February 2016


4th Newsletter


Dear reader

Welcome to the fourth edition of Green ProcA´s semi-annual electronic newsletter for purchasers in public institutions and political decision makers. We will present you GPP news, events and publications.

The Green ProcA team hopes that you enjoy an interesting read.



European Green Public Procurement Award (GPP Award)

New prize for green public procurement

Public procurement can have a sweeping impact on a local authority’s climate and energy performance. Municipalities and districts that implement sustainable procurement practices will now get the chance to receive much deserved recognition via the newly launched European GPP Award, which distinguishes outstanding green public procurement projects in Europe. Cities, towns and districts that have integrated green concepts into their procurement practices are urged to apply by 30 April 2016. Winners of the award will be announced in summer 2016.

“By highlighting exemplary projects in the field, the GPP Award will encourage municipalities to use their purchasing power to choose environmentally friendly goods and services,” stresses Susanne Brandt, project officer at Climate Alliance and coordinator of the GPP Award. The need for this encouragement is clear: According to EU estimates, local authorities spend almost 20 percent of GDP purchasing services, works and supplies. Often the principle buyers in sectors such as energy, transport and waste management, cities, towns and districts can do much to bolster the climate agendas by focusing on green procurement practices.

Winners of this first ever European GPP Award will be chosen in three categories according to the size of the participating municipality. In the selection process, an independent jury will first decide on the best submissions. The jury will pay special attention to the CO2 savings brought about by each project as well as its level of innovation and transferability. Social responsibility and the local authority's commitment to energy efficiency will also be factored in. It is then up to the public to decide on the winners from this jury-selected pool via online voting on the Green ProcA website. Winners will be honoured in a ceremony to be held in summer 2016 and receive prominent position on the award website. The GPP Award is open to municipalities and public institutions in Europe that are bound to procurement directives.

The GPP Award has been made possible by the European Union within the framework of the Green ProcA project, which works to promote green public procurement amongst public authorities and inspire them to embark on their own sustainable procurement projects. Green ProcA is helping municipalities develop sustainable procurement strategies, for example, by issuing green public procurement guidelines for public authorities. Green ProcA is managed by the Berliner Energieagentur with the support of the Climate Alliance and ten other project partners spread across seven European countries.  

Green ProcA
European GPP Award
GPP purchasing guidelines



Vanessa Schmidt
Berliner Energieagentur GmbH
T. +49-30–2933 30-63

Susanne Brandt
Climate Alliance
T. +49-69–717139-20



1 January 2016
Funding opportunities
FAQs on Horizon 2020 EU funding for innovation procurement
Are you preparing to submit a proposal to the first 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 calls that provide EU funding for innovation procurements? Check out regularly the FAQs that answer questions from potential proposers about the Horizon 2020 funding for PCP/PPI actions.

9 December 2015
Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP)
Participants in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) joined together on Saturday 5 December at COP21 to celebrate the first annual Summit, held in the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015.

Auckland, Cape Town, Denver, Ghent, Helsinki, Oslo, Quezon City, Rotterdam, Seoul and Warsaw are all participants of the Network, which is a joint initiative of Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. On the occasion of their first Summit, the 10 cities presented their sustainable procurement activities and achievements, and shared their knowledge and experience. Through leading by example, participants of the Network aim to accelerate the implementation of sustainable purchasing worldwide.

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4 December 2015
Michael R. Bloomberg and European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici Announce Historic Partnership between the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors
Partnership Brings Together Coalitions Dedicated to Building on Local City Climate Action and Highlights the Significance of City Level Commitments During Climate Summit for Local Leaders

During COP21 and in conjunction with the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, founder of Bloomberg LP and former mayor of New York City, and European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs and Former Finance Minister of France Pierre Moscovici, announced that the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors will formally partner to promote and support voluntary city action to combat climate change. The partnership between the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of nearly 400 mayors committed to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change and track their progress transparently, and the Covenant of Mayors, the European Union’s initiative of several thousand local governments assuming the responsibility of tackling climate change in their territories, will open a new chapter to demonstrate the global impact of local city action.

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Compact of Mayors

Covenant of Mayors

2 November 2015
Experts invited to drive uptake of innovation in Europe’s waste management sector
The EU-funded PPI4Waste project is inviting public procurers and all actors interested in innovative waste solutions to work together to make the transition to better waste management a reality, through the establishment of an Interest Group and a Purchasing Community.

Over 50 experts in public procurement of innovation (PPI), public authorities and other actors of the field met in Brussels during the Procurement Foresight Workshop organised in the framework of the PPI4Waste project.

A series of key-note speeches and panel discussions enabled the participants to discuss the needs and solutions for PPI in the field of waste and material resources. Topics like bio-waste collection and treatment, bulky waste management, plastics separation as well as waste prevention were tackled down.

During this one-day event, the PPI4Waste partners officially launched two groups: the so-called Interest Group and Purchasing Community.

The Interest Group is an online gathering open to all stakeholders interested in waste management. It will provide useful information and peer to peer exchange for municipal waste management experts, procurers, policy makers, and suppliers. The Interest Group will put diverse stakeholders in touch with one another to share knowledge and practical experiences in implementing innovative waste solutions. Group members will be the first to hear about upcoming PPI4Waste trainings and will be kept up to date with the latest innovations in the field.

The Purchasing Community provides an exclusive opportunity to procurers who are involved in the procurement of waste management solutions in the public sector. Group members will be given the chance to improve their knowledge of the innovative solutions available on the market and take part in webinars, face to-face meetings and trainings with other procurers.

