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ISSUE 05 | February 2018

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to send you the fifth and final edition of the CEPPI e-newsletter. CEPPI kicked off in April 2015 and the cities and partners involved in this project have worked to build a community of people interested in sustainable energy solutions through a pro-innovation procurement approach.

Keep watching for the CEPPI project outcomes in the coming months, including examples of tenders and a PPI Guide for Low Energy Cities. 

Enjoy your reading,
Your CEPPI team

In this issue

     1. Project news

     2. Focus on: Wrocław

     3. Other news

     4. Upcoming events

1. Project news

Budapest launches ambitious new procurement targets

Budapest has announced a series of new procurement targets, which demonstrate the ambition of the city. The targets declare the intention of realising innovative and sustainable procurements while aiming for high quality and effectiveness, but minimizing the environmental footprint of purchases. A target for 100% sustainable procurement processes means that every procurement shall contain or shall be driven by at least one issue, item, or contractual obligation under the umbrella of sustainability.

The full set of targets is as follows:

  • 100% of the procurement processes will integrate sustainability and green aspects by 2020
  • At least 30% of the evaluation criteria in the procurement processes will be determined upon sustainable principles by 2020
  • 70% of the newly purchased public transportation vehicles in Budapest will be clean by 2020
  • 1100 electric vehicle chargers will be implemented in the city by the end of 2018
  • 21% reduction of CO2-emission and increased energy savings by 2020
  • At least one procurement training programme per year will be accomplished for employees by 2020

Budapest has linked its training programme commitment to the innovation procurement training that has taken place during the CEPPI project. The targets are part of the Budapest Environmental Program (2017-2021), which was accepted by the General Assembly on the 30th of August 2017.

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CEPPI expert partner presents at European events

CEPPI expert partner Gaynor Whyles of Jera Consulting presented on innovation procurement at two European level events. The first was on innovation procurement experiences at the Conference on Innovation Procurement, which took place under the Estonian EU presidency on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Conference also served as the 3rd annual Major eafip Event. The target audience for the two-day conference was policy makers, public procurers and innovators. Its aims were capacity building, experience sharing and networking about major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities.

Gaynor also presented at the MED PPI Network launch workshop and international working session in Paris on 18 January 2018. She hosted a number of sessions, including representing CEPPI on a PPI Peer Learning Exchange on the challenges faced by European projects dealing with Public Procurement of Innovation. This Peer Learning Workshop, organised as part of the Prominent MED project, provided an opportunity to share experiences and learning in innovation procurement and be inspired and encouraged by the innovation procurement network.

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Valencia launches Market Sounding Prospectus

Valencia City Council has launched its first public procurement of innovation process, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the Central Fire Station. The city, through the Fire Service and the Las Naves Foundation, has taken the opening step with a market sounding prospectus and preliminary market consultation. This is aimed at generating a space for technical dialogue with all economic and innovation agents who want to participate

The procurement is intended to improve the Fire Station facilities, as well as increase the wellbeing of a workforce that spends 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the building. The consultation will test what the current market can offer and obtain the feedback of professionals and technical experts in the sector in order to better shape the subsequent call for tender.

A supplier information day is planned for February 27 in the Central Fire Station. Alongside this, a PIN has been published in Tenders Electronic Daily and a video released that explains the needs and background to the procurement. 

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2. Focus on: Wrocław

Wrocław is the capital of Lower Silesia region and the fourth largest city in Poland, with a population of about 650,000. It is commonly known as the Venice of the North, because of its large system of canals and over 100 bridges. In recent years Wroclaw has focused on developing projects aimed at environmental protection and mitigating climate change. The Wrocław Green Arteries programme involves the establishment of green corridors, with green spaces already accounting for 58.5% of the city. 

Wrocław has also introduced The Mobility Policy, which gives pedestrians and cyclists priority. The Intelligent Transport System encourages people to use public transport and the city wants to promote the use of electric vehicles. There is also a growing city bike rental system in the city, with the number of loans now exceeding one million. The past ten years have seen a 300% increase in bicycle traffic and more than 250 km of new cycle paths has been developed. 

Wrocław’s long-term strategy for a low-emission economy envisages achieving an 80% reduction of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which will be pursued in all identified sectors of the Low-Emission Economy Plan.  

The following are the aims of the plan:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions will cut by 20% relative to the base year by 2020
  • Energy consumption will be cut by 20% relative to the base year by 2020
  • The share of renewable source energy as a proportion of total energy consumption will be increased by 15% by 2020

Wrocław has a focus on energy efficiency in buildings and the city has introduced a number of solutions and programmes to replace traditional furnaces. This includes the KAWKA project, which aims to reduce the emissions of harmful dusts and gases by implementing a modernisation of coal fuelled heating systems in citizens’ buildings. Another project is Green Building, which is adapting a public building to be an example of environmental solutions for the future: energy-saving, using renewable energy sources, and using green infrastructure.

