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18 April 2018

Jury announced and deadline extended for 2018 Procura+ Awards

The deadline for applications to the 2018 Procura+ Awards has been extended until 18 May 2018 in all three award categories - Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Procurement Initiative of the Year. Hosted by Procura+ network coordinators ICLEI in cooperation with the Procure2Innovate project, the competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

A high-level jury will include Procura+ Network chair and Mayor of Malmö Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Acting Director in the European Commission's DG GROW Marzena Rogalska, Head of the OECD's Public Sector Integrity Division, Janos Bertok and Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, Mark Hidson.

Last year's Procura+ Awards saw Hyvinkää Municipality (Finland), Ministry Of Defence Netherlands and Public Health Wales (UK) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.

For more information and to apply, visit the Procura+ website.

29 March 2018

SPP Regions project meets energy and emissions targets

The SPP Regions project concludes this month having generated over 1000 GWh of renewable energy and achieving its carbon and energy savings targets through eco-innovative tenders carried out in the project's 7 regional sustainable procurement networks.

Starting in 2015 and coordinated by ICLEI, the project has promoted the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). As it approaches its conclusion, it has saved 395,000 tCO2/year and primary energy totalling 1,425 GWh/year, as well as procuring 1,015 GWh of renewable energy across 39 tenders in 7 countries, involving 31 contracting authorities. Additionally, the project recruited new partner networks in 8 other European regions and worked closely with the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network.

The full list of tender models is available to download on the project website, where a savings calculation methodology used in the GPP2020 project demonstrates how the targets and achievements are quantified. The project has also produced a package of in-depth guidance and a series of 'how-to' videos on the implementation of various sustainable procurement practices such as market engagement and circular procurement, as well as the 3rd edition of the Procura+ Manual.

For more information on the SPP Regions project and its eco-innovative tenders, visit the project website.

31 January 2018

Eight new SPP networks join the SPP Regions project

Eight new sustainable public procurement networks have joined the SPP Regions project, committing to sustainability, working together at developing regional supply bases, increasing public sector’s influence on market engagement activities and using joint procurement to benefit from economies of scale.

The new networks cover and include the Piedmont region and Salento, a subregion of the region of Apulia (Italy); some Italian metropolitan cities, such as Milan, Bologna, Roma and Catania; Catalonia, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands (Spain); Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Finland) and the London Responsible Procurement Network (UK).

The SPP Regions project, coordinated by ICLEI, promotes the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). The project offers support in setting up networks and welcomes new participant cities, networks, regions and municipalities.

For more information or join the project, visit the project’s website or contact the ICLEI coordination team at procurement@iclei.org.

5 January 2018

Balearic Island SPP Network holds its second networking event

Thirty-four participants from central, regional and local governments of the Balearic Islands attended the second SPP Networking event the 1st December 2017. The event was intended as a training and awareness raising event for the inclusion of environmental considerations in public procurement. The event was attended by environmental and procurement experts and other professionals in the sector.

The main objectives of the event were to learn more about ecolabels for the verification of environmental criteria, to understand how to introduce environmental considerations in different phases of the procurement process and to highlight the importance of communicating the benefits of possible achievements through GPP (green public procurement).

The Balearic Island Network on SPP has been established under the SPP Regions project, coordinated by ICLEI, which aims to promotes the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI).

To know more about the network’s activities and event please contact Bettina Schaefer.

5 December 2017

ICLEI announces two major procurement events for 2018

Two major conferences on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement have been announced by ICLEI in conjunction with the host cities of Oslo (Norway) and Nijmegen (Netherlands). The 15th Procura+ Seminar will take place on 21-22 March 2018 in Oslo; and the 10th EcoProcura conference will take place from 3-5 October 2018 in Nijmegen.

The 2018 Procura+ Seminar will be opened by Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen and ICLEI's Global Director of Sustainable Procurement, Mark Hidson. Procura+ Seminars bring together Procura+ Network participants, practitioners, experts, and policy makers from across Europe. The interactive programme offers the chance to explore procurement concepts and issues through the lens of real-life examples and experiences, take part in dynamic and interactive sessions, and build practical capacity.

The 2018 EcoProcura Conference has been announced by Nijmegen mayor Hubert Bruls and will host 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement, including current best practice in implementation; European policy developments and international initiatives and opportunities for collaboration between procurers in Europe. The conference will present practical tools for implementation and feature market dialogue, joint procurement, social issues and professionalisation. EcoProcura Conferences take place approximately every 3 years.

Mark Hidson, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, said: “We are delighted that these two complimentary and significant events are happening in the same year. The Procura+ Seminar provides scope for participants to go in-depth into the issues that matter to them and build capacity with their peers. EcoProcura follows this up with high level discussion and advocacy in the context of policy such as the recent European Commission communication on Making Public Procurement work in and for Europe.”

To find out more about EcoProcura, visit the EcoProcura website. To register for the Procura+ Seminar, visit the Procura+ website.

28 July 2017

SPPI Network of the Balearic Islands launched

The 5 June 2017, 27 participants from the central, regional and local governments from the Balearic Island attended the “Day of Eco-Municipalism” to boost the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement and to officially launch the new SPPI Network of the Balearic Islands.

During the first session of the event, the agreement and promotion of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) was presented. The agreement was signed in January 2017 by the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Fishing and the Ministry of Territory, Energy and Mobility and the Council of Mallorca and commitments and opportunities for participating municipalities were explained, as well as the possibilities to replicate the initiative in the other Balearic islands: Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera.

In the second part of the meeting, the Government of the Balearic Islands introduced the SPP Regions project and the recently established Balearic Network of Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement. Ecoinstitut and ICLEI presented the dynamics and benefits of regional SPPI networks, and introduced some of the key elements of sustainable and innovative procurement.

For more information on SPP Regions visit the project’s website, to listen to the video presentation prepared by SPP Regions Coordinator visit ICLEI’s Youtube channel.

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.

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