Day 2 - Thursday 25 September 2014

9:00European frameworks to support sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation

The EU Public procurement Directives have undergone major legal and practical changes as a result of the publication of the new directives in January 2014.  This session provided first-hand information on the practical implications for contracting authorities and how the regulations are accommodating the use of procurement for implementing sustainability and innovation. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions which were addressed by a panel of experts, followed by an interactive discussion, and representatives from the European Commission presented how the Commission is promoting sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation.  

Speakers and panellists:

  • Jaroslav Kracun, Legal Officer, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission - Presentation [PDF]
  • Catherine Weller, Lawyer, Climate and Forests programme, Client Earth - Presentation [PDF]
  • Bonifacio Garcia-Porras, Head of Unit, Innovation Policy for Growth, DG Enterprise and Industry
  • Robert Kaukewitsch, GPP Policy Officer, DG Environment
  • Kenny Willems, Chief Financial Officer, iMinds - Presentation [PDF]

Subplenaries 1 and 2 provided an arena for presenting and discussing how to put into practice the Clean Vehicles Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, two of the Directives that have procurement as key delivery mechanism. Subplenaries 3 and 4 looked at the latest development of two prominent topics in procurement: social aspects and innovation procurement.

Procuring clean, energy-efficient vehicles

Using public procurement as a tool for energy efficiency

Mainstreaming fair and ethical principles in public procurement

EU policies and support for stimulating innovation procurement

13:30Parallel sessions

Public authorities, organisations and experts shared their experiences, practical knowledge and initiatives on how to undertake sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation in key topic areas.

Financing and Investment Programmes Driving Sustainable Procurement.

Piloting Innovation in Emergency Services

Buying Sustainable Tropical Timber – best practice from Europe

Addressing Broader Policy Objectives Through Procurement: Sharing Knowledge between Pioneers in Europe

PCP & PPI - Tools for Innovative Lighting Solutions

Measuring the Impact of Sustainable Procurement 

Innovation and Sustainability in Catering Procurement

Circular Procurement


Talk, learn, act!
Market Lounge - Round 2

The Market Lounge provided a place for networking, discussing ideas and sharing experiences on sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation in a more personal setting. Good practice examples, procurement processes, projects and initiatives will be featured. See a full list of table hosts here.

17:00Public Procurement of Innovation Award Ceremony

The Public Procurement of Innovation Award aims to recognise successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient products or services. The winner, among the six finalists, was revealed during the award ceremony.

Read more about the award, the finalists and the winner on the Procurement of Innovation Platform website.

  • Bonifacio Garcia Porras, Head of Unit, Innovation Policy for Growth, DG Enterprise and Industry

Official Dinner (vegetarian)

The City of Ghent, crowned “Veggie Capital of Europe” welcomes participants in the courtyard of the historical Augustinian monastery for the official conference dinner – vegetarian, of course, as per Thursday tradition in Ghent.

  • Rudy Coddens, Deputy Mayor, Elderly Policy, Work and Poverty Reduction and Chairman, Public Centre for Social Welfare, City of Ghent, Belgium
  • Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor, Helsinki, Finland
  • Tine Heyse, Deputy Mayor for Environment, Climate, Energy and Development Cooperation, Ghent, Belgium