Wrocław has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability on an international level by taking a role in several networks and initiatives. Magdalena Piasecka, Deputy Mayor of Wrocław, sits on ICLEI’s European Regional Executive Committee. In October 2016 Wroclaw joined the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, further stressing its commitment to climate action.

Wrocław joined the CEPPI project to participate in action-learning by adopting, and where necessary adapting, public procurement of innovation (PPI) methodologies in forthcoming tenders. City employees are learning how they can use procurement to saving energy and reduce CO2 emissions.  Two demonstrator projects are being developed in Wrocław:

  • In the Clinical hospital No. 1 in Wrocław
  • In the Wrocławskie Mieszkania - the city company manages property management belonging to the Wrocław Commune

The aim is to transfer PPI knowledge and approaches into organisational procurement practices. The implementation of these projects will reduce energy consumption and create space for innovative solutions.

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3. Other news

GPP and innovation procurement identified in EU's Plastics Strategy

The European Commission's Plastics Strategy released in January 2018 identifies Green Public Procurement (GPP) as a tool for reducing plastic waste, and highlights the role GPP criteria can play in improving the recyclability of plastics. The strategy also recommends that national, regional and local authorities should make greater use of public procurement to support plastic waste prevention and recycling of plastics.

The strategy, which has been proposed to the other European Institutions in an official Communication, aims to play a major role in the transition towards a circular economy. The multi-pronged approach includes additional investment in innovation and guidance as to what public authorities can do - including the strategic use of public procurement - to produce innovative solutions dealing with hazardous substances and contaminants from recycled plastics.

Seen as a follow-on from the 2015 Circular Economy package, the Plastics Strategy is expected to form a central part of the EU's contributions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement objectives on climate change.

For more information, visit the European Commission website.

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Eight new SPP networks join the SPP Regions project

Eight new sustainable public procurement networks have joined the SPP Regions project, committing to sustainability, working together at developing regional supply bases, increasing public sector’s influence on market engagement activities and using joint procurement to benefit from economies of scale.

The new networks cover and include the Piedmont and Salento Regions (Italy); some Italian metropolitan cities, such as Milan, Bologna, Roma and Catania; Catalonia, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands (Spain); Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Finland) and the London Responsible Procurement Network (UK).

The SPP Regions project, coordinated by ICLEI, promotes the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). The project offers support in setting up networks and welcomes new participant cities, networks, regions and municipalities.

For more information or join the project, visit the project’s website or contact the ICLEI coordination team at procurement@iclei.org.

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BuyZET project presents transport mapping to Polis conference

The BuyZET project, which aims to achieve zero emission deliveries through innovative procurement, has presented its transportation footprint mapping exercise at the Polis Conference and Urban Freight Working Group in December 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). Highlighting the importance of public procurement to achieving zero emissions in transport and mobility, the project shared a platform with other CIVITAS urban freight projects and presented to more than 500 delegates.

The transportation footprint mapping exercise identifies high priority procurement areas in order to build up a full picture of the emissions associated with public spend in the 3 core BuyZET partner cities - Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The core partner cities then selected four priority procurement areas to be improved during the project, including building and facility maintenance and repair services; consolidation of deliveries; industrial waste collection; and construction material transportation.

Launched in November 2016, the BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through understanding the full transport footprint and developing innovative procurement plans.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website.

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4. Upcoming events

Procura+ Seminar 2018

The Procura+ series of seminars provide an opportunity for face-to-face exchange amongst purchasers from all levels of government and procurement stakeholders. The programme will contain keynote presentations, workshops and interactive sessions aimed at the development of strategic procurement. This includes building and strengthening the skills needed to set the scope, create targets and implement plans for sustainable, innovation and circular procurement.

Date: 21 and 22 March
Location: Oslo, Norway
Link: www.procuraplus.org/events/procura-seminar-2018/


EcoProcura 2018

European Green Capital City of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability are pleased to announce the 10th edition of the EcoProcura Conference on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement.  Join 400 other procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations in Nijmegen to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement. Online registration will open in spring 2018. If you would like to collaborate or enquire about the 2018 conference, contact ICLEI at: ecoprocura2018@iclei.org.

Date: 3-5 October
Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Link: www.ecoprocura.eu/nijmegen2018/ 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme] under grant agreement No 649720.
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