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Learn how to GPP: Toolkit available now

27 June 2019

Green Public Procurement (GPP) helps public authorities to buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. The Environment Directorate General of the European Commission recently published the GPP Training Toolkit. The Toolkit was developed by ICLEI Europe and is designed for use by public purchasers and by GPP trainers, or integration in general public procurement training courses and workshops. As such it supports public buyers in implementing GPP across sectors. 

It consists of six independent modules covering themes such as strategic implementation, legal aspects, market engagement and circular economy. In addition, the toolkit includes ten operational modules, which explore GPP implementation in various sectors such as building design, transport, lighting or textiles.

The toolkit comes in the form of modular PowerPoint presentations (including trainer notes) and accompanying guidance.

 

Explore the toolkit here.

If you need further help, consult the GPP Helpdesk. Stay up to date with GPP activities across Europe, subscribe to the GPP Newsalert!

Two examples for sustainable procurement in Chinese cities

26 June 2019

Sustainable procurement is being applied around the world as a tool to achieve environmental and social goals with regards to sustainable consumption and production. ICLEI East Asia, as part of their contribution to the One Planet Network Working Group 1a, recently published two case studies that showcase the ongoing efforts to reach high environmental standards in China.

The first example is the planned procurement of an 'Ice Storage Air Conditioning for a Green Building', in Shenzhen, Guangming district. The AC procurement of the Guangming Cultural and Arts Center was selected to apply green tender criteria. By 2020, the Center is expected to become a landmark public building which meets the highest environmental and energy standards at the national level. In addition to the environmental gains, the procurement has great potential for monetary savings. Example criteria are 'AC system designed with minimum refrigerating capacity and optimized with off-peak electricity tariffs' and 'AC system with the guaranteed end of life collection and disposal services'.

Read the full case study here.

Read the full story here.


The second case study presents an innovative furniture procurement that aims to contribute to a green supply chain in the Binhai New Area, Tianjin. The core procurement team decided to develop a new green evaluation scorecard for school furniture. The award criteria were structured to embrace a broader dimension of environmental performance covering the whole life cycle. Environmental performance is listed out as a separate category and represents 15% of the total assessment, which stands a significant increase from previous practice (4%). The assessment criteria for price and quality represent 30% and 55% respectively.


Lessons learned are that (1) effective communication between the procurement supervisory body and the procuring entity is the key to Binhai's success, (2) that more attention is required in informing the market of new bidding rules and (3) that international cooperation opens up new opportunities for GPP in China such as the work with ICLEI East Asia and Procura+.

Read the full case study here.

 

16 Candidates in the Running for Procura+ Awards

26 June 2019

The scene is set for the 2019 Procura+ Awards, with 16 candidates now through to the next round of selection in the run up to the Award ceremony at the Nordic Edge Expo in Stavanger, Norway, where the winners will be unveiled.

The 16 candidates have been selected from a strong field of over two dozen entries in four contest categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, Outstanding Procurement in ICT, and Procurement Initiative of the Year. With four nominees for each category, the scene is set for a close contest.

Among this years' nominees are Procura+ participants City of Ghent with their procurement of sustainable workwear, the Catalan Governement with a sustainable framework contract for cleaning services, the City of Helsinki with their innovation procurement for their historic stadium. Procura+ participant City of Växjö was nominated for their sustainable food procurement. Nominees for the Procurement Initiative of Year inlcude Procura+ participants Cit of Oslo, City of Zurich, the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat, and Ihobe.

This year’s jury is comprised of high-level representatives with vast experience in procurement practice and policy making. Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö and Procura+ Network Chair, Janos Bertok, Head of the Public Sector Integrity Division at the OECD, and Marzena Rogalska, Acting Director of the European Commission’s DG Grow and Global Director of ICLEI’s Procurement Centre Mark Hidson are all taking part in the judging process.

The Award ceremony will take place at the the Nordic Edge Expo, on 24 September 2019. Nordic Edge promotes solutions for smarter cities and communities and aims to be one of Europe´s most important arenas for knowledge exchange and inspiration to creators of smarter businesses, cities and societies. Established in 2015, Nordic Edge is by far the largest Smart City event in Norther Europe.

The Procura+ Awards is an initiative of ICLEI Europe, with support from the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.

For more information on the 2019 awards, visit the Procura+ Awards page.

