The Procura+ Network has several Strategic Partners, whose role is to support and promote the activities of the Procura+ Network
Ecoinstitut was founded in 1999 and has since then been working for the environment and the incorporation of sustainability principles in all sectors of society, in order for them to become a reality both locally and globally. The knowledge of how public administrations work and the experience accompanying them in their environmental improvement through, among others, sustainable procurement, had made Ecoinstitut a strong partner to Procura+ since its launch in 2004.
Contact person: Aure Adell, Project Coordinator
Ecoinstitut works for international, national and local clients offering specific support and strategic vision in sustainable public procurement by: developing policies, improving internal processes, drafting tender clauses, providing support in its inclusion and contract’s award, conducting training activities, the dissemination and communication of successes both internally and externally, and early supplier engagement, among others.
Furthermore, the materials produced by Ecoinstitut are the basis and reference for much of the resources developed by other Spanish administrations (as the Government of Aragon, Andalusia, Cordoba Regional Council, etc.).
Sustainable Procurement Activities
Ecoinstitut has a great deal of experience in sustainable public procurement and has undertaken the following initiatives:
Ecosistemi has over fifteen years of consultancy experience in sustainable development, particularly on sustainable consumption and production. It is the leading organisation in Italy for the provision of support and consultancy on Green Public Procurement (GPP) and has a long standing experience in European funded projects promoting sustainability. Ecosistemi has been working on the development and implementation of policies and strategies for GPP since 2002.
Contact person: Livia Mazzà, Environmental Consultant
Ecosistemi has supported numerous public authorities in carrying out the following activities:
Ecosistemi has designed and implemented training courses on GPP for many Italian public authorities, including: Consip-National Purchasing Agency, Province of Cremona, Regional Agency of Environmental Protection of Lazio, Municipality of Arezzo, Formez, Region Marche, Region Lombardia, Region Sardinia and Region Sicily. It has assisted public organisations in the definition and implementation of communication plans that target enterprises and potential suppliers by, for example:
Since 2005, Ecosistemi was appointed the Technical Secretary of the National Working Group on GPP for Local Agenda 21 where it delivered the Life+ project GPPinfoNET, whereby 6 regional GPP networks were created in Italy and another 3 in Europe (Romania, Poland and Spain). Several of these regional networks focus on the use of GPP as a tool for CO2 reduction and promotion of energy efficiency.
Ecosistemi is the co-organiser of the Green Purchasing International Forum "CompraVerde - BuyGreen", that takes place every year, in Rome since 2014. Since its launch, Ecosistemi has led a number of initiatives, such as a series of GPP training seminars known as “GPP from A to Z”, the CompraVerde Award for the best GPP policy and the best green tender, and the Green Contact which is a contact point set up between suppliers and consumers. The event also became the first Italian Forum to obtain the certification for the sustainable management of events in 2009 which is annually maintained and updated in accordance with the ISO20121 standard.
In 2010 Ecosistemi signed an agreement to become the Italian national partner of ICLEI for the Procura+ Campaign. Two Italian local authorities are among Procura+ participants, the Municipality of Cremona and the Province of Rome (stand 2014).
Over the years, adhesions to the Procura+ Campaign by Italian local authorities have decreased, mainly given to the fact that the Italian public administration system is going through a very difficult period characterised by significant financial cuts and administrative changes that make difficult any kind of “out of the ordinary” investment.
Ecosistemi believes that motivation for participating in the Procura+ Campaign for Italian public authorities that are seriously engaged in the implementation of GPP policies shall mainly come from access to EU projects partnerships and visibility at EU level.
Other relevant work
Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG), formerly known as INETI, is the largest public sector research and development institution in Portugal, focused on providing services to the public sector. LNEG works on sustainable procurement in close cooperation with private and public organisations. It was involved in the SMART SPP project and takes part in the GPP 2020 project focussing on low-carbon procurement.
Contact person: Paula Trindade, Researcher, Building SPP Coordinator
The Centre for Sustainable Business Development (CENDES) is a department within LNEG whose aim is to be a landmark on Sustainable Development by promoting a more balanced society in economical, environmental and social terms. CENDES is an agent for the adoption of eco-efficiency and sustainable principles in business global management, the creation of new competences for sustainability, the stimulation of (eco) innovation, the integration of social aspects and the promotion of multi-stakeholders dialogue.
