August 2015


3rd Newsletter

Dear reader.
Welcome to the third edition of Green ProcA’s semi-annual electronic newsletter for purchasers in public institutions and political decision makers. This time, in addition to GPP news and events, we will present you a best practice example from the city of Dormagen (Germany), which was able to reduce its electricity use for street lighting by 50 percent by moving to highly efficient bulbs.
We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter.


Best Practice
City of Dormagen, Germany, reduces electricity for street lighting use by 50 percent

The City of Dormagen in Germany has achieved energy savings for street lighting of some 50 percent since 2006 by moving to highly efficient bulbs. Dormagen officials expect energy savings to amount to 65 percent over 2006 levels upon completion of its lighting initiative in spring 2016, despite the expansion of its lighting system. The result: a CO2 emissions reduction of 889.442 tonnes annually. The city’s efforts illustrate just how effective relatively simple measures can be.

“Such successes are not uncommon in the area of street lighting,” comments Andreas Kress, senior expert for green public procurement at the city network, Climate Alliance. “Switching to LED lighting proves cost-effective and easily replicable, offering local authorities tangible energy savings.” In 2006, street lighting in Dormagen was responsible for 3,161,829 kWh of energy use. This number was brought down to 1,569,551 kWh in 2014.

Dormagen began its lighting initiative in 2007 and 2008 by replacing old mercury vapour lighting to more efficient sodium vapour high pressure lighting in 4,900 street lights using performance contracting. As of 2011, the city shifted to even more efficient LED lights, installing 607 by 2013 and subsequently announcing contracting for an additional 4,045 lights.

Special attention was paid to the tendering process, where Dormagen relied on the Sustainable Business Institute’s “Financing Contracting” sample contract as a basis. In the tender a focus was placed not only on the net present value of the lights, as is typical, but also on the contract duration, product durability, length of warranty and polluting potential. By emphasising factors that affect the entire life-cycle of the products in question including the costs and benefits over this life-cycle, cities can paint a more realistic picture of their procurement strategies.

Efforts such as Dormagen’s are currently being supported by the EU-funded project known as Green ProcA. Green ProcA offers information on green public procurement for public purchasers as well as free consultations and training sessions. Municipalities across Europe can follow Dormagen’s example and take part in the project with so-called “lighthouse projects,” thereby receiving free assistance in the tendering process as well as in the use of life cycle cost calculation tools.

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1 August 2015
Green ProcA notice
New prize for green public procurement

Europe's public authorities are major consumers. By using their purchasing power to choose environmentally friendly goods, services and works, they can make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production.

In 2015, the first Green ProcA Awards for Green Public Procurement will be awarded in three categories. The projects will be judged on basis of the following criteria: CO2 savings, innovation, transferability, social responsibility, country-specific procurement standards and the overall performance of the city.

The application period for the national awards starts on 1 November and ends on 31 December 2015. The national winners take part in the Europe-wide award. More information is coming out soon on the Green ProcA website. For further information please contact Climate Alliance, Susanne Brandt, s.brandt@klimabuendnis.org.


15 July 2015
Call opened for hosting the tenth EcoProcura Conference in 2017
The EcoProcura provides a platform for exchange and dialogue amongst purchasers from all levels of governments, suppliers and policy-makers on strategies and the latest practical solutions for implementing Sustainable Public Procurement and Innovation Procurement.

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30 June 2015
Cheaper and greener cleaning services with sustainable procurement
To reduce costs and increase efficiency, LIPOR, the body responsible for managing the waste produced by eight municipalities in the Porto Metropolitan Area (Portugal) employed a restricted procedure by pre-qualification to contract for cleaning services.

In all stages of the process, sustainability criteria were included. The contract performance clauses also focused on social responsibility.

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23 June 2015
Procurement of Innovation Award 2015 - Nominees selected
Successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient products or services are recognised by the Public Procurement of Innovation Award. This year, eight nominees were selected for the Procurement of Innovation Award 2015:


Federal Procurement Agency, Austria
CAK healthcare and elderly care agency, The Netherlands
Stockholm County Council (Karolinska University Hospital), Sweden
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Province, Poland
Galician Public Health Service, Spain
Consip - Central Purchasing Body, Italy
Rijkswaterstaat, The Netherlands
Municipality Achtkarspelen, together with Municipality Tytsjerksteradiel, The Netherlands

The finalists will be announced in September.

