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13 June 2017

GPP networking group launched at Catalan eco-innovation event

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.
18 April 2017

RGO Network holds annual General Assembly

RGO Network (Réseau Grand Ouest) held its annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 4 April 2017. The event focused on the Network’s operations and financial report while considerable thought was given to the Network’s recent and future activities, including sustainable procurement addressed through working groups, training, awareness days, and its involvement in procurement projects and networks, such as SPP Regions project and Procura+.

The General Assembly adopted strategic guidelines for the next year and agreed on the importance of focusing on the development and strengthening of partnerships with other organizations and/or networks within the region. Working groups remain at the network’s core but in response to the participants’ demands, RGO has increased its support on SPP and on implementation of sustainable purchasing policies.

RGO’s General Assembly also agreed on the next working groups topics and webinar, which will cover the topic of procurement in the waste sector.

For more information visit the RGO’s Network page on SPP Regions or the Procura+ network.
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.
15 March 2017

State of the Art report on market engagement published

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.
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

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