Market Lounge Round 1 - Wednesday 19 September at 15:45

Participants of this session will be able to attend three different presentations.

Contributors from organisations working on a wide range of topics related to sustainable public procurement and public procurement of innovation will present in three 25 minute slots at round tables for 8 participants. Each slot will include a 10 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of in-depth discussion. Here is the list of presentations:

Host of the round tableTitle of presentation

Maria del Mar Sans, Government of Catalonia, Spain

GPP policies drive the green market in Catalonia

The Catalan Government presents its register of ecolabelled products and in addition discusses whether there is a relationship between the introduction of GPP policies and the increase of ecolabelled products. [Presentation]


Tim Luckett, WRAP, UK

Free E-learning for embedding sustainable procurement practice within key procurement categories

European Pathway to Zero Waste (EPOW) presents free e-learning modules available to public purchasers, enabling sustainable practices to be embedded within the procurement of key product categories. [Presentation]


Laura Carpineti, Lombardy Central Procurement Agency, Italy

Centralisation of purchases and e-procurement: tools for evaluating the green effects

The Lombardy Central Procurement Agency will present the ways in which centralised procurement and e-tools can generate positive effects, not only in terms of efficiency, transparency and innovation, but also for the environment. [Presentation]


Hanna S. Backman, Swedish Environmental Management Council, Sweden

Baltic GPP - a lighthouse project to increase the level of GPP in the region and stimulate green growth

Baltic GPP is a capacity-building programme on GPP involving Core Procurement Institutions (CPIs) across the Baltic Sea Region. It is based on commonly applied training materials and the purchasing actions of major Public Procurement Organisations in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany. [Presentation]


Marion Jaros, City of Vienna, Austria

Sanitation care with reduced risks for human health and the environment

A database set up by independent organisations in Austria is presented as a systematic way of assessing the effects of disinfectants on human health and the environment, allowing procurers to compare hazard profiles of different products. [Presentation]


Fernando Correia, University of Exeter, UK

Clear About Carbon - Developing Leadership and Management Skills for Low Carbon Procurement

‘Clear About Carbon’ aims to develop, test and deliver innovative approaches to increase the level of Carbon Literacy within the procurement workforce. A review of the learning outcomes from these programmes, and an overview of the supporting tools produced for procurers and suppliers will be presented and will be available for widespread use. [Presentation]


Bertrand Wert, Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

European Commission support to procurement of innovation

Public procurement of sustainable and innovative goods and services is one of the essential tools for stimulating new technological or service solutions, while helping to create jobs and boost the competitiveness of European industry and SMEs. It also encourages more efficient public services. The European Commission intends to support public procurers of innovation via its future programmes: Horizon 2020 programme and Structural Funds.


Abby Semple, Procurement Expert, Public Procurement Analysis

FIREd-uP: London and Ghent Fire Brigades Procure Innovation

Emergency services are increasingly aware of their environmental footprint – including the impact of the vehicles they use. Learn about this new 3-year project aimed at market engagement and procurement of innovative solutions. [Presentation]


Alison Kinn Benett, US Environmental Protection Agency, US

From confusion to convergence: using environmental standards and ecolabels in PP

The US government has a 95% sustainable acquisition mandate and plans to evaluate, select, and better utilise environmental standards and ecolabels in order to meet these goals. Discussion will revolve around the US government’s implementation options and discuss the potential international relevance of this effort. [Presentation]


David Vernon Brasfield, City of Olso, Norway

GHG Inventory for Oslo’s municipal operations and consequences for municipal procurement

Major findings from Oslo’s groundbreaking GHG inventory (1, 2 and 3 level emissions) are examined. They establish the foundation necessary to implement effective strategies and measures to reduce GHGs emitted as a result of municipal procurement. Experiences and challenges with interpreting the results to make them of practical use will be covered. [Presentation]


Kirsten Wiese, City of Bremen, Germany

Reform of public procurement in the City of Bremen

The recent law requiring the consideration of social and environmental criteria can be a challenge. The City of Bremen aims to demonstrate how it can be achieved as a matter of routine. [Presentation]


Paula Trindade, LNEG - National Laboratory Energy Geology, Portugal

Building SPP: Capacity Building in SP in Portugal and Greece

The Building SPP project, funded by the LIFE+ Programme will present its goal to develop and implement activites aimed at promoting and mainstreaming public procurement practices in Portugal and Greece. [Presentation]


Sara Marklund, City of Malmö, Sweden

Green public procurement and plastic waste prevention

LIFE project “Plastic Zero” aims to reduce the amount of plastic in the waste stream and increase the amount of reused and recycled plastic. One aspect of the project is to investigate the experience of GPP in European cities, with the intention of preparing a manual for waste preventive GPP, focusing on reducing plastic waste.


