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10 April 2017

Réseau Grand Ouest newsletter published

Réseau Grand Ouest (RGO) newsletter featuring the latest updates on sustainable public procurement and the network’s main activities on sustainable procurement is now available in French. The Network is part of the H2020 SPP Regions project promoting networks on sustainable public procurement, which is currently recruiting for further networks.

RGO, founded in 2006, has been working to help public authorities integrate social and environmental criteria in their tenders and has joined the SPP Regions project from its very start back in 2015.

This newsletter edition features upcoming events and a section on useful links and latest resources, including the European Criteria for Sustainable Roads and the Annual Responsible Purchasing Barometer.

You can read RGO’s Newsletter through the Network’s page.

For more information SPP Regions recruitment, visit the project website.
9 March 2017

SPP Regions publish new tender models

The SPP Regions project has published two new tender models in self-regulating LED lighting and in joint procurement of renewable energy.
Piedmont Region, the City of Turin and ARPA Piedmont collaborated in the purchasing via a framework contract of 500 GWh of energy from certified renewable sources, realising 150,000 tonnes of CO² savings as well as significant financial savings. The joint procurement approach resulted in a reduction in unit cost of 8% and the power procured can be used by 300 organisations across the region.

Turin Polytechnic's tender model details a pilot procurement of 16 LED installations at its Department of Control and Computer Science. The self-regulating LED tubes communicate between themselves to give uniform brightness and respond to changes in daylight and the presence of people. The pilot is intended to reduce both energy consumption and maintenance costs.

Both projects were completed under the framework of the APE GPP network, based in Turin. If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, email the project coordinators.

The tender models and more information can be found on the SPP Regions website.
25 January 2017

SPP Regions project encourages regional networks to join

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 www.sppregions.eu. If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, contact: info@sppregions.eu
16 November 2016

Procura+ Manual Launched

The 3rd Edition of the Procura+ Manual was launched at the Procura+ Seminar in Rome on 13 and 14 October 2016. This fully updated and revised edition of the Procura+ Manual aims to position sustainable procurement in the current economic, political and legal framework. As with previous editions, it acts as a central point of reference for public authorities and others wishing to understand and implement sustainable procurement.

The manual includes practical advice on how to integrate sustainability into procurement and a model for systematically implementing sustainable procurement – the Procura+ Management Cycle. The manual also explores the possibilities for sustainable and innovation procurement set out within the 2014 Directives, together with how they can be applied in practice.

Key guidance is provided on sustainable procurement approaches for six high-priority product groups – construction, IT equipment, cleaning products, food, vehicles and electricity. Links and references throughout the text showcase good practice examples from around Europe, including many from participants of the Procura+ Network, more detailed information on the product groups covered and a variety of further implementation tools.

The Procura+ Manual is published by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and produced as part of the SPP Regions project.

For more information, download the Procura+ Manual.
14 November 2016

Procura+ Awards finalists announced

The nominees for the Procura+ Awards have been narrowed down to six finalists, representing the most remarkable procurements carried out in Europe. Copenhagen (Denmark) and Wageningen (The Netherlands) have been nominated in the category of 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year', the City of London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands) in the category of 'Tender Procedure of the Year', and the Galician Public Health Authority (Spain) and Transport for London (UK) in the category 'Innovation Procurement of the Year'.

The awards will be presented as part of the Sustainable City Development conference in Malmö (Sweden) on 30 November. The finalists were chosen after extensive deliberations of the jury, which was made up of procurement experts Simon Clement (ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability), Bertrand Wert (EASME), Livia Mazza (Ecosistemi), and Wouter Stolwijk (PIANOo).

Each of the award categories looks at a different aspect of procurement. 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges impressive procurement of innovation and the public authority as a launch customer; 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' rewards the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of a procurement; and 'Tender Procedure of the Year' recognises procurers that took an exceptional approach to sustainable and innovation procurement.

For more information on the finalists, visit the Procura+ website.
4 November 2016

Nominees revealed for Procura+ Awards

The 12 nominees have been announced for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Procura+ Awards, spanning cities and public authorities from across Europe. Winners will be invited to collect their trophies at a ceremony taking place as part of the Sustainable City Development conference in Malmö (Sweden) on 30 November.

The awards will be presented in three categories: 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges an impressive procurement of innovation and the public authority as a launch customer; 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' rewards the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of a procurement; and 'Tender Procedure of the Year' recognises procurers that took an exceptional approach to sustainable and innovation procurement.

