Three new Procura+ participants join the network

6 February 2017

The City of Eindhoven (Netherlands), Government of Flanders (Belgium) and Transport for London (United Kingdom) have joined the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network. The three participants will each bring existing experience and expertise to the network.

The city of Eindhoven is the 5th largest municipality in The Netherlands. As a knowledge based and innovation oriented city, Eindhoven focuses on creating the needed support structures in the domains of innovation, labour market, technology development and business development. The municipality has a political ambition to become a Living Lab for innovative technology solutions, a smart city, dramatically improving the quality of life of its citizens.

The Government of Flanders attaches great importance to sustainable development. It is by means of sustainable public procurement that the Government of Flanders aims at stimulating sustainable consumption and production. The Government of Flanders aims to serve as a role model and inspire and stimulate other actors to follow suit. The Flemish Action Plan for Sustainable Public Procurement has the objective to achieve 100% sustainable public procurement by the year 2020.

Transport for London (TfL) won Innovation Procurement of the Year in the Procura+ Awards 2016 for its procurement of Energy Efficient Luminaries and Lamps. With support from the EU funded Procurement of Lighting Innovation and Technology in Europe (PRO-LITE) project, TfL introduced a procurement approach which calculated a range of external costs as well as unit price, including installation, maintenance, energy use, carbon and cleaning costs. Indicative results suggest a 25% saving on whole life-cycle costs, and significant reductions in energy consumption. The TfL PRO-LITE Case Study can be found here.

All three cities will share further information on SPP and PPI approaches and successes in their participant profile web pages, which are currently in development.

Basque Government adopts its new GPP Programme

19 January 2017

The Basque Government, in its commitment to use public procurement as an instrument to advance its environmental policies’ objectives has now published its “Green Public Procurement Programme of the Basque Country 2020” in English (also available in Spanish and Euskera).

This is the second programme on this subject approved by the Basque Government. It represents a qualitative improvement as it targets the whole public sector in the region (not only the central government as the previous plan) and promotes actions to institutionalise GPP and ensure the appropriate coordination with the market.

The Programme, of voluntary adherence, sets two types of objectives to be achieved by all adhered public administrations:
1. Process objectives, for the integration of GPP in authorities’ procedures and procurement tools, and
2. Results objectives, based on actual greening of public tenders for more than 20 priority groups (ranging from office paper to building and infrastructure works).

In order to achieve those objectives, the Programme is organised in five strategic areas:
1. Tools and resources for GPP implementation.
2. Integration in procurement processes, procedures and tools.
3. Awareness raising and capacity building.
4. Coordination with the market.
5. Communication, dissemination and networking.

To supervise and plan its deployment an inter-agency Steering Committee is being set up with the initial participation of several Government Departments (Finance, Environment, Social Affairs, Internal Affairs, Education and Health) and Public Organisations, with Procura+ Participant Ihobe (Environmental Management Agency) as coordinator.

The promotion among Basque public authorities has already started - a first meeting was held with the three Basque regions and capitals - to foster adherence and define collaborative work strategies to achieve implementation and results in an efficient way.

New Procura+ Manual launched

17 October 2016

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.

Procura+ Network welcomes three new participants

6 October 2016

The Government of Catalonia (Spain), Birmingham City Council (United Kingdom) and the City of Stavanger (Norway) have joined the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network as participants. The three participants will each bring existing experience and expertise to the network.

The Government of Catalonia has produced GPP guides for products or services that are usually contracted or purchased on a decentralised basis. The Ministry of Territory and Sustainability is the expert body for environmental policy of the Catalan Government and cooperation between Ministries has resulted in the inclusion of environmental criteria in most framework agreements since 2005.

Birmingham City Council established a Green Commission to advise the City Council on achieving its green ambitions of a 60% reduction in total CO2 emissions by 2027 (against 1990 levels). The City identifies innovation and sustainable procurement as key practices to meet this target and is Coordinator of the CEPPI project.

Through the ENIGMA project Stavanger were involved in initiating a joint Pre-Competitive Procurement process, leading to the procurement of innovative solutions and energy efficiency using next generation ICT applications in the context of innovative public lighting systems.

All three cities will be represented at the Procura+ Seminar in Rome on 13-14 October. You can view the Government of Catalonia and Birmingham Participant profiles, with the Stavanger profile to follow soon.

Reykjavik to be carbon neutral by 2040

30 September 2016

Procura+ Participant Reykjavík has put forward a climate policy paper and action plan that would see the city go carbon neutral by 2040. In Reykjavík all electricity is produced with hydroelectric power and houses are geothermally heated. Transport is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest challenge for the city.

In the city’s Municipal Plan 2010-2030 the goal is to change travel modes so that the share of public transport will rise from 4 percent to 12 percent and the ratio of pedestrians and cyclists will rise from 19 percent to over 30 percent by 2030. Procurement will play a role, with plans for a process to be implemented that will support carbon-neutral purchasing.

“Cities play a key role in the fight against climate change. They can react quickly and have many possibilities of enacting change,” said Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík. The Mayor added that the Icelandic capital is in a prime position to meet its highly ambitious target thanks to its abundant renewable energy sources.