Björn-Erik Lönn, Nordic Ecolabelling

Simple, secure and effective guidance – Swan purchasing criteria

Nordic Ecolabelling will discuss the development of green purchasing criteria that makes effective use of market forces, within the legal framework.


Ander Elgorriaga, Ihobe, Spain

Working with committed providers for cost-effective green procurement

IHOBE explores the factors influencing the cost of greener solutions including early market engagement, standardised environmental criteria and corporate commitment. [Presentation]


Eva Dalenstam, The Swedish Environmental Managment Council, Sweden

GPP Criteria for medical equipment 

SEMCo and the Directorate General for the Environment have created GPP criteria for a range of medical equipment, with the aim of reducing energy use and costs for health care. SEMCo will describe these criteria, which were developed in a process involving procurers, medical engineers, doctors and product specialists from all over Europe. [Presentation]


María García Martínez, Barcelona Provincial Council, Spain

Participation to achieve a greener public administration

In 2004, Barcelona Provincial Council established its Plan of Resources Optimisation (POR), a tool to improve corporate management. The preparation and implementation of POR followed an internal participatory process, and the ultimate goal is to involve all staff to ensure that sustainable criteria become standard in organisational culture. [Presentation]


Fredric Norefjall and Berit Gullbransson, ECOPOL project

How public procurement can drive eco-innovation

ECOPOL is looking at the important practice of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI), namely how and where SPP/GPP and early adoption of procuring have an effect on the market, and how actions in the early phases of the procuring cycle affect the innovation system and drive eco-innovation. [Presentation]


Sam Colverson, IISD - International Institute for Sustainable Development

Embedding sustainability safeguards in PPPs

IISD will discuss the potential options for embedding environmental and social safeguards in PPPs and the procurement of infrastructure and services. They will explore the possibilities for PPPs and procurement as a whole to be used as a mechanism to trigger innovation and green growth. [Presentation]


Mark Stein, Salford University, UK

Sustainable Public Sector Food Procurement and the Food For Life Partnership in the UK

The development of UK policies promoting sustainability in public sector food procurement will be discussed, with a particular focus on the education sector. [Presentation]


Vanessa Schmidt, Berlin Energy Agency, Germany

Purchasing Green Electricity: Legal characteristics and good practice

The Berlin Energy Agency presents the Buy Smart project and gives an overview of the importance of procuring green electricity. They also provide information on associated legal characteristics, with the example of Herrschin municipality. [Presentation]


Angelika Tisch, IFZ Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture, Austria and Bettina Schäfer,  Ecoinstitut Barcelona, Spain

Monitoring of GPP at the EU, national and local level  

The Inter-University Research Centre, Austria and Ecoinstitut Barcelona discuss the basic principles of GPP monitoring at a range of levels and present their proposed system. [Presentation]


Christian Hauke, FEVEC, Spain and Piscaer Boudewijn, SUSTCON EPV, Netherlands

Reducing CO2 associated with concrete by half: A European Eco-Innovation Project

The importance of concrete as a high impact construction material is highlighted in this presentation, which showcases the development of a Sustainability Index for concrete to facilitate sustainable construction procurement.


Peter Defranceschi, ICLEI Europe and Marieke Abcouwer, IDH, Netherlands

Buying timber responsibly - Sustainable Timber Action (STA) project and Linking Europe

The Sustainable Timber Action project aims to inform public authorities in Europe about the human and environmental impacts of the timber trade, and how they can contribute by ensuring that the wood-based goods are produced and traded in a sustainable and socially responsible way.


Matthew Galvin, Transport For London, UK

Implementing Skills and Employment in Transport for London’s Supply Chain

TfL has been at the forefront of the UK in implementing socio-economic outcomes through its commercial portfolio. Learn about their award winning approach in delivering apprenticeship opportunities across their diverse supply chain. [Presentation]