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Procura+ Awards finalists unveiled

3 August 2020

The jury of the 2020 Procura+ Awards, which recognise excellence in sustainable public procurement, has revealed this year’s eight finalists.

In the category of ‘Sustainable Procurement of the Year’, the Regional Council of the Brittany Region (France) – with its sustainable construction of a new school building– will compete with KAMP C, Flanders (Belgium) for pushing the boundaries in circular construction of office buildings.

The City of Koprivnica (Croatia) is up against Procura+ Participant Malmö (Sweden) for the ‘Innovation Procurement of the Year’ Award. Koprivnica used an innovation partnership for the selective demolition and renovation of a Kindergarten building. Malmö wanted to improve its ICT purchases in terms of sustainability and ethics as well as innovation and entered a framework contract with an ICT purchaser.

The ‘Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT’ Award will either go to BIG (the federal Austrian real estate agency) for their innovation partnership to develop app-based facility management software, or to the FABULOS Project, for their Pre-Commercial Procurement project of automated vehicles for public transport.

Finally, Procura+ Participant Haarlem (the Netherlands) and BBG – the Federal Austrian Procurement Service – are competing for ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’. The Dutch city applied with its initiative to promote collaboration with its contractors to achieve the City’s goals for circularity and social inclusion. BBG convinced the jury with its merger of the federal innovation and sustainability procurement competence centres.

The Procura+ Awards ceremony will take place on October 1st at Conference “Environmental Aspects in Public Procurement in Europe”, organised by the German Environment Agency.

For more information on the 2020 Awards, visit the Procura+ website.

Shortlisted candidates for the Procura+ Awards 2020 announced

5 June 2020

The shortlisted Procura+ Awards candidates have been announced in all four categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the year with the subcategory Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT, and Procurement Initiative of the year. The Procura+ Awards is an initiative of ICLEI, in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.

The ‘Sustainable Procurement of the Year’ recognises outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of the procurement. The shortlisted candidates are:

  • the City of Ottignies, Belgium, for its organic food procurement programme in kindergartens;
  • the Region of Brittany, France, for its sustainable reconstruction of a new school building;
  • Procura+ participant City of Torres Vedras, Portugal, for its regional campaign to promote sustainable and healthy school meals;
  • the Region Pays de la Loire, France, for establishing a local circular economy in the construction sector;
  • Kamp C, Flanders, Belgium, for pushing the boundaries in circular construction of office buildings.

In the category ‘Innovation Procurement of the Year’ that recognised outstanding innovation of the procurement and the public authority as a launch customer, the shortlisted candidates are

  • the Galician Health Services, Spain, for ground breaking innovations in precision surgery;
  • the City of Koprivnica, for launching Croatia’s first innovation partnership to renovate a kindergarten building;
  • CONSIP, Italy, for implementing a medical equipment as a service model in hospitals;  
  • Procura+ participant City of Malmö, Sweden, for rethinking how ICT equipment can be bought to improve innovation and sustainability along the supply chain.

The candidates shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT’ are:

  • the European project PPI4HPC for stimulating cutting edge innovation in high performance computing;
  • the Finnish public service agency Sarastia Oy, for brining automation and machine learning to handling invoices;
  • the European FABULOS project, for developing the first functional fully-automated public transport services;
  • the Austrian public building management agency BIG for its innovation partnership to develop app-based services for smart building management.

The category recognising outstanding processes and actions towards strategic, sustainable and innovation procurement, ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’, has four shortlisted candidates:

  • Procura+ participant City of Copenhagen, Denmark, for systematically developing ecolabelling in procurement together with its suppliers;
  • Procura+ participant City of Haarlem, The Netherlands, for collaborating with its contractors to work towards a circular and sustainable city;
  • the University of Edinburgh for making use of its research community to implement sustainable and innovation procurement;
  • the Austrian federal procurement agency BBG for merging sustainable and innovation procurement competence centres, bringing the levels of services offered to the next level.

This year has seen a record number of high quality applications and we thank every applicants for submitting their entry. We congratulate all shortlisted candidates and all applicants to keep up the good work. ICLEI will announce the finalists in August. Winners will be announced during an Award Ceremony later this year.

Find out more information on the shortlisted candidates here.

Procura+ Awards 2020: Deadline extended and Jury announced

24 March 2020

We would like to give all public authorities who want to apply to the Procura+ Awards 2020 the opportunity to submit an application, and we understand that the current situation can make this difficult. Therefore, the deadline for applications to the 2020 Procura+ Awards has been extended until 30 April 2020 in all four award categories - Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Procurement Initiative of the Year, as well as Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT.

