Day 3 - Friday 26 September 2014

9:00The power of market intelligence and engagement


Engaging in dialogue with private business can play a crucial role in bringing innovative and sustainable products and services onto the European market. The new Public Procurement Directives have specifically provided contracting authorities additional flexibility allowing them to choose a procurement procedure that will encourage dialogue with business. 

This session looked at what the EU legal framework offers procurers in terms of encouraging dialogue and how procurers can get the very best from businesses in responding to the innovation and sustainability challenge. The FIRED-uP project presented a practical case of successful market consultation, which was followed by both a panel and roundtable discussion. 

  • Gaynor Whyles, Director, JERA Consulting - Presentation [PDF]
  • Abby Semple, Procurement Specialist, London Fire Brigade and Public Procurement Analysis, UK - Presentation [PDF]
  • Leon Hombergen, Senior Advisor Innovation and Market, Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), Netherlands
  • David Morgan, Procurement Officer, Cornwall Council, UK
  • Peter Leyman, Director, Ryhove






Harnessing the Network




Throughout Europe many contracting authorities are, or have, undertaken sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation. Consequently and as EcoProcura conferences prove, there is a lot of know-how available. However, most of these activities are carried out in isolation and thus inaccessible for interested parties.  One initiative set up to encourage exchange and networking is Procura+. Procura+ is turning 10 this year and the plenary looked at what has been achieved, what the outlook is for the next 10 years and how networking, exchange and collaboration can be scaled up. 

An interactive discussion followed, bringing together key issues raised over the first 2 conference days.

Speakers and panellists:

  • Mark Hidson, Global Director, Sustainable Procurement Capacity Centre; Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe - Presentation [PDF]
  • Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki, Finland; Chair, Procura+ Campaign
  • Léon Dijk, Advisor Sustainable Development and Procurement, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Farid Yaker, SPP Programme Officer, UNEP
  • Martha Halbert, Research Lead, Sustainable Scotland Network, Scotland




Waking the Giant!


Whilst the use of procurement for achieving policy goals has become more prevalent, the true potential to harness public spending to achieve sustainability goals is often stubbornly unrealised. Given the decreasing availability of public finances, the need has never been greater to ensure greater value for money and efficiency, without impacting on the quality of the public service provided. The following questions were addressed:

  • What is stopping sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation from breaking into the mainstream?
  • How do we wake the giant - what can be done to ensure that sustainable procurement becomes the norm?
  • How can we create a sense of urgency to ensure that sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation are mainstreamed?
  • Is it just a question of communication, providing proven business cases, changing mentalities?

Keynote: Gunter Pauli, Author, Teacher, Activist, Entrepreneur- Presentation [PDF]


Taking it forward


Closing to three procurement-action packed days. Thanks and farewell. During this session, the City of Ghent signed a new sustainable procurement strategy and an innovation charter

  • Mark Hidson, Global Director, Sustainable Procurement Capacity Centre, ICLEI, Germany
  • Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor, Helsinki, Finland; Chair, Procura+ Campaign
  • Daniël Termont, Mayor, City of Ghent, Belgium


End and lunch


The Meet Your Buyer event at EcoProcura was a unique sustainability networking event where public procurement experts from Belgium and all over Europe can meet and exchange information on sustainable products & services, innovations and business models. For procurers this was an exceptional opportunity to meet representatives of numerous high-level sustainable businessesin an informal setting . For businesses this event provides direct access to a broad network of procurement experts from all government departments in Belgium and Europe and offered the opportunity to build and reinforce strategic relationships with public procurers.

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