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16 November 2016

Procura+ Manual Launched

The 3rd Edition of the Procura+ Manual was launched at the Procura+ Seminar in Rome on 13 and 14 October 2016. This fully updated and revised edition of the Procura+ Manual aims to position sustainable procurement in the current economic, political and legal framework. As with previous editions, it acts as a central point of reference for public authorities and others wishing to understand and implement sustainable procurement.

The manual includes practical advice on how to integrate sustainability into procurement and a model for systematically implementing sustainable procurement – the Procura+ Management Cycle. The manual also explores the possibilities for sustainable and innovation procurement set out within the 2014 Directives, together with how they can be applied in practice.

Key guidance is provided on sustainable procurement approaches for six high-priority product groups – construction, IT equipment, cleaning products, food, vehicles and electricity. Links and references throughout the text showcase good practice examples from around Europe, including many from participants of the Procura+ Network, more detailed information on the product groups covered and a variety of further implementation tools.

The Procura+ Manual is published by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and produced as part of the SPP Regions project.

For more information, download the Procura+ Manual.
11 November 2016

European project releases e-learning on PPI implementation

PAPIRUS project (Public Administration Procurement Innovation to Reach Ultimate Sustainability), a pilot initiative in the field of public procurement of innovation funded by the European Union Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programmes, released an online training dedicated to public procurers across Europe.

The training focuses on how to procure innovation. Participants can also learn from the experience and the principles on which public procurement of innovation (PPI) is based. The course also offers information on the benefits of PPI, the implementation of rules and the steps needed, as well as lessons learned from the PAPIRUS project. The online course is open to everyone.

The main goal of the PAPIRUS project was to introduce public procurement processes aiming at obtaining nearly zero energy materials for the repair and construction of buildings. The buildings included were located in Germany, Italy, Norway and Spain. The overall objective was to enable the European community to achieve sustainable construction.

To sign up for the online course, visit here
26 October 2016

Municipalities encouraged to change street lights to reduce costs

Cities across Europe are being encouraged to use energy performance contracting (EPC) to install more efficient street-lighting, using the money saved through lower electricity bills to fund the conversion costs. Old street lighting systems account for between 30 - 50 percent of municipalities' total energy consumption, but new lighting technology can achieve energy savings of between 30 - 70 percent.

EU legislation reflects the potential for energy savings to be achieved through the conversion of lighting infrastructure, mandating that currently used lamps are phased out by 2017. LED technology offers greater efficiency and quality, with relatively short payback periods in terms of EPC.

The project “Streetlight – EPC” is working with municipalities in nine European regions to use EPC to install greener street lighting. Regional EPC facilitation helpdesks have been set up in each of the project regions, providing one-on-one support to both municipalities and SMEs. The project aims to implement 36 EPC projects, triggering €49 million in investments and achieving annual savings of 32,100 MWh and €4.8 million.

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