We are hiring: Officer in Sustainable and Innovation Procurement

25 June 2019

The Sustainable Economy and Procurement team at ICLEI is looking to fill the position of Sustainable and Innovation Procurement Officer at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany).

ICLEI's Sustainable Economy and Procurement team has been working on the topics of sustainable, strategic and innovation procurement for 22 years. In more recent years our work has expanded to cover the topic of circular local economies. The team offers support to public authorities in implementation activities, spreading awareness of the concepts, developing new approaches, capacity building and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.

We are looking for a person who has experience of sustainable and innovation procurement to complement the existing expertise within the team.

The deadline for applications is 14 July 2019. The description of the position and information on how to apply can be found on the ICLEI jobs page.

We look forward to your application!

10 challenges & good practices for circular public procurement

19 June 2019

Public procurement holds the power to implement sustainable production and consumption across sectors. To achieve high impact with regards to resource use, procurement needs to involve circular principles.

A new report developed by Climate KIC, the City of Malmö and the City of Helsinki as part of the Circular City project, recognises the important role that public authorities play in the transition to a circular economy. The report -  'The challenges and potential of circular procurements in public construction projects', points out that circular procurement focusing on construction projects can be the instrument to address the increasing challenge that cities face regarding their resources.

Circular procurement is still a relatively new theme and especially in the construction sector, circular procurements are still rare globally. The report outlines 10 challenges for the uptake of circular procurement such as 'procurements are locked down in the planning phase' or 'Lack of information and circular economy expertise is reflected in every stage of procurement'. Integrating circularity into the procurement for the public construction sector is possible as a curated case catalogue demonstrates as part of the report.

Among the 10 good practice cases are examples from ICLEI member Gothenburg, Sweden, Procura+ Participants Haarlem, the Netherlands and Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as GLCN City Helsinki, Finland. The ladder showcases the procurement for multifunctional space in the Laasko Hospital with the goals of easy maintenance and material longevity.

In the EU context, the new report connects well to the Circular Economy Action Plan, which was published by the EU Commission in 2017. Procurement specific guidance can also be found in the report on Public Procurement for a Circular Economy.

Looking ahead, the report concludes that to much more experience is needed about the use of recycled materials before circular building can become a standard procedure in the sector. Also, it will be important to incorporate emissions and cost calculations into pilot projects to make it easier to justify the benefits of circular building materials in the future. All in all, the report underlines the big opportunity to create systematic change towards circularity through public purchasing power.

 

Read the full report here.

Browse our Resource Centre for more material on circular procurement.

Are you ready to boost your procurement power?

13 June 2019

ICLEI is excited to bring opportunities to procurers to engage with suppliers and public authorities across Europe to discover and shape new innovative and sustainable solutions to their purchasing needs. ICLEI can link procurers’ plans and needs with funded projects, such as the Big Buyers Initiative and the Innovation Procurement Brokers, that can bring procurers closers to other buyers or suppliers.

The Big Buyers Initiative is a European Commission platform for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement. ICLEI is looking for ambitious and committed public authorities willing to work together to develop pioneering approaches to procurement, and develop strategic joint actions to help move the market. For that, different working groups on different procurement sectors are being set up. Practitioners interested in joining, just have to check the Big Buyers Initiative webpage.

On the other hand, the Innovation Procurement Brokers is a project that brings public buyers and suppliers of innovation together. If you are a procurer and already have a need, ICLEI and other expert partners can connect you with SMEs and start-ups from across Europe that can provide or develop innovative solutions to meet your challenge. If you are at an earlier stage, the Innovation Procurement Brokers team can also support you to identify and refine your needs. For more information, visit here.

New UNECE Recommendation - emphasis on sustainable purchasing

31 May 2019

Procurement commitments under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Public Procurement (GPA) have been estimated at around EUR 1.3 trillion.

This is enormous purchasing power that can drive investment and innovation towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns, to address for instance, challenges linked to air, soil and water pollution, or occupational health and safety.

To help public authorities and companies embrace more responsible practices, while avoiding additional administrative burdens for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) trading across borders, UN/CEFACT has developed UNECE Policy Recommendation on Sustainable Procurement. The Recommendation provides a minimum set of common criteria to select sustainable suppliers, and meet increasing government and consumer demand for products and services that achieve value for money, while complying with fundamental environmental, social and health standards.

