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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.