Market Lounge Round 1 - Wednesday 24 September at 16:00

Contributors from organisations working on a wide range of topics related to sustainable public procurement and public procurement of innovation presented in three 25 minute slots at round tables for 8 participants. Each slot included a 10 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of in-depth discussion, and this was repeated three times.

Here is the list of presentations:


1 Strategic eco-friendly savings: innovative purchase-to-pay and e-voicing solutions, Pieter Geeraerts, Basware Basware, a global leader in purchase-to-pay and e-invoicing solutions, shares how to empower organisations by simplifying and streamlining key financial processes.
2 Overarching policies that encourage eco-innovation, Antoinette Franklin, ICLEI  This session will focus on overarching policies which encourage eco-innovation. Case studies from the GreenXpo Project will be presented followed by a discussion of how certain policies can best encourage eco-innovation. 
3 Integrating GPP into the the sustainability strategic plan 2013-2022, Mercé Serrano, City of Barcelona The application of GPP in the Department of Prevention, Security and Mobility’s Internal SSP, including social and environmental criteria.
4 The importance of social innovation in public procurement, Dany Neudt, De Punt This table will focus on social innovation as a strategy for more sustainable public procurement and as an efficient way to spark innovative solutions in both for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organisations.
5 Granting public resources versus social public procurement: an assessment framework for local authorities, Barteld Schutyser, VVSG (Belgium) Learn about VVSG’s framework for helping local authorities in correctly applying state aid rules on services of general economic interest, and rules on public contracts and concessions.
6 Tackling long-term unemployment and illegal labour through public procurement, Emma Johansson, City of Malmö

A presentation on the City of Malmö’s “white job model”, which is based on social conditions, and the five pilot construction procurements using this model.

Presentation - [PDF]

7 Procurement of electric vehicles in Sweden, Eva Sunnerstedt, City of Stockholm  This table presents a framework for procuring electric vehicles developed by the City of Stockholm, Vattenfall and SKL Kommentus Inköpscental AB. It has been used to procure 1250 EVs a year for the public and private sector.
8 Low carbon procurement: the success of the CO2-PerformanceladderGijs Termeer, Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement

A procurement tool to encourage companies to be aware of their CO2 emissions and seek new ways to save energy, use materials efficiently, and to use renewable energy.

Presentation - [PDF]

9 GPP for efficient use of natural and economic resources, Gorane Ibarra, Ihobe

This table will present the main strategies to support GPP as a valuable tool for economic and natural resource use efficiency and sustainable development while, in many cases, achieving savings.

Presentation - [PDF]

10 Testing the use of social criteria in textile public procurement, Jo Versteven, Federal Institiute Sustainable Development (Belgium)

Presenting a 2013 study by several Belgian state and local departments which investigated the implementation of social and ethical textile public procurement.

Presentation - [PDF]

11 How to implement cradle to cradle in public tenders for cleaning products, Johan Tops, Ecover Discussion on the value of cradle-to-cradle cleaning products, how to write tenders for these products and best practice examples of cities using cradle-to-cradle in the cleaning sector.
12 Incorporating sustainability into tendering procedures for construction works, Johannes Wall, Graz University of Technology Introducing approaches for implementing sustainability in construction based on current research projects at Graz University of Technology and examples from Austria.
13 Fair Trade in public procurement, Karlien Wouters, Max Havelaar This table will present the impact of the new EU Public Procurement Directives on Fair Trade purchases and explore the following questions: What are the opportunities offered by these new Directives? What are the challenges?
14 How to implement SPP on the local level: Practical solutions from Germany, Kathrin Sühlsen, Leuphana University Lüneburg Using results from Leuphana University’s ‘Sustainable procurement in cities and municipalities’ project, this table will discuss current challenges of public procurement procedures and look into possible solutions.
15 Bringing a food policy to life through procurement, Katrien Verbeke, City of Ghent

In 2013, Ghent launched a food strategy aimed at making the food system more sustainable. This table will discuss how to use procurement to support the overarching sustainable food strategy.

Presentation - [PDF]

16 Barriers to procuring green products: experiences of a central procurement agency, Laura Carpineti, ARCA Lombardia This table will discuss the experience of “greening” the Lombardy Regional Procurement Agency (ARCA) tendering procedures, including common problems and constraints and PCP in the health sector.
17 School food procurement and sustainability in northern England and Wales, Mark Stein, Salford University Exploring how local councils are encouraging local food suppliers to bid on school catering tenders. Methods to overcome obstacles in providing high-quality sustainable food options will be discussed.
18 Joint procurement of low environmental impact PCs and monitors, Marko Voog, Centre of Registers and Information Systems (RIK) (Estonia) A presentation of the GPP criteria that RIK has been using in its ICT equipment procurement documents to obtain the best quality products as well as to reduce the environmental impact.
19 GPP in civil engineering: experiences from The Netherlands, Leendert van Geldermalsen, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS)

How RWS is using the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) methodology to target more innovative solutions with greater value while taking CO2 emissions and environmental impact into account.

