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Greenpeace gets disruptive at EcoProcura 2018, winning the disruptors and games changers session

04 October 2018


Reyes Tirado, Senior Scientist, Greenpeace was announced as the winner of today’s disruptors and game changers plenary session.

The session showcased inspiring and radical ideas that seek to take procurement into a strategic future and get to the heart of tackling key societal problems. Tirado was voted the winner by conference participants based on her presentation, ‘Less is more’.

During her six minute presentation, Tirado made the case for reducing agriculture and dairy consumption in Europe and moving towards a plant based diet. Livestock produces the same amount of CO2 emissions - 14 percent - as all public transport. We need to act now and public procurement can do a lot, said Tirado.

For more information about this session and to see the full list of contributors, click here.

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“Win-Win for European Economy” – Procure2Innovate Network officially launched at EcoProcura

04 October 2018

Procure2Innovate, the strategic innovation procurement network funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, has been officially launched at the EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Procure2Innovate is an ambitious four-year project which aims to create a lasting European network of expertise in innovation procurement – a vital tool which the European Union is eager to see moving markets and investment for the creation of more innovation in the bloc.

The network is formed by “competence centres” in more than 10 European countries – centres from which experts provide advice and key services to public procurers nationwide looking to purchase innovative services and products. These could be in such areas as ICT and healthcare.

“This project can really support European businesses,” said Procure2Innovate co-ordinator Marlene Grauer on the sidelines of the conference.

“By encouraging public procurers to purchase innovative products and services, this project can inspire a range of markets to become more competitive and, in turn, even recognise the value of increased research and development (R&D) spending. This is a win-win for the European economy.”

The Procure2Innovate network comprises five well-established competence centres (in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden) and five newly created centres in Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. But there are firm plans to expand the network and boost its presence across the continent.

To date, both Lithuania and Finland have already joined the network as associate countries.

The network was officially launched today at EcoProcura 2018. This year’s international gathering is a hub of thinking and exchange on public procurement and sustainable procurement practices, and has attracted leaders from business, the European Commission and major European cities.

To read the full press release on the launch of Procure2Innovate: click here.

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Interview with Director-General, Mr. Roald Lapperre, Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management

03 October 2018

Question
What are you proud of in terms of sustainable public procurement in the Netherlands?

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Samenwerking - The way the national government and local authorities work closely together, share knowledge and support each other. In our country we have an SPP manifesto signed by more than 150 parties. They are developing action plans that will go further than just complying with the minimum criteria. With this manifesto, we’re showing the rest of the Netherlands and Europe that we’re serious about what we, as a government, stand for. And that, through our procurement policy and our role as a contractor, we bolster sustainable innovation by market parties!

To see the full interview, click here.

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Bertrand Piccard challenges procurers to buy better

03 October 2018

This year’s Ecoprocura conference in Nijmegen is exploring how governments can step up the game and do more to implement the solutions that are already available to environmental and social problems.

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Solar Impulse - the solar airplane which flew around the world - kicked off the day with a powerful call to action. We are living with past technologies - combustion engines, badly insulated homes, incandescent bulbs. But “the challenge is not technology, it’s psychology” - procurers need to change mindsets and become change makers! 

Dr. Piccard was followed by a number of speakers, from cities such as Nijmegen, Ghent, Barcelona, as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, who shared stories of their own bold actions to encourage greater sustainability and innovation through procurement. A range of actionable insights in specific sectors was also discussed through a range of breakout sessions.

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Zevenaar was named the winner of the KoopWijsPrijs at the MVI conference

03 Ocobter

Zevenaar, The Netherlands, was named as the winner of the KoopWijsPrijs (BuyWisePrice) at the MVI conference, which took place as part of the EcoProcura conference on strategic, circular, innovation and circular procurement.

Zevenaar won the award for working together with the market to create a circular, low emission bicycle path. They didn’t know at the start how to do this and therefore asked the market to help. It was this cooperation that impressed the jury.

For more information, click here.