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18 June 2015
Presentations from the “Low-Carbon Procurement in Practice” workshop available
The seminar, held in Riga (Latvia) on 21 May 2015, offered insights into good practices and methods to overcome obstacles while driving low-carbon public purchases for supplies, works and services. The results of the two projects, PRIMES and GPP2020, were also showcased.

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9 June 2015
G7 leaders promise the promotion of safe and sustainable supply chains
Following the G7 Summit in Germany, the G7 group gave a joint declaration in which they promised to foster “labour rights, decent working conditions and environmental protection in global supply chains.” They will “strive for better application of internationally recognised labour, social and environmental standards, principles and commitments in global supply chains” while engaging “with other countries, for example within the G20, to that end.”

The comments are included in the Leaders' Declaration.

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18 May 2015
New global Lead Cities Network on sustainable public procurement launched
In April 2015, a new global Lead Cities Network on sustainable public procurement was launched during ICLEIs World Congress in Seoul. Cities including Seoul, Cape Town, Helsinki, Ghent and Rotterdam are amongst the founders. They have committed to taking an exemplary role globally by putting SPP into action in setting ambitious, quantified targets for its implementation, developing a clear implementation strategy and undertaking an evaluation of performance.

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8 May 2015
Vienna – one of the world’s most successful cities in green procurement
Over 135,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions have been prevented and financial savings totalling over 63 million euros made since 2004 – Ökokauf Wien has become one of the world’s most successful city programmes on sustainable procurement. The success of the project, which started 1998, is a result of the cooperation and drive stemming from the city’s procurement and environment departments, which goes hand in hand with political buy-in. The city developed tools, including extensive lists of procurement criteria and product databases, via municipal working groups on the various products and services purchased. Staff were then equipped with the knowledge required to include sustainability criteria in their procurement. Ökokauf Wien also claims to have positive effects on both health and cooperation between the city departments.

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4 May 2015
Impact of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives on HVAC products
The requirements for heating, ventilation and air conditioning have been changed by two European directives, the Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Labelling Directive. An article from “BUILD UP” gives an overview of the changes.

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A Practical Guide to Public Procurement
An accessible guide to public procurement under the 2014 directives, the document analyses relevant cases from the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as UK, and Irish courts. Key points are illustrated by case studies and practical examples throughout the text. The guide costs $159.50.


Supporting Public Procurement of Building Innovative Solutions: Cross-border appraisal of the state of the art
This report looks at the current state of the art of building ventilation, identifying what is currently available on the market and areas where there is further room for growth and improvement.




26 – 28 August 2015 | Florence, Italy
Mediterranean Green Buildings and Renewable Energy Forum


28 – 30 August 2015 | Dortmund, Germany
Trade fair for fair trade


9 – 11 September 2015 | Lausanne, Switzerland
CISBAT 2015- "Future Buildings and Districts - Sustainability from Nano to Urban Scale"


10 – 11 September 2015 | Juan-les-Pins, France
CLIMAMED 2015: Mediterranean Congress of Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning


14 – 18 September 2015 | Hamburg, Germany
European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - EU PVSEC 2015


15 September 2015 | Paris, France
2nd European Forum for Public Procurement of Healthcare Innovation
For more information and to register, contact s.bourg@resah.fr


24 – 25 –September 2015 | Berlin, Germany
17th Procurement Conference 2015


24 September 2015 | Lorient, France
3rd Meeting on Responsible Public Procurement


30 September – 1 October 2015 | Maastricht, Netherlands
Competitive Dialogue and Negotiated Procedures Master Class


30 September 2015 | Graz, Austria
Austrian conference on sustainable & innovation procurement



7 – 8 October | Rome, Italy
CompraVerde - BuyGreen - International Forum on Green Purchasing


14 October 2015 | Brussels, Belgium
Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Heating & Cooling: public workshop


20 – 21 October 2015 | Dubrovnik, Croatia
European Public Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Concessions


4 – 5 November 2015 | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
RENEXPO® BiH - International Trade Fair and Conferences 2015


3 – 6 November 2015 | Rimini, Italy
Ecomondo 2015


11 November 2015 | Barcelona, Spain
Procura+ seminar


12 – 13 November 2015 | Maastricht, Netherlands
The New Procurement Directives, Electronic Procurement and Practical Implications


17 – 19 November 2015 | London, United Kingdom
Strategies in Light Europe



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Project coordinator
Vanessa Schmidt
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Climate Alliance
Public relations
Andreas Kress
Tel: +49-69-717139-33





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