Both groups will use the Procurement Forum, a dedicated online networking space, to facilitate exchange. Registration to both groups is possible through the PPI4Waste website: www.ppi4waste.eu

18 October 2015
UAE joins two vital UN networks to promote green procurement and eco-labelling
The Ministry of Environment and Water has officially joined two fundamental international networks composed of policy experts hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The move aims to gain vital knowledge regarding the best global practices in green public procurement and eco-labeling programs as well as share with the international community the UAE’s own experiences on the implementation of relevant programs under the UAE Green Agenda 2015-2030.

The UAE is now a part of the Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme, a global platform of 81 partner organizations that share experiences in implementing SPP policy around the world, which is co-headed by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI).

The group aims to enhance knowledge on SPP and its effectiveness as a tool for promoting a ‘green’ economy and support its implementation on the ground through collaboration and better access to capacity building tools and SPP experts’ support.

The UAE has also become a member of the Consumer Information Programme comprising 52 partner organizations, including 21 governments. This program assists government agencies and stakeholders in their efforts to provide clear, accurate and reliable information about a product’s impact on the planet and the people. It aims to enhance the efficiency of existing information tools such as eco-labels by harnessing essential data and criteria, and explore new communication channels that could effectively reach consumers.

Both programs were established as part of the United Nation’s 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) which was adopted by over 190 countries, including the UAE, at the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development in 2012.

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January 2016
10YFP on SPP report “Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement”.
The report seeks to provide the ever increasing number of governmental organizations engaged in SPP with a step-by-step guide to planning, measuring and communicating on the benefits they are creating through the implementation of their sustainable procurement programmes and activities. It includes a Baseline Review on “Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of SPP”, a Guidance Framework and supporting methodologies, indicators and recommendations for implementation. Private sector organizations engaged in sustainable purchasing activities will also find the report useful.

We would like to thank all those that took part in the preparation of this report and in particular the lead author, Dr. Anastasia O’Rourke at Industrial Economics, IEc, as well as the co-authors Angela Helman (IEc), Daniel Kauffman (IEc), and Jason Pearson (Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, SPLC).

The report has been developed with the financial support of the European Union, the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China (MEP).

You can download the report on the Global SCP Clearinghouse E-Library section by clicking here

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December 2015
Pre-commercial and innovation procurement in Lithuania
Lithuania is moving ahead to implement its target that 5% of all public procurement should go to innovation procurement. The ministry of economics developed guidelines for PCP and the Agency for Science and Technology MITA is starting to provide co-financing for Lithuanian procurers to start PCP procurements: PCP projects are now under preparation in 6 key areas.
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October 2015
New guidelines for a better use of EU money: Commission helping Member States with public procurement issues
The Commission published guidelines to help public officials across the EU identify and avoid the most frequent errors in public procurement of projects co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds. In line with the initiative for an “EU budget focused on results“, the Commission is acting to ensure that tax payers’ money is spent efficiently and transparently. Nearly half of the European Structural and Investment Funds allocations are channelled into the real economy through public procurement.

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October 2015
Helping cities buy sustainably: Green Public Procurement Guide released
Guidelines on integrating sustainable procurement in municipal energy strategies now available

Green procurement forms a pillar for ever more municipalities seeking to take climate action. To support them in this task, a new guide on incorporating green public procurement into municipal planning has been published. The guide, available free of charge, is especially tailored to municipalities elaborating their Sustainable Energy Action Plans as required within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors, EU initiative with some 6,500 signatories.

Entitled Green Public Procurement in Sustainable Energy Action Plans, the guide leads municipalities and local governments through the various phases of SEAP development. It offers a theoretical background on green public procurement while providing the practical information necessary for its successful incorporation into municipal planning. The guide also offers tips, concrete advice and best practice examples.

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September 2015
Sustainable development in the European Union - 2015 monitoring report of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy
The EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS), launched by the European Council in 2001 and renewed in June 2006, aims for the continuous improvement of quality of life for current and future generations. The Eurostat monitoring report, published every two years, provides an objective, statistical picture of progress, based on the EU set of sustainable development indicators. Quantitative rules applied consistently across indicators, and visualised through weather symbols, provide an assessment of whether Europe is moving towards the objectives and targets defined in the strategy. The statistics presented in the report, covering the period from 1990 to 2014 (or the latest year available), illustrate the range of issues relevant for sustainable development, and should contribute to raising awareness of the opportunities and challenges lying ahead.
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3-4 February 2016 | Berlin, Germany
Future of Surfactants Summit


9 February 2016 | Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Workshop for Water Sector Procurers


18 February 2016 | Turin, Italy
INNOCAT Italian Dissemination Event


22 – 24 February 2016 | Vienna, Austria
3rd International Conference - Growth in Transition 2016


30 – 31 March 2016
9th Produrable Conference | Paris, France


20 - 22 April 2016 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Circular Procurement: the next step
Registration will open in January 2016. For more information, contact info@circularprocurementevent.com


27 – 29 April 2016 | Bilbao, Basque Country
8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns


29 April 2016 | Turin, Italy
EURECA in Torino


12 July 2016 | Newport, United Kingdom
Workshop: Public Food Procurement policies: Local and Organic Food in Public Catering Systems at the 12th European IFSA Symposium



Berliner Energieagentur GmbH
Project coordinator
Vanessa Schmidt
Tel.: +49(30)29 33 30 – 63


Climate Alliance
Public relations
Andreas Kress
Tel: +49-69-717139-33





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