The Procura+ Awards recognise three categories of excellence:

Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year.

Read on for more information on the winner and runner-up in each category.

Sustainable Procurement of the year



Eco-labelled pre-school building

Hyvinkää Municipality set out to procure the first eco-labelled pre-school in Finland, which includes consideration of energy use, chemical products, building products and health factors.

Hyvinkää wanted to create a safe indoor environment for children, by using the criteria of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel for Pre-School Buildings. Market dialogue identified the innovative solutions available and the extent to which solutions would come together to achieve the eco-label award for the pre-school once built. The school achieved the Nordic Swan Ecolabel once in place, whilst the construction method achieved 10% less waste than average for such a project.

Runner up:


Sustainable fire station clothing

The use of organic cotton and polyester from recycled fibres ensured the sustainability of the €4.5m of fire station clothing by the Institute for Safety in the Netherlands.

The Institute for Safety aims to play an exemplary role in the procurement of organic and recycled textiles, and in doing so contribute to making the sector more sustainable. By collaborating with other contracting authorities and carrying out a market study and supplier engagement process, it was able to identify the possibilities the market had to offer. The winning bid saved 134 tonnes of CO2 and prevented the use of 262 tonnes of toxic additives and pesticides.

Innovation Procurement of the year



Procurement of textiles from recycled fibres

In its procurement of towels and overalls, the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (MODNL) followed a circular policy and explored recycled content in the new textiles.

The products contained at least 10% recycled post-consumer textile fibres, with two contracts awarded: one for supply of 100,000 towels and 10,000 cloths, and one for 53,000 overalls. MODNL consulted the market and challenged suppliers to source post-consumer textile fibres, with the winning bid creating estimated savings of 233,000,000 litres of water, 69,000 kg CO2 and 23 MJ of energy.

Runner up:


Asphalt from waste roofing materials

The City of Lahti has undertaken a pilot for more sustainable and circular road construction, using asphalt produced from waste roofing felt for a demonstration road within the city. This supports Lahti's ambitious circular procurement goals.

The reuse of old bitumen sheets decreases the carbon footprint and carbon emissions of asphalt production by 10%. It also reduces a waste handling problem, with roofing previously deposited in landfills or combusted. The pilot was carried out in conjunction with the Finnish Transport Agency, who will now consider the circular solution for future procurement processes in the region. This has potential to save 6,000 tonnes of CO2 per 100,000 tonnes of asphalt produced.

Tender Procedure of the year



Remanufacture of office furnishings

When Public Health Wales (PHW) moved offices in 2016, it wanted the successful bidder to use as much of its existing office equipment, furniture and flooring as possible, as well as supplying remanufactured goods from other sources.

A supplier open day communicated the key specifications of designing for a collaborative workspace environment and to re-use as much furniture as possible. The winning consortium of social enterprises supplied over 2,500 items, with only 6% from new stock. The circular approach diverted 41 tonnes of waste from landfill with a CO2 saving of 134 tonnes, whilst creating full time jobs for seven disabled and long term unemployed people.

Runner up:


Building energy performance solutions

ATC Torino (Home Territory Agency of Central Piedmont) sought to procure technical solutions for building energy performance of a residential building, focusing on nearly zero energy buildings.

In conjunction with partners of the PAPIRUS project, market consultation and a coordinated public procurement of innovation (PPI) process took place. PAPIRUS contracts were awarded using most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) criteria, with emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability and LCC of the products. The innovative solutions procured by ATC Torino and PAPRIUS partners have saved over 670 kWh per year.


Whilst they did not make the final, the Procura+ Awards Jury made an honourable mention of the City of Vienna entry.


Database for hazardous chemical free disinfectants

In order to help procurers to identify hazardous chemical free disinfectants, the City of Vienna set up the Viennese Database for Disinfectants (WIDES).

All departments in Vienna are obliged to use WIDES, with products ranked and scored across a number of hazard categories. The city evaluated the procurement of disinfectants across all departments. The results showed that from a total of 70 tonnes of disinfectant procured, only 3 out of 21 products showed a low benchmarking performance.  The evaluation process is also able to drive targeted changes to procurement in different departments.

Who were the judges?

The finalists for the 2017 Procura+ Awards were assessed by a jury of five procurement experts: