sustainable public procurement


20 years of sustainable procurement at ICLEI

This year, ICLEI is celebrating 20 years of work on sustainable procurement. The anniversary was launched at a ceremony in Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum on 27 April as part of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns.

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Rijkswaterstaat, creating a sustainable environment

Rijkswaterstaat is the executive body of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment. For over 200 years, Rijkswaterstaat has been responsible for the construction and maintenance of the Dutch highways and waterways. The intense use of the Dutch network of highways, waterways, railways and aircraft (mainports Rotterdam and airport Schiphol Amsterdam) forces the government to pay more and more attention to match these economic pillars with a sustainable environment.

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PAPIRUS guide on implementing public procurement of innovation

A guide to implementing public procurement of innovation (PPI) has been published by the EU-funded PAPIRUS project, providing a basic introduction to the topic as well as recommendations based on the experience of the PAPIRUS project partners.

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Less bureaucracy, higher efficiency

New EU public procurement rules: Less bureaucracy, higher efficiency

Since 18 April 2016, three directives on public procurement and concessions adopted in 2014 have profoundly changed the way Member States and public authorities spend a large part of the 1.9 trillion euros used on European public procurement every year.

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E-procurement to make purchasing processes greener

One of the key changes contained within the new EU public procurement directives is the inclusion of e-procurement as a means to make procurement more transparent and streamlined. Central purchasing bodies within EU Member States are expected to move to full electronic means of communication including electronic bid submission by April 2017. It is expected that e-submission will be mandatory across the EU by October 2018.

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New UNEP report: “Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement”

The 10YFP has released a report entitled “Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement”. The report seeks to provide the ever increasing number of governmental organizations engaged in sustainable public procurement (SPP) with a step-by-step guide to planning, measuring and communicating on the benefits they are creating through the implementation of their sustainable procurement programmes and activities.

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SPP Regions website showcases sustainable public procurement of innovation

The newly launched SPP Regions website showcases the creation and strengthening of networks of public authorities focused on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) in seven European regions: Barcelona, South West England, Bulgaria, Copenhagen, Torino, Metropolitan Region Rotterdam – The Hague, and West France.

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