Presentation - [PDF]

20 Funding and suppport for buying sustainable tropical timber, Simon Clement, ICLEI  This table presents the achievements of the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (EU STTC) in driving the market for sustainably sourced tropical timber and its practical implementation by public authorities.
21 The state of socially responsible production in IT - year one analysis of TCO Certified IT product compliance, Niclas Rydell, TCO Development

How TCO Certified encourages sustainability in the IT-industry and how the new EU Public Procurement Directives incorporate social and environmental criteria and the use of third party certifications.

Presentation - [PDF]

Webinar - “The State of Socially Responsible Manufacturing in the IT Industry”

22 Measuring and Monitoring Social Value, Nicole Fletcher, London Fire Brigade Discussing the London Fire Brigade’s approach and other experiences with measuring and monitoring sustainable procurement and how this might support improved delivery of sustainable outcomes.
23 Topten: benefiting from the most energy-efficient product procurement, Peter Defranceschi, ICLEI  Providing a practical overview of Euro Topten Max, which continually reviews and updates a European database of the most energy-efficient products on the market. Using Topten criteria to achieve SPP will also be discussed.
24 Stronger together: the Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign at a glance, Philipp Tepper, ICLEI  What influence can you have?  Learn how over 35 public authorities together with national partners from major European regions work together, driving SPP. 
25 How to involve stakeholders in the promotion and development of GPP - a two track strategy, Rikke Dreyer, Forum for Sustainable Procurement 

A presentation of the ‘Danish Model’ of involving stakeholders in the development and implementation of GPP, including networking, collaboration, goal-setting and overcoming barriers.

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26 Sustainable procurement 2.0: product service systems, Sabine Denis, Business and Society Belgium  Insight into obstacles and opportunities of contracts to lease rather than purchase goods, presenting examples and how product-service systems can strengthen procurement.
27 Energy saving procurment through ESCOs: the City of Vantaa example, Salla Koivusalo, City of Vantaa How the City of Vantaa is using the ESCO concept to maximise energy efficiency and save energy and money for the City while reducing CO2 emissions.
28 Seeking EU Input on Work of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Sam Hummel, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)

Learn about the SPLC initiative, which emerged out of a US-based multi-stakeholder collaboration, and give feedback on the mission, vision, principles and programmes it is developing.

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29 Ecolabeling and certification as frameworks for capacity building, Jonas Allen, Green Electronics Council (GEC) The GEC is working to pilot a more comprehensive and supportive approach to electronics certification activities in India. Learn about the greener electronics registry and how the GEC engages all stakeholders.
30 The importance of fostering multi-stakeholder long-term urban partnerships beyond procurement, Silvia Ursu, CSR Europe

CSR Europe is bringing businesses closer to city actors in developing local sustainability strategies. Learn from existing urban partnerships what the key success factors and main challenges are.

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31 SPP: organisation and co-operation on multiple levels, Steffen Thomsen, City of Aalborg Aalborg presents its procurement process, where environmental criteria determine whether procurement takes place. Learn how the city has incorporated its Environmental Policy into procurement practices.
32 Smart Track: sustainable procurement in the cultural sector, Steven Vromman, Greentrack Presentation of the SmartTrack project, which is developing a smart communication tool to support sustainable procurement decisions in Ghent’s cultural sector.
33 Share your experiences on Life Cycle Costing (LCC), Theo Geerken and Veronique Van Hoof, VITO (Flemish Institute of Technological Research)

Integrating LCC with the new EU Procurement Directives. Share your experiences and learn about best practices of LCC implementation in SPP in Flanders.

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34 (CANCELLED)Brazilian strategy to foster Sustainable Public Procurement, Thiago Uehara, Brazilian Ministry of the Environment Discuss and give feedback on the Brazilian Federal Government's portfolio of projects designed to foster SPP, including legislation, administrative tools, sustainability indicators, training courses and more.
35 Responsible supply chain solutions, Trevor Babbs, Sedex International Sedex, a not for profit membership organisation, presents its system, which enables purchasing organisations to identify supply chain risk , collaborate with suppliers and improve overall supply chain transparency.
36 Moved to round 2 The integration of criteria for sustainability in a sourcing process, Frank Lippens, EANDIS EANDIS shares its experience on sustainable procurement practices through early supplier involvement, supplier selection, ecodesign and waste management in the supply chains.
37 The ecological neighborhood: the summum of ecological and economical living, Katrien Haud'huyze and Bavo Osaer, Wienerberger Wienerberger, market leader in hollow blocks, clay facing bricks, roof tiles and pavers, shares its experience with a pilot project in Waregem (Belgium), where a living project for an optimized cost and sustainability is being realised.