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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The goal of the workshop is to explore what the steps of public tendering and public procurement of bio-based products and services are. The InnProBio team will share case studies, tools and criteria used in public tenders to start the discussion and learn from previous experiences. The market dialogue aims at identifying barriers in the procurement of bio-based products and services. Product suppliers and public procurers will be encouraged to talk about their needs, demands and possibilities. Public authorities will gain a better understanding of the market and the solutions available, whereas the suppliers will get to know what criteria and requirements are important to the procurers.
The language for both sessions will be German. The event is free of charge and registration is mandatory.
For further information and to register, visit the InnProBio website.
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.
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.
"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".
- Text extracted from the website www.un.org/en/events/waterday
More information :
- IOWater's references on Water Cooperation
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.
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.
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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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 ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/
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