

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
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