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European Commission publishes innovation procurement guidance

17 May 2018

New guidance has been published by the European Commission's DG GROW, addressing the fundamental aspects of innovation procurement - why it is important, who should be interested, and most importantly, how it can be done.

The guidance is based around good practice examples, and aims to help public procurers with a range of practical issues, including reducing administrative burdens, using selection criteria effectively, mobilising innovation brokers, and implementing SME-friendly payment schemes. It covers a range of alternative public procurement procedures - such as competitive dialogue, design contests and innovation partnerships - providing inspiration and advice for implementing these.

In addition to practical examples, the guidance also highlights wider innovation procurement initiatives, such as the Procure2Innovate project on establishing and expanding innovation competence centres in 10 EU Member States, and draws attention to important points for sharing and learning about international experiences in innovation procurement, including the Procurement of Innovation Platform and the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network.

This guidance is released as part of the Renewed Agenda for Research and Innovation, and is available here.

EcoProcura 2018: Four days left to submit to call for contributions

15 May 2018

With only four days left until the call for contributions closes, don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your work to attendees from across Europe and other world regions at EcoProcura 2018 – a three day conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands).

The deadline for the call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions is Friday 18 May.

Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.

Organisations, projects and businesses, which offer sustainable procurement services and expertise, are also invited to apply for a space at the EcoProcura 2018 Exhibition zone.  The Exhibition zone will serve as a key meeting and networking spot, featuring procurement- related initiatives and organisations. For more information about costs and layout and to secure your spot today, contact us at ecoprocura2018@iclei.org.

For all the latest conference updates and information, from information on breakout sessions, practical information on Nijmegen and how to get to the city, and information about our speakers, visit the conference website.

Credibility of ecolabels challenged by new report

11 May 2018

Ecolabels have come to play an important role in how many consumers - and procurers - reassure themselves about the environmental and ethical implications of the things that they buy. But the credibility of many prominent ecolabels has been challenged by a recent report from the Changing Markets Foundation, which raises questions about the role that ecolabels should play in sustainable public procurement.

The False Promise of Certification focuses on three areas - palm oil, fisheries and textiles. Growing consumption and unsustainable sourcing in each of these has been the source of major environmental problems, and they are also now the subject of some of the largest and best known ecolabel schemes. The vast majority of these ecolabels, however, have been found to be ineffective: they lack transparency, they fail to set adequate standards, and ultimately, they have been certifying unsustainable practices and have failed to halt environmental destruction.

Ecolabel criteria are often drawn on by procurers to set their sustainability specifications, and certification under a relevant ecolabel scheme is often accepted as proof that a product meets the desired standards. This report suggests that, at the very least, procurers need to consider carefully the governance of schemes and how and why criteria have been set when drawing from ecolabels. Moving forward, this may signal a need for wider change in procurement practices.

The full report on "The False Promise of Certification" can be read here.

Webinar on employment conditions in the electronics sector

8 May 2018

A webinar organised by Electronics Watch will take place on Tuesday the 29th of May 11am - 12pm, looking at the specific links between employee suicides and employment conditions.

Titled "The Missing Link: Suicide & Employment Conditions in the Chinese Electronics Sector", the webinar is based on a forthcoming report by the Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch. Webinar participants will be guided through the impacts on human health of particular employment conditions, including income, shift work, the speed and intensity of work, overtime, time-off, respect, discipline and violence, and will provide recommendations on what industry, the Chinese government, and public buyers can and should do to mitigate these risk.

Electronics Watch is also currently working with ICLEI and other partners on the Make ICT Fair project, which aims to improve the lives of workers impacted in ICT supply chains. This project began in November 2017 and will run for three years.

To find out more about the webinar and to register, please click visit the Electronics Watch webpage.

More ambition encouraged for the new Clean Vehicles Directive

4 May 2018

The Clean Vehicles Directive was first introduced by the European Commission in 2009 in order to promote innovation and help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles by requiring public authorities to take energy consumption and emissions into account when purchasing vehicles.

Almost ten years on, the Commission is continuing to encourage innovation by proposing new targets and a reform the Clean Vehicles Directive to make it easier for public procurers to use.

The European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has now produced a draft opinion on these proposals which calls for greater ambition, arguing that requiring the procurement of "ultra-low emission vehicles" is an essential opportunity to deepen and broaden innovation in the European vehicle manufacturing sector, pushing it to regain the lead in the global market for these technologies.

The present formulation of the Clean Vehicles Directive remains in force. For more information on how to comply with this regulation and implement green vehicle procurement, the Clean Fleets project - coordinated by ICLEI - developed a range of resources including guidance, training and a LCC tool, all avialable online.

URBACT Procure promotes making change through public procurement

2 May 2018

Launched in September 2015, the URBACT Procure project was created to provide a space for 11 European cities to exchange and develop solutions to major urban challenges and promote sustainable urban development using public procurement.

Over the past two years, the project partners have met to explore a number of social, economic and environmental topics, including a masterclass delivered by ICLEI on social and green public procurement.

Now drawing to a close, the URBACT Procure project has released a range of resources to help introduce the potential of public procurement and changed spending culture to a wider audience. A video titled "How we spend money can make a difference" and an accompanying infographic on "How to add value in public procurement" provide an easy overview of public procurement, including tips and recommendations which came out of the networks findings. Versions of the video are also available with translated subtitles in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian and Polish on Procure’s YouTube channel.

For more information on URBACT Procure visit the URBACT website.