A fire-station building refurbishment, first Valencia’s CEPPI action
The building has a central heating system that does not allow for variable temperatures in different rooms, so it cannot be adjusted for the needs of the individual parts of the building. A similar problem affects the lights of the facility. Other possibilities for innovation and energy saving were identified in the vehicles being used by the fire-brigade. InnDEA Valencia, partner in the project, and the fire station staff have signed a memorandum of understanding to show their commitment to start a PPI intervention for the refurbishment of the building.
The first step to be taken is to carry out an energy audit of the facilities, planned for the upcoming weeks. Afterwards, the CEPPI intervention will start in this highly promising PPI demonstration case.
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Free innovation procurement assistance offered to European procurers
Procurers will be selected on the basis of four criteria: concrete interest and commitment to starting a PCP or PPI project, the potential impact of the procurement, geographical balance of the cases across EU Member States, and level of experience in the implementation of innovation procurement projects. To take part, applicants must complete an online questionnaire.
The deadline for applications is 14 February 2017. The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions. The project runs from 2015 - 2017.
For more information and to apply, visit the eafip website.
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Winners of the Procura+ Awards announced
The City of Copenhagen (Denmark) beat off competition in the category "Sustainable procurement of the year" for its procurement of healthy, sustainable, biodiverse and appetising food. The city aims to ensure that 90 percent of all food procured by the municipality should be organic. Transport for London was awarded “Innovation procurement of the year”. The British capital’s public transport operator sought to reduce the whole life-cycle cost associated with lighting the expansive London Underground network. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the body within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment responsible for infrastructure facilities, was recognised in the category "Tender procedure of the year". RWS used an innovative contract to procure the works and services necessary to widen the A6 motorway.
“I would like to congratulate each award winner for their fantastic achievement. Each organisation has demonstrated how procurement can be used as a valuable tool to achieve strategic sustainability aims,” said Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker, Deputy Mayor, Växjö. The Procura+ Awards are held as part of ICLEI Europe’s Procura+ Network, a network of public authorities at the forefront of sustainable and innovation procurement in Europe.
For more information, read the Press Release.
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