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Procura+ Awards 2021: Deadline extended

30 March 2021

The deadline for applications to the Procura+ Awards has been extended until 30 April 2021. Public authorities have now one month longer to prepare an application in all four 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 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.

Read about the 2020 Procura+ Award winners here.

To apply, click here.

Power of Procurement: Procura+ Participants declare joint statement on demand towards fair, circular smartphones

29 January 2021

As major consumers of smartphones, ICLEI members and Procura+ participants Malmö, Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki are challenging the market with a joint statement of demand outlining their vision towards fair and circular smartphones by 2025.                                       

The statement comes as 9 points of actionable ambitions such as 

  • By 2025, we are tendering with harmonised criteria and clauses that push for fair and safe working conditions and environmental sustainability across the entire supply chain including raw materials extraction, manufacturing and delivery stages as well as at repairing, reuse, recycling and disposal stages of smartphones and its components
  • By 2025, we work with resellers and suppliers on the actionable increase of transparency of the supply chain and end-of-life, including locations and conditions of production. This will be possible also in hardware-as-service agreements.
  • By 2025, we aim to establish processes, internally and in collaboration with suppliers and resellers, to collect 100% of smartphones at the end of life with a view to find a second-life, reuse or remanufacture all smartphones where possible. The remaining smartphones should be recycled, critical raw materials should be safeguarded and as many materials as possible should be reused and recycled for new devices.
  • By 2025, we can apply certification and worker-driven monitoring to contribute to circularity, environmental and social responsibility supported by regular dialogue for continuous improvement. 

The joint statement has been developed under the European project Make ICT Fair over a period of six months including several internal and external feedback loops. The Nordic Forum for Market Dialogue on 25th November 2020 was one of the opportunities for discussion and reflection on the statement in collaboration with representatives from suppliers and resellers, as well as relevant third-party organisations. The market engagement event, opened by Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of the City of Malmö, has proven to be a highly valuable tool to strengthen cooperation between the relevant stakeholders. The dialogue emphasised that the ambitions of the statement can be achieved only through collaboration.

"As public buyers we have both a responsibility and an opportunity to take social, environmental and economic aspects into consideration in our procurements. As chair of Procura+ Europe, the city of Malmö is pleased to collaborate with other public buyers such as with the City of Oslo, City of Helsinki and Municipality of Copenhagen. Together we share a vision towards fair, circular smartphones by 2025. We hope that with this statement of demand we can find workable solutions to the sustainability challenges we face together with suppliers and resellers." Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of the City of Malmö


From now on, the Joint Statement is open to other public authorities who support the ambitions. Pooling demand and sharing ambition between public buyers will create a collective power that will help ensure fair and safe conditions for workers as well as to create a market for circular solutions. The statement is supported by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Electronics Watch and the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network. If you are interested in learning more and to support the statement, please contact Josefine Hintz josefine.hintz@iclei.org. 

Application to the Procura+ Awards 2021 is now open

17 December 2020

Public authorities can now submit their candidacies to the 2021 edition of the Procura+ Awards, a 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 2021.

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. 

In Haarlem, we are honoured to receive this Award and we are excited to share our experience with procurers from across Europe. Working with our suppliers and other stakeholders to achieve a better, innovative and sustainable city has been a great endeavour and we are happy to be able to share this more widely.” said Danielle de Boo, Manager of the Project- and Contract Management Department, City of Haarlem, winner of the Procurement Initiative of the Year Award, at the Award ceremony for the Procura+ Award 2020.

Read about the 2020 Procura+ Awards winners and runners up here.

Haarlem, Koprivnica, BIG and KampC, winners of the Procura+ Awards 2020

1 October 2020

The 2020 Procura+ Awards Ceremony saw two public agencies and two cities going up on the virtual stage to get their recognition for their biggest successes in public procurement: the Belgian public Centre for Sustainability and Innovation in Construction and won the “Sustainable Procurement of the Year” category, the City Koprivnica (Croatia) won the “Innovation Procurement of the Year” category, the Austrian Federal Real Estate Agency (BIG) won the “Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT”, and the City of Haarlem won in the category “Procurement Initiative of the Year”. The event took place on 1 October 2020 as part of the Digital Conference “Environmental Considerations in Public Procurement in Europe”, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA).

The excellence of the innovation procurement for extensive reconstruction of the City of Koprivnica (Croatia) was awarded the "Innovation Procurement of the Year" prize. The market dialogue to inform involve market actors in this first of its kind partnership in Croatia to perform a complete reconstruction of a kindergarten building was positively assessed by the jury. In this category, the runner-up was Procura+ Participant City of Malmö with its innovative and ethical ICT procurement process.

The Austrian Federal Real Estate Agency (BIG) and the FABULOS project were competing for the “Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT” Award. Finally, BIG got the prize thanks to its innovative approach of using software for sustainable real estate management, supported by an innovation partnership, whereas the FABULOS project was the runner-up with its cross-European pre-commercial procurement of automated public transport services.

The Procura+ participant City of Haarlem (Netherlands) and their cooperative approach to supplier management to achieve a circular and sustainable city was announced as the winner of the “Procurement Initiative of the Year”. The City has worked closely with public maintenance suppliers to create trust partnerships where suppliers ensure that social and sustainability goals are met, while given the freedom to innovate in how they deliver their services. The runner-up in this category was BBG, the Austrian Public Procurement Agency, for its successful integration of sustainability and innovation services within one agency, strengthening both aspects in public procurement.

The “Sustainable Procurement of the Year” Award went to KampC, the Public Centre for Sustainability and Innovation in Construction (Belgium), that took the need for a new office building as occasion to set the bar higher in sustainable and circular construction thanks a to a procurement process that incorporated all aspects of circularity in construction. The sustainable and circular demolition project of the Regional Council of Brittany was the runner-up.

“All these fantastic procurements show that there is great creativity when it comes to driving development and producing new solutions to societal challenges,” said jury member Johanna Engberg, Strategist Innovation Procurement, Swedish Competence Centre for Innovation Procurement.

The jury also decided to grant three honourable mentions: to the University of Edinburgh (UK), in the category ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’ for involving the research and academic community in achieving sustainable procurement, to the Finnish administrative agency Sarastia Oy, in the category  “Outstanding Innovation Procurement  in ICT” category for pioneering procurement of AI solutions to invoicing processes, and to the Galician Health Services, that used innovation procurement to advance their patient care and purchase high end surgical technology, in the ‘‘Innovation Procurement of the Year”.

Prizes were virtually awarded by Ulf Jaeckel, of German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety 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 Jury of this years’ Procura+ Award comprised of Marzena Rogalska, Director, European Commission DG Grow, Erika Bozzay, Senior Policy Advisor, OECD, Johanna Enberg, Strategist Innovation Procurement, Swedish Competence Centre for Innovation Procurement, and Mark Hidson, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre.

The Procura+ Awards are partly funded by the Procure2Innovate project, improving institutional support for public procurers of information and communication technologies (ICT) and other sectors that implement innovation procurement.

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.