Hosted by Procura+ network coordinators ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in cooperation with the Procure2Innovate project, the competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure. The high-level jury will include the Director in the European Commission's DG GROW Marzena Rogalska; senior policy adviser at OECD's Infrastructure and Public Procurement Division Erika Bozzay; strategist innovation procurement at the Swedish Competence Centre for Innovation Procurement Johanna Enberg; and Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, Mark Hidson.

Last year, the City of The City of Zurich (Switzerland) and its initiative to use recycled concrete in buildings was announced was the winner of the ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’. Zurich has saved around 17,000m3 of virgin materials (and landfill space) through this. The Sustainable Procurement of the Year Award went to the City of Ghent (Belgium), that launched a pilot procurement for ethically produced workwear in line with the socially responsible requirements in its procurement policy and worked in partnership with suppliers to get the sustainble products required. 

The excellence of the innovation partnership for decentralised cloudburst management of the Municipality of Frederiksberg (Denmark) was awarded the Innovation Procurement of the Year prize. And CERN won the prize in the Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT category, thanks to its open cloud data storage innovation through pre-commercial procurement. 

Public authorities can submit their candidacies to the Procura+ Awards 2020 until 30 April. This year’s edition is conductedin co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovateproject. For more information: www.procuraplus.org/awards

Is your procurement success getting the attention it deserves? Apply before March 31 for the Procura+ Awards 2020

18 March 2020

The Procura+ Awards are still open for public authorities to enter and get recognition for their outstanding sustainable and innovation procurement initiatives.  An initiative of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in its 6th year,the Procura+ Awards commendleading sustainable and innovative procurements from across Europe.

Previous winners underline the important impact the Award has had on advancing their innovation and sustainable procurement. It has helped their procurement department to show within and beyond their organisation that procurement is a key strategic tool to achieve crucial sustainability goals of the 21st century while stimulating innovation.

Cities can win the Award in four categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, Procurement Initiative of the Year, and Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT.

In 2019, the City of The City of Zurich (Switzerland) and its initiative to use recycled concrete in buildings was announced was the winner of the ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’.Zurich has saved around 17,000m3 of virgin materials (and landfill space) through this. 

The Sustainable Procurement of the Year Award went to the City of Ghent (Belgium), that launched a pilot procurement for ethically produced workwear in line with the socially responsible requirements in its procurement policy and worked in partnership with suppliers to get the product required. 

The excellence of the innovation partnership for decentralised cloudburst management of the Municipality of Frederiksberg (Denmark) was awarded the Innovation Procurement of the Yearprize. And CERN the prize in the Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT category, thanks to its open cloud data storage innovation through pre-commercial procurement, whereas the City of Helsinki was the runner-up with its robotisation and automation of library services. 

Public authorities can submit their candidacies to the Procura+ Awards 2020 until 31st March. This year’s edition is conductedin co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovateproject. For more information: www.procuraplus.org/awards
 
 

Application to the Procura+ Awards 2020 is now open

6 December 2019

Public authorities can now submit their candidacies to the 2020 edition of the Procura+ Awards, a prestigious recognition of procurements and related initiatives with remarkable economic, environmental and social impacts, or innovation and innovation in ICT elements. The Procura+ Awards is an initiative of ICLEI, supported by the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project. The application period is open until 31st March 2020.

The awarded public authorities will receive an unique trophy and have the right to promote themselves with the award title. The rewarded procurement activities will be widely endorsed using a wide variety of ICLEI publications and channels. Furthermore, a case study on it will be produced and disseminated on the Sustainable Procurement Platform and the Innovation Procurement Platform. Winners will be granted free entry and a presentation slot at the next conference organised by ICLEI.

Participants in previous editions have highlighted that participating in the Procura+ Award helped them to benchmark themselves and to gain visibility. For winners, it was an excellent way to prove their commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as to earn internal and external recognition. 

“We are thrilled that we are able through our public procurement to encourage the market to change in a sustainable way, and that we can share our experience with other purchasing authorities through our toolbox for socially sustainable workwear,” said Aline De Cokere, Public Buyer for City of Ghent and winner of the Sustainable Procurement of the Year Award, at the Award ceremony for the Procura+ Award 2019.

Read about the 2019 Procura+ Awards winners and runners up here.

To submit an application for the Procura+ Awards 2020, click here.

Zurich, Ghent, Frederiksberg and CERN, winners of the Procura+ Awards 2019

25 September 2019

The Procura+ Awards Ceremony saw three cities and a European research organisation going up on the stage to get their recognition for their biggest successes in public procurement: Procura+ participant Zurich won in the category ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’, the City of Ghent, also a Procura+ participant in the ‘Sustainable Procurement of the Year’ one, the Municipality of Frederiksberg in the ‘Innovation Procurement of the Year’ category and the European Organization for Nuclear Research won the ‘Outstanding Innovation in ICT Procurement’. The event took place on 24 September within the Nordic Edge Expo in Stavenger, Norway. 