Innovative solutions procured by the nominees include a home-assistance platform for patients suffering with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a spatial modelling service to identify areas for the installation of sustainable drainage measures to reduce the risk of flooding, and the procurement of innovative cleaning solutions. As well as international recognition, award winners will receive free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference; publicity through ICLEI’s channels; and one year’s free participation in the Procura+ Network.

To view the nominees, visit procuraplus.org
1 September 2016

Dutch event to look at achieving truly sustainable catering

The Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH), a group of local authorities that work together to strengthen their economic standing, are organising a meeting of the MRDH Sustainable Procurement network in Leidschendam-Voorburg (The Netherlands) on 8 September to discuss how sustainability, affordability and health concerns can come together in the procurement of catering services.

Procurers are obliged to keep a wide-range of criteria in mind when choosing a catering company: the supplier must have a broad selection of produce, unambiguous sales pricing, and work towards enhancing sustainability and facilitating social employment. Given the emissions expended in the production of food and the disposal of food waste, the type of catering bought can also have a significant impact on the environment.

Specialists, buyers and contract managers are invited to attend the event to discuss the ideal purchasing strategy for sustainable and cost effective catering services.

For more information, contact lfdijk@rotterdam.nl or c.van.Haasteren@leidschendam-voorburg.nl
23 August 2016

Procura+ Update delivers the latest procurement news

The SP Update, a newsletter on sustainable procurement produced by ICLEI Europe and published every four months, has been updated and re-launched as the Procura+ Update. The new-look newsletter will continue to deliver the most important procurement news from across Europe straight to subscribers' inboxes.

The update follows the revamp of the SP Platform and the launch of the updated Procura+ Network website. Both ICLEI Europe-maintained websites are interlinked: the SP Platform provides news and resources to help public procurers more easily embrace sustainable public procurement and green public procurement, while Procura+ gives procurers access to a network of more than 40 European public authorities that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.

The Procura+ Update demonstrates a holistic approach to ICLEI's sustainable procurement work, with the object to make all of ICLEI Europe's sustainable procurement knowledge and resources available to the public under one heading. Subscription to the newsletter can be completed online.

To view the newsletter, visit the SP Platform.
3 August 2016

Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative

The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) saw its membership increase during its recent conference in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), with the host city ending the conference by joining. ‘We aim to be the world’s most sustainable port city and we see joining the STTC as integral to that,’ said Leon Dijk, Sustainable Procurement specialist with Rotterdam City Council. Almost 100 people from across the STTC membership took part in the conference. European Timber Trade Federation Secretary General Andre de Boer told participants that there are early signs that efforts to strengthen the sustainable tropical timber market are paying off, but warned that more needs to be done to make the concept mainstream. He finished by urging companies and organisations to join the STTC.

The STTC recently launched a €2 million funding campaign to help local authorities and businesses to implement sustainable timber procurement policies. The Netherlands has been particularly active in promoting sustainable tropical timber, backing the STTC and implementing a procurement system that has seen a rise in sustainable timber market share from 13.4 percent to 74 percent. The so-called ‘Green Deal’ between the public and private sectors aims to boost sustainable timber’s market share further.

In addition to plenary sessions, the conference featured lively workshops that looked at designing sustainable procurement policies and financial instruments for driving sustainable timber markets. By stimulating demand for sustainable tropical timber, European authorities can prevent deforestation and provide a livelihood for millions of people in developing countries.

For more information on joining the STTC, contact mark.vanbenthem@probos.nl.
19 July 2016

Procura+ Interest Group provides expert advice at workshop

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development has already been active, providing expert consultation at a workshop on market engagement in Copenhagen for the SPP Regions project. David Morgan of Cornwall Council, Katja Kardikova of City of Oslo and Maria Pagel Fray of City of Copenhagen all offered their advice and experience to the SPP Regions project partners. They each presented how their organisations are developing supplier engagement and relationships, and hosted a clinic in which SPP Regions partners were able to ask for advice on their own plans for engaging the market.

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development launched in June 2016. The Interest Group is facilitated by Procura+ Participant Cornwall Council, with the cities of Oslo and Copenhagen, also both Procura+ Participants, joining as the founder members.

The focus of the group will be split across three main topics: assisting businesses in understanding the needs of the public sector and public sector procurement; building effective, competitive markets and driving innovation; and supplier relationship management and continuous improvement.

If you are interested in joining an existing Procura+ Interest Group, or want to find out how to start a new group, visit the Procura+ Interest Group webpage for more details.

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