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17 October 2017

European Commission publishes new Circular Procurement brochure

The European Commission has published a brochure containing guidance and good practice on how public procurement can support the transition to a circular economy. 'Public Procurement for a Circular Economy' sets out the policy framework, strategic thinking and planning recommended before embarking on a public procurement process, engaging the market and consideration of the various steps of the procurement hierarchy (based on the European waste hierarchy): reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. The various phases are supported by good practice experiences from across Europe.

'Circular procurement' has the potential to transform how public bodies approach their purchases. As well as placing greater emphasis on fulfilling needs and considering lifetime costs, circular economy principles can also facilitate a more holistic consideration of environmental impacts and waste creation across the whole life-cycle of goods and services.

The brochure builds on the direction set in the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy by providing a range of practical steps for considering circularity when carrying out green public procurement (GPP).

For more information and to download the brochure, visit the European Commission's GPP website.
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16 October 2017

UrbanWINS project conducts first CityMatch exchange on GPP

The Metropolitan City of Rome and Portuguese municipal waste authority LIPOR have undertaken a staff exchange on Green Public Procurement in the context of the UrbanWINS project. Held during the CompraVerde-BuyGreen Forum in Rome on 12-13 October, the CityMatch exchange had a topical focus on tendering for furniture and monitoring GPP.

CityMatch is one of the collaborative pilot activities within UrbanWINS where study visits are organised so that technical and policy staff at local authorities can share experiences and initiatives of mutual interest with each other in a structured staff exchange. The second CityMatch study visit will take place in Cremona (Italy) on 20-23 November 2017. Participants will be engaged in the European Waste Management week exploring food and organic resources, waste management collection systems. Interested participants can register their interest in attending by contacting ICLEI's European Secretariat.

The UrbanWINS project started in June 2016 and analyses the waste prevention and management strategies of 24 cities, while performing pilot activities in 8 European cities which seek to increase citizens' involvement in local decisions around waste and resources.

For more information, visit the UrbanWINS website.
 

12 October 2017

SPP Regions project releases 'how-to' procurement videos

The SPP Regions project has released a series of five 'how-to' videos for public procurers. The videos have been produced by SPP Regions project partners Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England (UK) and feature Christine Storry, Project Manager of the PIPEN project.

The series of 8-12 minute videos cover Circular Procurement, Sustainable Procurement, Life Cycle Costing, the use of labels in SPP and Market Engagement. Each video sets out what is meant by the concept and explores how public procurers can integrate it into their tender processes, specifications and broader purchasing policy.

SPP Regions, a Horizon 2020 project coordinated by ICLEI, involves the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). The project will run tender processes in Energy use in public buildings, vehicles and transport and food and catering services, towards achieving 54.3 GWH/year primary energy savings and trigger 45 GWh/year renewable energy.

For more information and to view the videos, visit the SPP Regions website.
 

4 October 2017

New EU Communication on procurement professionalisation

The European Commission has released a communication to the EU Institutions aimed at carrying out public procurement more efficiently and sustainably at a meeting in Strasbourg on 3 October. The Commission is encouraging member states to focus on six priority areas of improvement. It also announced a helpdesk and support mechanism for procurers working on large infrastructure projects, and a targeted consultation on stimulating innovation procurement.

The six priority areas identified for member states are: greater uptake of innovative, green and social criteria in awarding public contracts; professionalisation of public buyers; improving access by SMEs to procurement markets in the EU and by EU companies in third countries; increasing transparency, integrity and quality of procurement data; digitisation of procurement processes; and more cooperation among public buyers across the EU.

Public procurement represents 14% of the EU's GDP, approximately €2 trillion. The Commission recommends that steps should be taken to improve the skills, knowledge and procedural understanding of public procurers, in addition to making better use of digital technology to professionalise the procurement process.

For more information, visit the European Commission website.
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29 September 2017

September EU GPP News Alert features responsible purchasing in Nantes

The September issue of the European Commission's GPP News Alert features a case study on the Responsible Purchasing Promotion Scheme of Nantes Métropole (France). Nantes, which hosts Procura+ participant and regional city network Reseau Grande Ouest (RGO), has identified 11 areas of action in responsible procurement and proposed performance targets to be achieved by 2020.

The scheme translates Nantes' policies into public procurement actions and targets. Several of the 11 areas of action have been developed for GPP, including circular economy, energy transition, organic agriculture and short supply chains. Nantes has a 16-year track record of implementing sustainable public procurement (SPP), from cleaning products to vehicles.

Also featured in Septembers News Alert is new GPP criteria for furniture, GPP and the Circular Economy and an interview with Marie-Amelie Dupraz-Ardiot ofrom the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) on the effect of changes in Swiss procurement law on GPP.

