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GPP 2020 e-News | September 2015

Welcome to the fifth issue of the GPP 2020 bi-annual e-newsletter. We hope you had an excellent summer!

The GPP 2020 project used the last couple of months to add even more tender models to our database and of course increase our carbon savings. But first and foremost we want to reach out and connect with as many fellow minds as possible. Why don’t you join us at our event in Barcelona?
Below you can read about the latest developments in GPP 2020.

Feel free to forward this newsletter to interested colleagues and connect with us on twitter using #GPP2020.

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    1. Tender database: 11 new case studies published
    2. New associate partners join GPP 2020
    3. GPP 2020 networking event in Barcelona
    4. A look back: documentation from the GPP 2020 event in Riga
    5. Upcoming events
    6. Join us!

Tender database: 15 new case studies published 

A core goal in the GPP 2020 project is to tender and contract low carbon products, works and services. Through these tenders CO2 emissions are reduced and a more energy efficient economy is encouraged.

In order to achieve long term sustainability, the tenders need to be replicable for other local authorities interested in making their procurement greener. Therefore each tender issued by one of the GPP 2020 partners is documented as a tender model using a case study format. Furthermore, these tender models are easily accessible through our searchable tender database. 15 new tenders have been published since the last newsletter with many more to come:

Our approach to low carbon tenders and to training and support activities are explained in our second annual monitoring report.

New associate partners join GPP 2020

Since our last newsletter four new associate partners have joined the GPP 2020 movement. The GPP 2020 project consortium will support them in their low carbon tendering and help them gain visibility. We welcome:

GPP 2020 already has 34 associate partners involved in project activities. Public purchasers and procurement training providers can become associate partners. Purchasing organisations commit to implementing low-carbon tenders for which they can benefit from free assistance from the GPP 2020 consortium. Associate procurement training providers can gain visibility by carrying out capacity building activities on low-carbon procurement, for instance by giving trainings.

For more information, visit the associate partners page or contact us at info@gpp2020.eu.

GPP 2020 networking event in Barcelona 

The next GPP 2020 networking event will take place at the Procura+ Seminar on Wed 11 November 2015 in Barcelona at Fabra i Coats. This event will explore "the challenges ahead - designing procurement for a low-carbon future".

The seminar is kindly hosted by Procura+ founding participant Barcelona City Council, GPP 2020 associate partner Barcelona Metropolitan Area and long standing Procura+ participant Barcelona Provincial Council. It is organised in cooperation with the GPP 2020 project consortium.

The draft programme is now available on the website. The event will be highly interactive and provide participants with the opportunity to engage in teams made up of procurement practitioners, experts and policy-makers. Following the Procura+ Seminar, the Procura+ participants and national partners meeting will take place on 12 November from 9.00-14.00.

The convenient online registration for the Procura+ Seminar is now open. Participants are asked at the time of registration to select which procurement challenge they would like to help solve over the course of the Seminar.

Places are limited so early registration is advised to secure your spot. Registration will close 16 Oct 2015. For any further information visit our webpage.



A look back: documentation from the GPP 2020 networking event in Riga

Presentations from the GPP 2020 workshop held in Riga (Latvia) on 21 May 2015 are now available online. The workshop looked at practical implementation of low-carbon procurement processes and how environmental targets can be used to boost economic growth, as well as results from the EU-funded PRIMES and GPP 2020 projects.

Ways in which public procurement can be used as a tool to lower carbon emissions, currently available energy and emissions calculation tools, and support structures for procurers were all touched on by presenters. Maris Klismets of the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development presented an overview of GPP regulations in Latvia, while Francesc Vidal of the Catalan Institute for Energy looked at driving energy performance contracting through procurement schemes.

Best practices from Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands and France were also presented. The event was organised by the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund and the GPP 2020 and PRIMES projects, and was moderated by ICLEI's Philipp Tepper.

To view the presentations, visit the Events and training page.

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Upcoming events

22 September 2015
Utrecht | Netherlands
Community of Practice on waste water disposal systems

This session will take a full day with a morning session on waste water disposal systems, and an afternoon session on individual tender support.

Organised by Duurzaam GWW.


 

1-2 October 2015
Rome | Italy
CompraVerde - BuyGreen - International Forum on Green Purchasing

This year the Forum is dedicated to Italian companies that have distinguished themselves in implementing policies to decrease environmental impact and increase sustainable procurement. The MensaVerde Prize, the Rating and Sustainable Procurement Award and the Buy Green award will all be presented for varying categories.

More information: www.forumcompraverde.it/index.php/area-espositiva [in Italian]


 

11-12 November 2015
Barcelona | Spain
The challenges ahead - designing procurement for a low-carbon future

The 2015 Seminar will explore 'the challenges ahead - designing procurement for a low-carbon future'. The draft programme is now available on the website. The event will be highly interactive and provide participants with the opportunity to engage in teams made up of procurement practitioners, experts and policy-makers.

More information: www.sustainable-procurement.org/network-exchange/procura-seminars/barcelona-2015/


 

27-29 April 2016
Bilbao | Spain
8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns is the flagship conference on local sustainable development in Europe. The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for actions by local governments in shaping Europe’s future and will allow participants to capitalise on the positive momentum for transforming cities into truly sustainable areas. The Sustainable Development Goals and the results of COP 21 in Paris (France) will be reflected in the discussions, as well as the emerging Urban Agenda for Europe and the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development HABITAT III.

For more information, contact Basque2016@iclei.org and follow #Basque2016 on Twitter.


 

You can find all upcoming GPP 2020 events in our events calendar!

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Join us!

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming associate partners.

  • Associate purchasing organisations commit to implementing low-carbon tenders for which they can benefit from free assistance from the GPP 2020 consortium.  
  • Associate procurement training providers can gain visibility by carrying out capacity building activities on low-carbon procurement, for instance by giving trainings.

For more information, visit the associate partners page or contact us at info@gpp2020.eu.