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  • Webinar: Using purchasing to drive environmental and social progress Public space

    There’s still a lot of work to do to reach a sustainable life cycle for IT products. Some of the most pressing issues include the overuse of finite natural resources, alarming amounts of e-waste as well as violations of workers’ rights and labour laws in the supply chain.
    Read mor and register

    Continue reading 24/01/19
  • 'Ingeburgerde' softwarepakketten aanbesteden en vervangen Public space

    Softwarepakketten waarvan de looptijd van het contract al jaren geleden is verstreken en waarvan de opdrachtwaarde van de diensten de meervoudigonderhandse aanbestedingsgrens te boven gaan.

    Dit moet volgens mij voor veel gemeenten een herkenbare situatie zijn.

    Ik zou graag van gedachten wisselen over hoe andere gemeenten dit bestuurlijk, financieel, organisatorisch en planmatig aanpakken / aan hebben gepakt.

    Reageren kan ook direct via

    Continue reading 22/01/19
  • Register for the Alu Circles webinar - 23 January 12.00h (CET) Public space

    The Alu Circles initiative has planned a webinar to inform interested parties how to become involved in the recovery of aluminium from drinking water sludge.

    The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday 23 January 2019, 12.00 h (CET).

    Click here to register for the webinar.

    For more information, please contact, Allied Waters, Jos Boere/Nicoline Scholman,

    E / or T +31 30 6069600.

    Continue reading 20/01/19
  • Alu Circles initiative converting sludge waste in water plants into a valuable resource - Webinar on 23 January Public space

    The initiative has planned a webinar to inform interested parties how to become involved in the recovery of aluminium from drinking water sludge.

    The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday 23 January 2019, 12.00 h (CET).

    Click here to preregister for the webinar.

    For more information, please contact, Allied Waters, Jos Boere/Nicoline Scholman,

    E / or T +31 30 6069600.

    Continue reading 18/01/19
  • CityMatch on strategic and sustainable public procurement Public space

    The 3rd UrbanWINS CityMatch will be kindly hosted by the City of Malmö (Sweden) from March 6 – 8, 2019.

    This CityMatch will focus on contract management for strategic and sustainable public procurement. Participants in this activity, together with contract managers from Malmö purchasing cleaning and transport services, will discuss about transport services for people with special needs, cleaning services for (office) buildings and schools, market analysis before tendering and the crit...

    Continue reading 18/01/19
  • Alu Circles initiative to stimulate water utilities for more recovery of aluminium from drinking water sludge Public space

    Allied Waters and Corvers launched the Alu Circles initiative that aims to increase the recovery of aluminium from residuals from drinking water production. The initiative builds on the promotion by the European Union of pre-commercial procurement (PCP) as a tool for the public sector to create business cases for recovery of valuable materials. By stimulating innovation procurement water utilities can offer sludge to the recovery market at lower costs compared to the disposal to the traditional...

    Continue reading 17/01/19
  • City of Gothenburg - Follow-up is key to sustainable procurement success Public space

    The City of Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest municipality. The region aims to be a forerunner in environmental and urban development and uses public procurement as a tool for driving positive change. CSR specialist Johan Davidsson has some top tips for success.

    Continue reading 16/01/19
  • (Unpaid) internship wanted! :-) Public space

    Dear EU procurement collegues,

    To broaden my horizon, refreshen my view of the world and just to have fun, I am looking for an internship at a public procurement department. Preferably on a public procurement department where the main language is German or English. The internship I am looking for can be for a few days up to one week somewhere in Europe and preferably with a focus on EU tendering or contractmanagement.

    On offer: a well experienced procurement professional with 17 years of v...

    Continue reading 15/01/19
  • Workshop Big Data Innovation Procurement Public space

    On Thursday 21 February 2019 the Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement organizes a workshop on Big Data Innovation Procurement "How to capitalize on shared opportunities for public and private benefits" at Maastricht Management School in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

    The workshop navigates you through the knowledge, methodology and best practice that you can replicate in your practice. By structuring the course around 2 real-life cases of big data innovation procurement and several oth...

    Continue reading 14/01/19
  • Vacancy: Officer Sustainable Economy and Procurement at ICLEI Public space

    The European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability seeks to fill the position of Officer within its Sustainable Economy and Procurement team. The role has a focus on financing sustainable urban development and infrastructure.

    The team has been working on the topic of sustainable, strategic and innovation procurement for 22 years. In more recent years the team are also working on the topic of financing and sustainable local economies. The team support public authorities i...

    Continue reading 10/01/19
  • Interview with the PPPI Service Center in Austria Public space

    Dear all,

    I would like to share the link to the interview with the PPPI Service Center - national competence centre for innovation procurement - in Austria, part of the Procure2Innovate Network. I think it might be of interest to you to learn more about the services they offer to procurers and business.

    Enjoy the reading!


    Continue reading 10/01/19
  • New initiative Alu Circles converts sludge waste in water plants into a valuable resource Public space

    Cost reduction and sustainability are already proven in practice for residuals from drinking water production including lime pellets and ferric sludges. Aluminium based sludges are the next target, the disposal of which comes at substantial and ever-increasing cost. Alu Circles, an international initiative based on PCP (Pre-Commercial Procurement) principles, will make this happen. The overall budget for Alu Circles amounts to 1.5 million €.

    Aluminium based sludges in drinking ...