The City of Zurich (Switzerland) and its initiative to use recycled concrete in buildings was announced as the winner of the ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’. Zurich has saved around 17,000m3 of virgin materials (and landfill space) through this. The city is now increasing recycled asphalt, with up to 30% recycled material used in new road foundations and 60% reclaimed asphalt in the road base. Wiebke Rösler Häfliger, Director at the Office for Building Construction, City of Zurich said: “We are very proud of our work and it shows that we are working in the right direction. The market has responded positively and our new art museum will be constructed using recycled concrete that includes CO2 reduced cement.”

The runner-up in this category was Procura+ participant Ihobe, the Environmental Management Agency of the Basque Government (Spain), thanks to the deployment of a green purchasing programme among the Basque public sector.

The ‘Sustainable Procurement of the Year’ Award went to the City of Ghent (Belgium), that launched a pilot procurement for ethically produced workwear in line with the socially responsible requirements in its procurement policy and worked in partnership with suppliers to get the product required. “We are thrilled that we are able through our public procurement to encourage the market to change in a sustainable way, and that we can share our experience with other purchasing authorities through our toolbox for socially sustainable workwear,” said Aline De Cokere, Public Buyer for City of Ghent.  

The sustainable framework contract for cleaning services of the Catalan Government, also a Procura+ participant was the runner-up.

The excellence of the innovation partnership for decentralised cloudburst management of the Municipality of Frederiksberg (Denmark) was awarded the ‘Innovation Procurement of the Year’ prize. The market dialogue to inform interested market actors about the procurement of solutions to reduce the load on its existing drain water and the innovation partnership process that was carried out was positively assessed by the jury. “We are very proud to receive this award. The process was not simple but the effort really paid off,” said Lene Stolpe Meyer, Project Manager Climate Adaptation. “We are in stages of implementing the solutions so it feels great to be rewarded now.”

In this category, the runner-up was Procura+ participant City of Helsinki with its sustainable innovation for a retro stadium.

CERN and the City of Helsinki were competing for the ‘Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT’ Award. Finally, CERN got the prize thanks to its open cloud data storage innovation through pre-commercial procurement, whereas the City of Helsinki was the runner-up with its robotisation and automation of library services. Bob Jones, Senior Staff member at CERN said that he is “proud that Helix Nebula Science Cloud has shown Europe how world class companies that can develop innovative cloud services. Many companies invested in the pre-commercial procurement actions and I thank them all.” 

The jury also decided to grant three honourable mentions: to CONSIP (Italy) in the category ‘Sustainable Procurement of the Year’ for the scale and ambition of its national framework contract for sustainable and innovative lighting; to the Dutch Institute for Safety (the Netherlands) in the ‘Innovation Procurement of the Year’ category for a low-cost and potentially replicable solution for wildfire prediction, and to SELECT for Cities in the ‘Outstanding Innovation in ICT Procurement’ for the potential scale and impact of its smart city platform.

Prizes were awarded by the Mayor of Stavanger, Christine Sagen Helgø, and Jugatx Ortiz-Gonzalez, from DG Grow, who thanked all candidates who applied to this edition of the Procura+ Awards showing so many inspiring and diverse examples for other cities and organisations of how to use the power of public procurement.

The City of Stavanger, where the Nordic Edge Expo and the Procura+ Awards Ceremony took place, has been a participant of the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network for over two years and the City’s procurement strategy has a clear focus on innovation and social responsibility. Find out more about all entries to the Procura+ Awards 2019 here.

Just one week to know who the Procura+ Awards winners are

17 September 2019

The final countdown for the Procura+ Awards ceremony, taking place next September 24 at the Nordic Edge Expo, has started. The eight finalists of this edition are getting ready to find out if their candidacies are selected by the jury as the winners of the different categories: Innovation Procurement of the Year, Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT, Sustainable Procurement of the Year and Procurement Initiative of the Year.

The Municipality of Frederiksberg (Denmark) and the City of Helsinki (Finland) are competing for the ‘Innovation Procurement of the Year’ Award. CERN (Switzerland) and the City of Helsinki (Finland) are contesting in the ‘Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT’ category. The ‘Sustainable Procurement of the Year’ Award is to be decided between the Government of Catalonia and the City of Ghent (Belgium). The City of Zurich (Switzerland) and Ihobe (Basque Country) are the finalists for the category ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’. To learn more about their entries for the Award, visit here.

