Here you will find up to date information on sustainable innovation, public procurement and SMART SPP project activities. Since the end of the SMART SPP project (end of August 2011), this resource is no longer being updated. 


The SMART SPP Update (e-newsletter) is published every six months and provides the latest news about the SMART SPP activities

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05.09.11 SMART SPP draws to a close

After nearly three years, the SMART SPP project came to an end on 31 August.

Due to the project's end, the newsroom and events calendar will no longer be updated.

The SMART SPP project consortium partners would like to thank you for your interest in the project. Your contributions have been important in making the project a success.

Goodbye and thank you!

ICLEI, Ecoinstitut Barcelona, Global to Local, Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG), Öko-Institut, German Federal Association of Eco-Counselling, Barcelona City Council, Eastern Shires Purchasing Council, London Borough of Bromley, Cascais Energy Agency and the Municipality of Kolding.

01.09.11 Senior managers get behind sustainable procurement

The Sustainable procurement: Back to management report produced by consultancy EcoVadis and French business school HEC Paris, found more than a third (36 per cent) of senior purchasers had made significant progress in securing top-level management's interest in sustainable buying.

The study, which surveyed 80 senior procurement officers in the corporate sector across Europe, found 92 per cent believed their organisation considers sustainable buying to be an "important or critical" initiative. The three main motivations for this were improving risk management, cost reduction and value creation.

Since the first study conducted in 2003, sustainable development, an emerging concept at that time, has become a key concern for Procurement Departments. >>more

>>Download Ecovadis report [pdf file]

(source: Action Sustainability / supplymanagement.com)

31.08.11 Supplier engagement: Shifting from defensive to collaborative

Companies are only beginning to uncover the best practices for engaging suppliers on sustainability. With suppliers providing the major inputs for the operations of businesses, it would only make sense that companies would be eager to engage this specific stakeholder on sustainability issues, but many companies are still fumbling over how to approach it. One of the main issues is that companies are stuck in a top-down mentality when it comes to supplier relationships; they implement policies and resort to monitoring suppliers, rather than engaging them. Yet, changes are afoot as companies begin to realise the importance of supplier engagement and collaboration as part of their sustainable procurement strategy. >>more

(source: Triple Pundit)

22.08.11 Engaging the right people to drive energy efficient data centres

A number of workshops were held in June in various countries to showcase the latest technological developments and to identify criteria for purchasers to procure energy efficient data centres, as part of the European Prime Energy IT project. The events aimed to draw out the information needed for the development of guidance on public procurement of energy efficient data centres at a later stage.

Read more about Prime Energy IT and catch up on other news on sustainable procurement in Europe through the latest edition of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Update. >>more

17.08.11 Making best use of public procurement to encourage sustainable innovation

A new publication - called Working with the market to procure sustainable solutions - from the SMART SPP project provides details about the experiences, conclusions and lessons learnt from the SMART SPP partnering public authorities: the City of Barcelona (Spain), the London Borough of Bromley (United Kingdom), the Municipality of Cascais (Portugal), the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (United Kingdom) and the Municipality of Kolding (Denmark).

Using the power of public procurement to encourage sustainable innovation, in terms of the goods and services purchased by cities and other public authorities is the central idea behind SMART SPP.

Download your copy of the new publication today. It's available in English, Danish, Portuguese and Spanish.

15.08.11 The end of the incandescent era?

A survey of 700 readers of the US Electrical Contractor magazine showed a majority of contractors believe LEDs are either now or will be ready in a year to replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps. Participants of the survey included contractors working on residential projects, commercial, industrial, institutional projects and non-building projects

The publisher of Electrical Contractor, John Maisel, said, "The more we educate [electrical contractors] on the technology and opportunities in the multibillion dollar LED market that's growing more than 30 percent per year, the greater value they bring to their customers." >>more

(source: LEDs Magazine)

10.08.11 Keep up to date on green procurement news

The latest policy developments from the European Union, guidance, practical examples and studies carried out relevant for green public procurement (GPP) are available in an easy to digest format. The information is published on a monthly basis through the European Commission's GPP News-Alert.

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Read the latest edition or previous editions of the GPP News-Alert here.

09.08.11 Energy efficient lighting on Budapest’s bridges

The Liberty Bridge is one of the key crossing points over the Danube, and an iconic site within central Budapest. In 2009 a procurement process was launched to install lighting that would fit the aesthetics of the bridge, allow for the safe transit of trams, cars and pedestrians and withstand humidity and heavy vibrations.

The sustainability and cost of the lighting solution were the key concerns for the city. The technical specifications included in the tender were in conformity with the core EU GPP criteria for street lighting, addressing lumen efficacy and ballast efficiency.

The results provided a win-win for reducing energy consumption and waste reduction with the installation of 584 (out of 800) LED lamps (light emitting diodes). Savings on electricity compared with the original halogen lighting are estimated at 40,000 euro annually, amounting to total savings of 100,000 annually. >>more

(source: GPP News-Alert, Issue No. 13)

03.08.11 Freiburg lights up cycle path with LED technology

The City of Freiburg (Germany) has installed the first solar-powered LED street lighting system in Germany. The lights are located on a paved cycle path and pedestrian intersection close to the river Dreisam and automatically go on at dusk. Up to 10,000 cyclists use the path on a daily basis and there have been several accidents in the past as it was difficult to know whether cyclists or car drivers had the right of way.

The lights alert car drivers from a distance so they can reduce their speed as they approach. There is now also a crosswalk for pedestrians and they have precedence over the traffic on the cycle path, a unique situation in the ICLEI member city.  Frank Uekermann from the Freiburg Civil Engineering Department says the city is pleased with the result and that, "safety is a priority for all."

The project cost €45,000 and the lights took three weeks to install. Freiburg has a long-standing reputation as a leader in environmental practices and innovative thinking. For example, its football stadium, which is located close to the LED lit cycle path, was the first stadium in the country to install photovoltaic solar panels on the roof. >>more (in German)

(source: ICLEI in Europe Newsletter / Badische Zeitung)

02.08.11 "Navigate change": a guide to new approaches to public procurement for SMEs

The Guide "Navigate Change - How New Approaches to Public Procurement will create New Markets" was recently launched in July at an event in Barcelona on Interregional Conference  on how to improve SMEs access to public procurement.

The publication provides guidance to business leaders in small or medium-sized companies to understand some of the major changes taking place in international public sector markets. The guide analyses four different aspects in which innovative approaches are applied to public tendering systems: green public procurement; socially responsible public procurement; procurement for innovation; and electronic public procurement.

"Navigate change" has been developed as part of the EuroPROC project which tackles the access of SMEs to public procurement markets. >>more

(source: PRISME Newsletter for Public Procurers - June/July 2011 issue)