    Continue reading 10/01/19

    Innovation cannot be a worn-out term. Since there are different approaches for innovation and it is allways a focus of discussion, it is still necessary to put it as a flagship for the development of society. Innovation is not a place to arrive and stay, but a mean to improve. In the core of companies, the philosophy of innovation should be a mindset to keep on being competitive and imaginative. Public administrations can play a key role for innovation to citizens by considering innovation in th...

    Continue reading 08/01/19
  • Mitigating LCC/TCO risks Public space

    As part of our work of support to our member States, we are looking for information and guidance related to the use of LCC in public procurement.

    More specifically, we are seeking for advice on the design of LCC tender documents that limit the risk of non-performance of the contractor in relation to its LCC-related commitments. For instance through the appropriate use of penalties or testing schemes.

    Could you kindly share with me specific tender documents using LCC in bids evaluation an...

    Continue reading 07/01/19
  • 3, 2, 1… Application to the Procura+ Awards 2019 is now open Public space

    Public authorities can now submit their candidacies to the 2019 edition of the Procura+ Awards, a major and prestigious recognition of procurements and related initiatives with remarkable economic, environmental and social impacts, or innovation elements. The Procura+ Awards is an initiative of ICLEI, in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project. The application period is open until 31st March.

    The awarded public authorities will receive a trophy and have the right to pro...

    Continue reading 13/12/18
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    Thanks for your comment. The elimination of the concept of economically most advantageous offer by the one with the best value for money is clear. However, I think you have to be careful with the claim: the valuation of the price has disappeared.
    I know that in Spain both the advisory board of the Ministry of Economy and the advisory board of administrative hiring of aragon have already expressed exceptionally not allowing it to be assessed.
    In my opinion you have to value the price. But it is t...

    Continue reading 12/12/18
  • New Research Public space

    I am pleased to announce the long-awaited release of a critical meta-analysis of packaging materials asking the basic question: ‘Do popular packaging attributes including recycled and biobased content, recyclability and compostability correlate with lower environmental impacts?’ This research reviewed publically available life cycle assessment (LCA) studies from 2000-2017. The significance of this research is that at present these attributes are used as a simplified means of making “sustai...

    Continue reading 11/12/18
  • EURECA project wins DCD Award for Industry Initiative of the year Public space

    During 3 years, the EURECA project ( focused on empowering public procurement teams to tackle the problem of data center energy efficiency and environmental soundness by developing common practices and procedures for Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) and Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) for Data centers.

    Recently the lead partner of the project, Rabih Bashroush of the University of East London, received the DCD Award for Industry Initiative of the year.


    Continue reading 10/12/18
  • Register for GPP Helpdesk Webinar on Green Cleaning Products and Services: 18 December Public space

    Cleaning products and services are consumed by almost all public authorities, whether cleaning is provided in-house or contracted out.

    What can be done through public procurement to lessen the impacts that cleaning has on our environment?

    New guidance developed by the European Commission on green public procurement (GPP) and selected best practice from the public sector will be presented and discussed during this webinar.

    Sign up today for our Webinar!

    Date & time: Tuesday...

    Continue reading 07/12/18
  • Air quality and contract awarding Public space
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    Dear Nikita,

    On the Resource Centre of the Sustainable Procurement platform ( you find a range of case studies and good practice cases on the topic. Another good source of good practices is the GPP good practice cases published by the European Comission, with dedicated sections for transport and buildings/construction:

    I am attaching a couple of case studies that could be particu...

    Continue reading 06/12/18
  • Public Electronic Procurement in Cameroon: Using smart contracts on blockchain technology Public space

    Public contracts, electronic contract, blockchain, smart contracts, electronic signature.

    A public contract is a written contract by which an entrepreneur, a supplier or a service provider undertakes, either to carry out works, or to provide goods or services at a price to the State, a decentralized territorial community, a public institution or a public or parapublic company. This definition is given by the Cameroonian legislator.

    Given this definition, whatever the subject-matter of the...

    Continue reading 06/12/18

    The Spanish PROMINENT MED team had the challenge of refurbishing an old storage building in Alzira, València (Magatzem de Cucó, C/ La Pau 28, 46600, Alzira) in an energy efficient manner. The needs analysis revealed that the building was going to be the future youth municipal house and therefore it was planned to be diaphanous, acoustically-insulated, and thermally comfortable and energy efficient.

    The key cornerstones were to reduce the weight of the prize of acquisition of the supply, the c...

    Continue reading 29/11/18
  • Nieuw: TCO-tool voor dienstvoertuigen Public space
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    Dag collega's,

    Ik kan jullie ondertussen laten weten dat ook in Vlaanderen zo'n TCO-instrument bestaat. Je vindt het op Ik lees op de website:

    Vergelijk milieuvriendelijke en conventionele wagens

    Vergelijk de TCO van elektrische, plug-in hybride, aardgas-, waterstof- en brandstofwagens.
    En ontdek of het rijden met een milieuvriendelijke wagen voordeliger is.

    We hebben de trekker voor deze tool over jullie...

    Continue reading 23/11/18
  • Test the LCC tool for indoor lighting (first stage) Public space

    The Government of Flanders is developing an LCC tool for indoor lighting, based on the SMART SPP LCC tool ( The goal is to help governments in using life cycle costs to prepare tenders and evaluate offers for indoor lighting in their office buildings. The first stage of the development focused on gathering information on the lighting system and products offered and getting an overview of predictable financial costs related to the lighting system. Before entering a sec...

    Continue reading 23/11/18