According to the Recommendation, a sustainable vendor rating model should contain a minimal set of commonly accepted social and environmental performance indicators that measure the suppliers’ sustainability performances. Defining a set of minimal sustainability criteria is a crucial goal for simplifying the compliance procedures at a global level, where global supply chains operate, and market forces maximize their synergies by simultaneously engaging Multi-National Corporations and MSMEs.

Read more here.

Access the full recommendation here.

Oslo conference showcases procurement as tool for cities to initiate change

29 May 2019

Sometimes procurement is described as the ‘sleeping giant’ of the sustainable development world. However, if used correctly and with sufficient leverage procurement can be a powerful tool to achieve social and environmental objectives. This was the key message shared at the recently held Urban Global Future Conference, which took place in GLCN city Oslo (Norway).

"Results can be surprising when leveraging procurement as a tool, it may not be the obvious approach, however, a powerful one that can do good for both environmental and social sustainability"  said Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI Sustainable Procurement Centre: Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe.

In helping to ‘wake the giant’, ICLEI Europe hosted a session, during the conference, on how to get started on green public procurement. During the session, where GLCN cities Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Oslo as well as Procura+ Participant Aalborg (Denmark) had the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, it became clear that for green procurement to be successful, it needs to start from a solid foundation.

That is to say, it is important to gain an understanding of the European policy context as well as to leverage local political support and to harness existing guidance documents, which include lessons learned from other cities. The City Oslo is a prime example for this process of introducing sustainable procurement to now being a lighthouse for instance on developing zero-emission construction sites. The agenda also receives support by the wider cutting-edge sustainability approach i.e. having a carbon budget for the whole city. With the European Green Capital 2019 award, the city of Oslo may be the place to witness sustainability put into local action, actively shaping how urban future could look like.

For more information and to learn more how your local authority can harness the power of public procurement to achieve social and environmental goals, take a look at ICLEI’s Guidance Material: P+ Manual & Buying Green.

The next Urban Future Conference will take place in Lisbon 2020 and then in Rotterdam 2021.

New toolkit on better waste prevention and management released

23 May 2019

The UrbanWINS team has now released its final toolkit A guide on urban metabolism and participatory processes for more efficient urban waste policies, that can inspire urban waste agents – from decision makers to waste companies – to improve the sustainability of cities by interpreting waste issues and policies in an innovative way. The toolkit addresses a wide range of stakeholders.

The document includes a corpus of 70 best practices - covering different waste streams – that can be relevant for cities; a chapter on urban metabolism and its implementation tools – i.e. UMAn and LCA applications -, and a detailed section on stakeholder engagement processes. The goal of the toolkit is to encourage other towns and cities in Europe and beyond to replicate the UrbanWINS approach and to build upon it.

UrbanWINS is a three-year project funded by the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 20202 that has studied how cities consume resources, materials and products, and how they get rid of the waste produced in order to develop and test innovative plans and solutions aimed at improving waste prevention and management.

The UrbanWINS toolkit is free and can be downloaded here.

Procurement experts gather, as circularity becomes the new normal

21 May 2019

To advance the circular economy domestically, Recycling Council of Ontario hosts featured experts from around the world that recognize the strength and value of purchasing power to change markets, along with Canadian representatives from all levels of governments and their agencies, as well as suppliers and vendors, to share knowledge and resources, showcase best practices, and network.

Circular procurement is a practice that will advance the circular economy, which focuses on the full value of goods, services, public works, and infrastructure investments. It also has the potential to fulfil economic (cost savings), environmental (low-carbon; waste reduction), and socio-economic (social enterprise; unique public and private partnership) interests simultaneously.

The Circular Procurement Summit, June 11-13th, Toronto, provides the opportunity to enhance awareness of circular economy, verify the importance of procurement to advance Canada’s circular economy, exchange on best practice in circular procurement from around the globe, access resources and tools that support concepts into practice and measure results, educate vendors and service providers that engage with the public and private sector buyers.

Alongside other procurement experts, Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre will be speaking at the Circular Procurement Summit. From Mark’s perspective, circular public procurement has the potential to catalyse innovation and sustainability as well as to provide access to markets for SMEs and to gain the trust of citizens in public authorities. It is a key mechanism to address greenhouse gas emissions, local air and water quality, the use of hazardous substances and raw material usage.

Learn more about the Circular Procurement Summit and how to register here.