The names of the winners and the runners-up will be unveiled at the Nordic Edge Dinner (Stavanger, Norway). This year’s entries for the Procura+ Awards were assessed by a jury of procurement experts and policy makers, composed of Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö, Procura+ Network Chair; Paulo Magina, Head of Public Procurement Unit, OECD; Marzena Rogalska, Director, DG Grow, and Mark Hidson, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre.

The Procura+ Awards is an initiative of ICLEI Europe, with support from the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.

Procurement Can!

10 April 2019

The European Commission – The Directorate General of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs held the high-level conference “Seizing opportunities in the public procurement of tomorrow”, in cooperation with Romanian Presidency on 4th April 2019 in Bucharest at the Parliament House.

Key messages throughout the event were that public procurement can be a:

• Catalyser for growth, jobs and innovation, it can provide access to markets for SMEs,
• It can be used to gain the trust of citizens in public authorities and democracy, sustainability, and social cohesion.
• It is a key mechanism to address greenhouse gas emissions, local air and water quality, the use of hazardous substances and raw material usage.

The Chair of the Procura+ Network Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of the City of Malmö, who spoke at the event, put it simply:

procurement can make a significant contribution to achieving goals and targets and address the public sector’s big challenges: health, ageing population, energy security, mobility, resource scarcity, food security and inclusive societies amongst others.

However, why is it that still today procurement decisions are made based on the lowest price? To address this potential-action gap, Jammeh, emphasized the importance of change at the system level. Also, it is vital to bring tools for change to a level where procurers, policy makers, budget holders understand that what they do has an impact, that they are involved and play a role in addressing achieving environmental and societal goals. 
Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre and Deputy Regional Director of ICLEI Europe Mark Hidson, outlined that ICLEI has been working with a number of public authorities for over 22 years to drive local action. This wealth of experience has shown that many of the local decision-makers have proven to be innovators and drivers in the field of sustainable, circular, innovation and strategic procurement.

Looking ahead, Hidson emphasized: “Our priorities include, among others, ensuring the wider uptake of innovative, green, and social procurement; professionalising public procurers; increasing access to procurement markets; and cooperating to procure together.

A key instrument at the core of this is the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network. It is a network of European public authorities that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement. Learn more here.

 

Procura+ Awards: Deadline Extended and Jury Announced

29 March 2019

The deadline for applications to the 2019 Procura+ Awards has been extended until 30 April 2019 in all three award categories - Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Procurement Initiative of the Year.

Hosted by Procura+ network coordinators ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability in cooperation with the Procure2Innovate project, the competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

A high-level jury will include Procura+ Network chair and Mayor of Malmö Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Director in the European Commission's DG GROW Marzena Rogalska, Head of the OECD's Public Sector Integrity Division, Janos Bertok and Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, Mark Hidson.

Last year's Procura+ Awards saw the Government of Flanders (Belgium), the City of Rotterdam (Netherlands), and the City of Barcelona win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.

“To apply for the Procura+ Award means to have successful, sustainable and innovative public procurement activities in place that generate improvements in public goods, services, processes and infrastructure. By applying for the award, you start sharing your positive experience with other authorities that can benefit from them and contribute to this global exchange” - said Frederic Ximeno, Commissioner for Ecology for the City of Barcelona.

“Your case doesn’t have to be world changing or sustainable to the last detail, as long as you can make a difference that matters. A smart case that is as sustainable as possible considering the context of the market, your needs, your budget, your capacity and the level of innovation that you wish to achieve, goes a long way. Don’t hesitate and apply,” - added Alexander Lemmens from Procurement team of the Government of Flanders.

For more information and to apply, visit the Procura+ Awards page.

3, 2, 1… Application to the Procura+ Awards 2019 is now open

12 December 2018

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 promote themselves with the award title. The rewarded procurement activities will be widely promoted using a wide variety of ICLEI publications and channels. Furthermore, a case study on it will be produced and disseminated in the SP Platform and the PPI Platform. Winners will be granted a free entry and a presentation slot at the next conference organised by ICLEI.

Participants in previous editions have highlighted that participating in the Procura+ Award helped them to benchmark themselves and to gain visibility. For winners, it was a good way to prove their commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as to earn internal and external recognition. Watch the video of the 2018 Award Ceremony:

There are three categories of the Procura+ Award: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year. The winners of the last edition were the Government of Flanders (Belgium), for its framework contract for sustainable office supplies; the City of Rotterdam (Netherlands), for making the city accessible for citizens with special mobility needs, and the City of Barcelona, for implementing a city-wide compulsory sustainable procurement.

For more information on the 2019 Awards, and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website.