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UrbanWINS CityMatch Exchange Programme invites applications

21 September 2017

The Urban WINS project is recruiting cities to take part in the City Match Exchange Programme. City Match is aimed at bringing people together to develop competences, share knowledge, ideas and working methods on sustainable and innovation procurement in the waste and resources sector. The idea is that an employee or group of employees interested in the waste and resources sector visit another organisation working on this topic. The visit is meant to provide new experiences and ideas and will normally take between 1-4 days.

Exchange activities can include Study visits (one-to-one or group exchange), job shadowing, or benchmarking studies. Among the topics for exchange, cities can cooperate on waste management, prevention and innovation; circular economy and procurement; piloting emerging solutions and technologies; or market engagement processes.

The programme is intended for all staff from public authorities working in the waste and resources sector, amongst others politicians, policy makers, waste management and prevention professionals, environmental and utilities service providers, procurement officials, and technology providers.

Find out more at the Urban WINS website.

2017 Procura+ Awards finalists announced

12 September 2017

Six finalists for the 2017 Procura+ Awards have been announced, representing outstanding sustainable and innovation procurements carried out in Europe. All six are competing across three award categories: 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year', 'Innovation Procurement of the Year’ and 'Tender Procedure of the Year'.

The finalists are ATC Torino (Home Territory Agency of Central Piedmont) (Italy) for building energy performance solutions; the Netherlands Institute for Safety for sustainable fire service clothing; Hyvinkää Municipality (Finland), for its eco-labelled pre-school building; Public Health Wales (UK) for remanufacture of office furnishings; City of Lahti (Finland) for asphalt from waste roofing materials; and Ministry of Defence Netherlands for procurement of textiles from recycled fibres.

The winners will be announced and the awards presented as part of the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. The finalists were chosen after extensive deliberations of a jury comprised of procurement experts Philippe le Quement (DG Growth), Maria Pagel Fray and Casper Marott (City of Copenhagen), Paula Trindade (LNEG), Floris den Boer (PIANOo), and Philipp Tepper (ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability).

Jury member Philippe le Quement said: “We were incredibly impressed by the quality of applications to this year’s awards and it was a real pleasure to learn more about the impressive strides being taken across Europe in innovative and sustainable procurement”.

The category 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges PPI and public authorities as launch customers, while 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' rewards the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of a procurement. 'Tender Procedure of the Year' recognises exceptional approaches to sustainable and innovation procurement.

For more information on the finalists, visit the Procura+ website. Initiated and co-ordinated by ICLEI, Procura+ is a network of European public authorities and regions that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.

Ghent featured in 10YFP Programme Global Review of SPP

25 July 2017

Procura+ participant Ghent has been featured as a best practice case study in a Global Review of sustainable public procurement published by UNEP, involving ICLEI and KEITI. Charting the implementation of its Procurement Strategy, SPP principles and targets, the Ghent case study exemplifies Ghent's 10% year-on-year increase in contracts awarded to the social-economy sector and a 10% reduction in CO² emissions for deliveries in 2016.

The Global Review covers the last five years of global procurement activity, building on the first edition released in 2013. Published in the context of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, the report aims to track the global progress of SPP and to deepen the collective understanding of the current barriers, needs, opportunities and innovations to sustainable procurement.

SPP activities involving ICLEI and the Procura+ network feature throughout the review, including an interview with ICLEI's Global Sustainable Procurement Centre Director, Mark Hidson.

For more information and to download the report, visit the 10YFP's SCP Clearing House website.

Deadline extended for 2017 Procura+ Awards

29 June 2017

ICLEI has extended the deadline for applications to the 2017 Procura+ Awards until 18 July 2017 for the Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Tender Procedure of the Year categories. The competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

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

Oslo and Växjö take home prestigious Green City Awards

8 June 2017

ICLEI Member city Oslo (Norway) has won the European Green Capital Award for 2019, while ICLEI Member Växjö (Sweden) was awarded the title of European Green Leaf 2018 in tandem with the Belgian city of Leuven. The titles were presented by the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, at an awards ceremony in Essen (Germany), the current European Green Capital.