LNEG has implemented several projects and activities since 2003, becoming a leader organisation on sustainable procurement. The main activities focus on:
Two training activities on SPP were carried out in Portugal lately: one took place on 27th November 2013 in ISEP, Porto, integrated in the 6th meeting of the Procura+Portugal network and another on 9th April 2014, as part of the 7th meeting of the network.
One of the outputs of the Building SPP is a set of recommendations to the national procurement strategies, aiming to favour and improve SPP implementation in Portugal and Greece. The final conference of the Building SPP project has just taken place on 16th September 2014. The conference was held in Lisbon and was a major national event about sustainable procurement. Topics such as networking, green and social criteria, market involvement and sustainable procurement strategies were addressed.
The Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) in Graz is an interdisciplinary research institute dealing with issues of socially and environmentally sound technology design, established in 1988. The prime objective of IFZ’s interdisciplinary team of 22 experts is to contribute to socially and environmentally sound, sustainable and gender-equitable technology design. The IFZ has four research units. One is called “Ecological Product Policy” and its main topic is “Green Public Procurement” (GPP).
IFZ website: http://www.sts.aau.at/
Contact person: Angelika Tisch, Leader of the "Ecological Product Policy" research unit
The institute is mainly financed through research contracts. Their clients and partners include governmental bodies at municipal, provincial, federal and international level along with research institutions and companies. The IFZ receives institutional sponsorship from the Province of Styria and City of Graz. The institute publishes quarterly its periodical “Soziale Technik”.
For more than 10 years, the research unit offers the information centre “Procurement Service Austria” (www.nachhaltigebeschaffung.at) in the course of which public procurers are supported to write green tenders and to procure green products and services. Twice a year, the “Procurement Service Austria” publishes the newsletter "take it!" for the latest information on green procurement. The centre is financed by the Austrian Ministry of Environment.
The IFZ was assigned by the Ministry of Environment to support the process of developing the Austrian Action Plan for Sustainable Public Procurement. The IFZ also supports the current process of developing core criteria for social responsible public procurement.
Besides the “Procurement Service Austria”, the IFZ has participated in several European and national research projects concerning green, social responsible and innovative public procurement.
PlanMiljø was established by CEO Bjørn Bauer in 1990 as an environmental consultancy. PlanMiljø has been involved in several partnerships on SCP with governments; both in terms of development of guidelines; and tools for businesses; as well as strengthening of green procurement in public authorities. PlanMiljø is one of the most experienced players in the field of Green Public Procurement (GPP) in Denmark, and we have supported many public authorities both on a national, Nordic and international level. PlanMiljø is currently managing ‘The Secretariat for Green Public Procurement’ of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA). The purpose of the secretariat is to promote and facilitate GPP in Danish public authorities.
Contact person: Rikke Fischer-Bogason
We are located in beautiful surroundings in Østrup some 35 km west of Copenhagen, on a smallholding established in the 17th century. The farm and the surrounding fields driven as an organic farm, frame the workspace of the consultants with access to plenty of light and fresh air – to inspire innovatove and sustainable thinking.
PlanMiljø is a small company with a young and enterprising team. Our flat structure makes for an agile and flexible consulting firm, able to pursue innovative ideas, develop and apply new methods, and constantly strive to more than fulfill the expectations of our partners and clients.
In addition to its solid client base of Danish ministries, municipalities and businesses, PlanMiljø has an excellent reputation abroad. We have completed projects in more than 60 countries for Danida, the European Commission, SIDA, the World Bank, and UN agencies. Moreover, we have a wealth of experience as partner in projects for the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
In addition, some Strategic Partners may wish to become national/regional focal points for Procura+, with the following additional responsibilities:
Be part of a Network that is at the forefront of a European movement towards developing and implementing sustainable procurement
Influence the strategic agenda of sustainable procurement and innovation procurement and receive high international visibility towards the European Commission, National Ministries and other key organisations such as the United Nations
Priority participation in ICLEI-led projects and speaking at ICLEI sustainable procurement events
Any organisation able to fulfil the roles outlined above at the European, national and/or regional level may become a Strategic Partner, following approval by the Network Management.
All Strategic Partners / Steering Group members will be required to sign an agreement with ICLEI, which will define the roles and responsibilities.
It is estimated that 5-7 days per year will be required to fulfil the role. Strategic Partners are expected to attend two meetings per year (one in person, and one teleconference). Travel costs are to be covered by the Strategic Partners, although where possible ICLEI will try to cover these through relevant funded projects.
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