For more information, click here.

Copenhagen sustainable procurement strategy profiled

26 September 2016

The City of Copenhagen's strategy and approach to sustainable procurement has been profiled in the September edition of the GPP News Alert. Copenhagen has been a Procura+ Participant since 2015 and is the capital and the most populous city in Denmark. It is also one of Denmark’s largest employers, consisting of seven administrations employing over 40,000 people. Copenhagen’s goal is to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital city, and in 2012 it set up a Unit on Green Public Procurement (GPP) to work across administrative and strategic procurement units to actively seek to move the market in a climate friendly direction.

Since 2005, CO2 emissions in Copenhagen have fallen by 38%. This is mainly due to sustainability strategies regarding sustainable building renovation works, energy savings achieved in the private sector and the implementation of anti-waste strategies. Consideration is then given to how the City’s purchasing actions can help to achieve its strategic (thematic) goals, such as requiring that packaging originates from reused materials, procuring alternative fuel or zero emission vehicles (now at 53%), increasing the number of organic public sector meals - which are now at 88% - etc.

Read the full GPP News Alert case study here and view the Copenhagen Procura+ Profile here.

Procura+ Awards deadline extension

9 September 2016

There is still time to apply for the European Procura+ Awards, with the deadline extended to 7 October 2016. The Awards highlight sustainable and innovation procurements and tender procedures and give visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities and their initiatives.

Winners will be invited to collect their trophies at an awards ceremony, taking place as part of Sustainable City Development 2016 in Malmö, Sweden. This event, which is bringing cities together to consider their role in ensuring the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, will show the importance of sustainable procurement in achieving the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

As well as international recognition, award winners will receive free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference; a published case study on the SP Platform and PPI Platform; publicity in a variety of ICLEI publications; and one year’s free participation in the Procura+ Network. To apply for the Awards, interested parties should send a completed application form to by midnight on 7 October 2016.

For more information, visit the Procura+ Awards page

Procura+ Update delivers the latest procurement news

23 August 2016

The SP Update, a newsletter on sustainable procurement produced by ICLEI Europe and published every four months, has been updated and re-launched as the Procura+ Update. The new-look newsletter will continue to deliver the most important procurement news from across Europe straight to subscribers' inboxes.

The update follows the revamp of the SP Platform and the launch of the updated Procura+ Network website. Both ICLEI Europe-maintained websites are interlinked: the SP Platform provides news and resources to help public procurers more easily embrace sustainable public procurement and green public procurement, while Procura+ gives procurers access to a network of more than 40 European public authorities that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.

The Procura+ Update demonstrates a holistic approach to ICLEI's sustainable procurement work, with the object to make all of ICLEI Europe's sustainable procurement knowledge and resources available to the public under one heading. Subscription to the newsletter can be completed online.

To view the newsletter, visit the SP Platform.

Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative

3 August 2016

The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) saw its membership increase during its recent conference in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), with the host city ending the conference by joining. ‘We aim to be the world’s most sustainable port city and we see joining the STTC as integral to that,’ said Leon Dijk, Sustainable Procurement specialist with Rotterdam City Council. Almost 100 people from across the STTC membership took part in the conference. European Timber Trade Federation Secretary General Andre de Boer told participants that there are early signs that efforts to strengthen the sustainable tropical timber market are paying off, but warned that more needs to be done to make the concept mainstream. He finished by urging companies and organisations to join the STTC.

The STTC recently launched a €2 million funding campaign to help local authorities and businesses to implement sustainable timber procurement policies. The Netherlands has been particularly active in promoting sustainable tropical timber, backing the STTC and implementing a procurement system that has seen a rise in sustainable timber market share from 13.4 percent to 74 percent. The so-called ‘Green Deal’ between the public and private sectors aims to boost sustainable timber’s market share further.

In addition to plenary sessions, the conference featured lively workshops that looked at designing sustainable procurement policies and financial instruments for driving sustainable timber markets. By stimulating demand for sustainable tropical timber, European authorities can prevent deforestation and provide a livelihood for millions of people in developing countries.

For more information on joining the STTC, contact

Procura+ Interest Group provides expert advice at workshop

19 July 2016

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development has already been active, providing expert consultation at a workshop on market engagement in Copenhagen for the SPP Regions project. David Morgan of Cornwall Council, Katja Kardikova of City of Oslo and Maria Pagel Fray of City of Copenhagen all offered their advice and experience to the SPP Regions project partners. They each presented how their organisations are developing supplier engagement and relationships, and hosted a clinic in which SPP Regions partners were able to ask for advice on their own plans for engaging the market.

The Procura+ Interest Group on Market and Supplier Development launched in June 2016. The Interest Group is facilitated by Procura+ Participant Cornwall Council, with the cities of Oslo and Copenhagen, also both Procura+ Participants, joining as the founder members.

The focus of the group will be split across three main topics: assisting businesses in understanding the needs of the public sector and public sector procurement; building effective, competitive markets and driving innovation; and supplier relationship management and continuous improvement.

If you are interested in joining an existing Procura+ Interest Group, or want to find out how to start a new group, visit the Procura+ Interest Group webpage for more details.