Commissioner Vella said: “I am delighted to be awarding the tenth European Green Capital Award and the fourth and fifth European Green Leaf Awards. More than two thirds of Europeans live in our cities and towns. The European Green Capital award shows us that cities can grow in size while keeping their green hearts beating. Good urban planning grows each time one city inspires another - that is the secret of the green capital award.”

The jury was particularly impressed by the holistic approach demonstrated by Oslo on topics such as biodiversity, public transport, social integration and citizen health. The jury appreciated Oslo’s approach to connecting with citizens through technology, such as text message invitations to public consultations and politician speed-dating. The jury also appreciated Oslo’s efforts to address challenges such as reclaiming space for citizens over cars.

Växjö has demonstrated strong leadership in sustainable development, making a commitment in 1996 to be fossil fuel free. It was also the first Swedish city to use biomass for district heating and one of the first to start implementing Agenda 2030.

For more information, visit the European Green Capital website.

2016 Procura+ Award winner Rijkswaterstaat joins the network

6 April 2017

The Procura+ Network is pleased to welcome Rijkswaterstaat as a participant. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is a government agency owned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. RWS has a long and outstanding history in developing and managing the national infrastructures for roads and waterways. Since 2013 it also takes the lead in implementing national and international policies for environmental protection and sustainability, including policies on waste management, resource efficiency and public procurement.

In executing the implementation of these policies, RWS offers products and services that can be used by governments in all sorts of public-private collaborations and partnerships for facilitating, building and maintaining knowledge networks, acquiring and disseminating knowledge, monitoring, developing policy instruments and counselling on policy and implementation. As a result, RWS is the contact point on environmental issues for business, (knowledge) institutions and government bodies for information and advice, financing, networking and regulatory matters.

RWS won the 2016 Procura+ Award for Tender Procedure of the Year for the sustainable reconstruction of the Motorway A6. RWS procured works and services to widen the A6 motorway, aiming for the motorway to be energy neutral after construction. RWS developed instruments to calculate the CO2 emissions of the project, then selected a tender using a combination of price and quality according to the EMAS (economically most advantageous submission) approach.

RWS will share further information on SPP and PPI approaches and successes in their participant profile web page, which is currently in development.

Copper8 joins Procura+ as a strategic partner

1 April 2017

Copper8 has joined the Procura+ Network as a strategic partner. Copper8 is a consultancy with a passion for sustainability that initiates and facilitates the connection between different disciplines, allowing sustainable innovations to develop. They aim to help organizations build necessary organisational structures and partnerships, and secure the resulting collaborative thought in business models and contracts. This includes supporting the public sector in sustainable and innovation procurement.

Procurement related projects involving Copper8 include Sustainable redevelopment, an innovative European tendering process developed for Alliander; creating a tender to maximize ambitions for circular furniture procurement; and working with the City of Amsterdam on sustainable and circular procurement by creating a ‘choice card’ for five product groups.

Copper8 join Ecoinstitut, Ecosistemi, IFZ, LNEG, and PlanMiljø as a strategic partner to the Procura+ Network. Strategic partners support and promote the activities of the Procura+ Network both on the European scale and at national level within their own countries.

Letter from Procura+ Chair Pekka Sauri

16 March 2017

Cities around the world have a crucial role in the transition to sustainable consumption and production by using sustainable public procurement (SPP) as a key tool. By introducing sustainable criteria in our purchases, local and regional governments are making our societies more sustainable, while at the same time ensuring social justice and fair treatment, and generating economic benefits.

2016 marked 20 years of work on sustainable procurement for ICLEI. Figures speak for themselves: during these two decades over 2,000 people have been trained; 300 cities in more than 50 countries have been supported; and 1 million tonnes of CO2 have been saved through the involvement in 150 projects, 100 conferences, seminars and workshops.