For more information and to read the full edition, visit the European Commission GPP website.
 

26 September 2017

Country factsheets on global SPP published

The 10YFP on Sustainable Procurement has published a collection of 40 “Factsheets on Sustainable Public Procurement in national governments” as a supplement to its 2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement released in June 2017. The factsheets, which each provide country-specific information on SPP, illustrate the current state of sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies, activities, programmes, and monitoring and evaluation systems in national governments around the world.

The factsheets collate 40 national governments' responses to a questionnaire developed in the framework of the research conducted for the 2017 Global Review, and notes that while SPP policies vary widely between national governments across the globe, international networks working on SPP play a crucial role in its advancement and uptake worldwide.

The Global Review published in July 2017 featured Procura+ network participant Ghent (Belgium) as a good practice case study, and explores the progress made in terms of SPP in the past three years at a global scale, highlighting regional trends.

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

20 September 2017

Municipalities sign up to Basque GPP Programme 2020

Udalsarea21, the Basque network of municipalities for sustainability, has signed up to the Basque Government's GPP Programme 2020. The network, composed of 176 municipalities and other public entities, agreed to formally adopt the commitments of the GPP Programme and strive to reach 50% GPP in the procurement of 10 prioritised product groups by 2018 and 50% in 10 additional categories by 2020, including works, services and construction works.

This is the first major adhesion to the voluntary GPP Programme of the Basque Country 2020 after its approval during the last quarter of last year. The GPP Programme seeks to address process objectives, which relate to the integration of GPP into authorities’ procedures and procurement tools; and results objectives, based on greening of public tenders for more than 20 priority groups (ranging from office paper to building and infrastructure works).

The programme's implementation is supervised by Procura+ participant Ihobe, the Basque Environmental Management Agency.

For more information and to download the GPP Programme 2020, visit the Sustainable Procurement Platform Resource Centre.
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19 September 2017

Applications open for UrbanWINS CityMatch Exchange visits

The UrbanWINS project's CityMatch Exchange Programme has announced its first two study visits in Procura+ network participant cities Rome and Cremona. The aim of the CityMatch Exchange Programme is to foster staff exchange between public authorities to develop competence, share knowledge, ideas and working methods on sustainable an innovation procurement in the waste and resources sector.

The first visit will be hosted by the Metropolitan City of Capital Rome on 12-13 October 2017. Participants will discover how furniture circular procurement and Green Public Procurement monitoring work in practice. The second study visit will be hosted by the Municipality of Cremona on 20-23 November 2017. Participants will be engaged in the European Waste Management week exploring on food and organic resources and waste management collection systems.

Applications to attend either study visit from interested staff in public authorities working in the waste and resources sector are currently being invited and can be sent to Philipp Tepper at the ICLEI European Secretariat. Travel and accommodation costs up to €600 can be covered by the project for attendees.

For more information on staff exchanges, visit the UrbanWINS website.
 

18 September 2017

Enhancing cooperation between public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products in Germany

A new national research and communication project dealing with bio-based products in public procurement is being carried out by the University of Würzburg, Germany. The project’s aim is to bring together and intensify information exchange between public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products. As a result more bio-based products should be purchased by public contracting entities so that the vendors will be put into a better market position. The intensified procuring of bio-based products by public contracting entities will give positive signals to private companies and consumers to do the same.

In order to bring together public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products, scientifically sound knowledge of procurement- as well sales-related processes and issues is needed. Empirical studies are to be conducted periodically in order to analyze developments in time and the effects of measures taken during the project.

In the first empirical study more than 1000 public entities answered a questionnaire to determine their knowledge of procuring bio-based products. Based on the results a web-based communication platform that brings together public contracting entities and vendors of bio-based products was developed and implemented.

Public procurers can access the German communication platform here.

Suppliers of bio-based products can use this link.
 

14 September 2017

East Asia GPP Working Group welcomes Chinese and Korean cities

The 10YFP's Working Group on GPP in East Asia has received letters of commitment from Binhai New District, Guangming New District, Urumqi Economic Technological Development Zone (Totunhe District) in China and Suwon City in South Korea.

In July 2017, ICLEI, in cooperation with Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI), assisted Suwon city to produce a procurement guideline on Recycled Asphalt Concrete (RAC) in Korean, which is identified as target for Suwon’s GPP action plan. The guideline includes a basic concept for green product and procurement procedures and methods on RAC. In August 2017, the guideline was distributed to relevant public procurers in Suwon.

The 10 Year Framework Programme (10YFP) is a global framework of actions to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production through international cooperation. Working Group 1A was established to support Chinese and Korean cities enhancing green public procurement at the local level.

For more information, visit the ICLEI East Asia website.
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