The City of Helsinki, as the Chair of the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network and a founding participant of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, is championing SPP to accelerate its implementation worldwide. In these networks, we are sharing experiences, learning from others, and engaging with all stakeholders, including suppliers we buy from. Every single purchasing choice we make has an impact on our cities and on our citizens, so we want our decisions to be as smart as possible to foster resource efficient and low-carbon societies.

In Helsinki we have committed to achieve 100% sustainable public procurement in 2020. The goal for this year is 70%. To achieve these goals, all city departments and subsidiaries are being trained to make sustainable procurements.

Sustainable procurement is about considering what is really needed from a holistic perspective – so as to explore possibilities such as reusing products or leasing them – and deciding whether we need to buy or contract certain products or services. Then, it is about introducing sustainable criteria in the tenders.

By promoting SPP, local and regional authorities are also contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal #12: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. SPP also plays an important part in reducing GHG emissions, boosting green jobs and encouraging suppliers to promote fair employment.

I would like to encourage all colleagues to embrace sustainable procurement practices to achieve social, economic and environmental value for the money cities are spending.

Pekka Sauri

Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki, Finland, member of ICLEI’s European Regional Executive Committee, and Procura+ Network Chair

This letter originally featured in CityTalk, a blog produced by ICLEI, on 9 March 2017.

Procura+ welcomes PlanMiljø as a Strategic Partner

24 February 2017

PlanMiljø has joined the Procura+ Network as a strategic partner. PlanMiljø, an environmental consultancy formed in Denmark in 1990, has been involved in several partnerships on sustainable consumption and production with governments. Their work includes strengthening of green procurement in public authorities and development of SCP guidelines and tools for businesses.

PlanMiljø is one of the most experienced players in the field of Green Public Procurement (GPP) in Denmark, and has supported many public authorities both on a national, Nordic and international level. PlanMiljø is currently managing ‘The Secretariat for Green Public Procurement’ of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA). The purpose of the secretariat is to promote and facilitate GPP in Danish public authorities.

PlanMiljø join Ecoinstitut, Ecosistemi, LNEG, and IFZ as a strategic partner to the Procura+ Network. Strategic partners support and promote the activities of the Procura+ Network both on the European scale and at national level within their own countries.

Three new Procura+ participants join the network

6 February 2017

The City of Eindhoven (Netherlands), Government of Flanders (Belgium) and Transport for London (United Kingdom) have joined the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network. The three participants will each bring existing experience and expertise to the network.

The city of Eindhoven is the 5th largest municipality in The Netherlands. As a knowledge based and innovation oriented city, Eindhoven focuses on creating the needed support structures in the domains of innovation, labour market, technology development and business development. The municipality has a political ambition to become a Living Lab for innovative technology solutions, a smart city, dramatically improving the quality of life of its citizens.

The Government of Flanders attaches great importance to sustainable development. It is by means of sustainable public procurement that the Government of Flanders aims at stimulating sustainable consumption and production. The Government of Flanders aims to serve as a role model and inspire and stimulate other actors to follow suit. The Flemish Action Plan for Sustainable Public Procurement has the objective to achieve 100% sustainable public procurement by the year 2020.

Transport for London (TfL) won Innovation Procurement of the Year in the Procura+ Awards 2016 for its procurement of Energy Efficient Luminaries and Lamps. With support from the EU funded Procurement of Lighting Innovation and Technology in Europe (PRO-LITE) project, TfL introduced a procurement approach which calculated a range of external costs as well as unit price, including installation, maintenance, energy use, carbon and cleaning costs. Indicative results suggest a 25% saving on whole life-cycle costs, and significant reductions in energy consumption. The TfL PRO-LITE Case Study can be found here.

All three cities will share further information on SPP and PPI approaches and successes in their participant profile web pages, which are currently in development.