No. 2 | September 2009
Welcome to the 2nd edition of the SMART SPP update
This newsletter keeps public authorities, companies and other interested parties informed of the outcomes of the "SMART SPP - innovation through sustainable procurement" project every six months. You will find the latest project news on the SMART SPP website - www.smart-spp.eu
What is SMART SPP?
Running from September 2008 until August 2011 "SMART SPP - innovation through sustainable procurement" is a three year project which will promote the introduction of new, innovative low carbon emission technologies and integrated solutions onto the European market. This will be done through encouraging early market engagement between public authority procurers and suppliers and developers of new innovative products and services in the pre-procurement phase of public tendering.
SMART SPP is an initiative of the Procura+ Campaign, that is run by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and designed to help support public authorities across Europe in implementing Sustainable Procurement and help promote their achievements. For more information visit - www.procuraplus.org
Inside this issue
1. SMART SPP news
1. SMART SPP news
Sustainable emerging technologies in focus
One of the most challenging tasks within the SMART SPP project is the identification of innovative “emerging” technologies, that is, products and services that are not yet widely available on the market. With this in mind, an assessment was made to identify the various emerging technologies available that will eventually provide high energy savings and are considered to be new and innovative. The assessment was based on extensive research, interviews with key manufacturers and suppliers, information gathered from expert seminars as well as feedback from the public authorities partnering in SMART SPP.
Regarding innovative lighting solutions, street and/or office lighting are especially suitable for a pre-commercial approach, for instance. These applications of the LED technology provide a great energy saving potential (for example, 30 percent more for street lighting) and are about to enter the mainstream market within the next 2-3 years. The same applies for plug-in hybrid vehicles, which use an innovative storage technology, such as lithium-ion batteries. Furthermore, the combination with innovative charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy resources should be taken into account.
In terms of heating and cooling systems, which use renewable energy sources (RES), cooling systems, especially those using adsorption, absorption and steam jet ejector chillers, are recommended for pre-procurement activities. However, the authors of the report found that well established RES heating technologies (especially solar heat, geothermal energy/heat pumps, biomass boilers and biogas co-generation plants) should also be taken into account if the planned procurement activities in the SMART SPP project catalyse the market entry in countries where these technologies do not yet exist. Last but not least, it was also found that computers using solid state drives should be considered for pre-procurement activities, not only because they are highly energy-efficient but also because of their technological benefits.
Download the report [pdf-file]
2. Get involved in SMART SPP!
Become a participating public authority
Public authorities may participate in the implementation phase of the pilot at their own cost – participating in the pilot involves implementing the standard process for early market engagement, driving the adoption of the innovations developed through the project and ultimately incorporating its recommendations in at least one tender.
Benefits of participating include:
Become a participating public supplier
Suppliers of environmentally innovative products to the public sector can still register their interest in participating in the market engagement stage of the project. Companies are invited to respond to the SMART SPP Prior Information Notice (PIN). The PIN serves to inform companies about the purchasing needs of the five public authority purchasers in the project. A PIN is a published statement from a public authority that it will tender for a certain product or service at a certain date in the future.
Technologies in focus include:
Stay informed about SMART SPP
Interested public authorities and suppliers of innovative technologies are invited to get involved in SMART SPP. To find out more about becoming a participating supplier, participating public authority or to remain informed about the project's developments, please contact the SMART SPP project co-ordinator, Philipp Tepper on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell others to subscribe to this newsletter to receive regular updates (on a six month basis) about the project. Visit the project website to subscribe: www.smart-spp.eu
3. SMART SPP in your region
Both SMART SPP implementation partners from the UK - London Borough of Bromley and the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) - have made extensive progress in relation to SMART SPP over the last few weeks, with some exciting publicity and practical activity taking place.
SMART SPP was featured heavily at the recent 2 day Sustainable Purchasing Conference in Norfolk, UK. ESPO featured a SMART SPP display stand at the event and answered questions on behalf of delegates. A similar display will be featured at the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO) Annual Conference in November this year. The Annual Conference will be attended by all seven of the main purchasing organisations servicing the UK, totalling over £2 billion per annum in spending.
The London Borough of Bromley has also been busy in their sustainable innovation actions. Staff at the borough council have already installed trial LED panels in the Property Department of the local Civic Centre to replace conventional fluorescent units. The feedback from staff has so far been very positive in relation to the quality and intensity of the light in their work environment. Bromley are now considering the installation of LED units during the course of refurbishment of a larger office block area in local Civic Centre.
Encouraging sustainable innovation through procurement in Denmark
National and regional promotion of the SMART SPP project actions in Denmark has been one of the main activities that the Danish SMART SPP project partner, the City of Kolding, has been working on during the last couple of months.
The SMART SPP project generated quite some interest after it was presented at the Danish national Green Purchasing Conference, GreenBiz09, in Copenhagen on 1 September. However, the highlight of the conference was the award for outstanding achievements in the area of green procurement that the City of Kolding received. The award was given by the Danish Panel for Professional Environmental Responsible Purchasing, launched by the Ministry for the Environment in 2003.
Further to the promotional activities, more targeted efforts are being made by the local authority partners from the City of Kolding to encourage sustainable innovation, through public procurement, on a larger scale in Denmark. Kolding are currently looking into finding a national Danish organisation to serve as a contact point to promote the topic as well as a national contact point that would provide technical support for tendering innovative lighting systems. More news on this topic to come in the next edition of the SMART SPP update.
Barcelona commits to smart tendering of LED technology, electric vehicles and more for its citizens and staff
Barcelona City Council, the SMART SPP implementing partner in Spain, has made an ambitious commitment to drive sustainable product and service innovation through its future purchasing actions.
Before entering into the agreement, representatives from various municipal departments gathered together for an update on the new activities and outcomes of the project and to assess the suitability of their future contracting needs within the project time frames and innovative procurement procedures.
In terms of its innovative purchasing actions, Barcelona will pilot the SMART SPP guidance in four different tendering procedures:
The groundwork for the early market engagement activities is currently being prepared by the Spanish SMART SPP partners, by gathering information about potential manufacturers and suppliers of the products and services needed. The work is due to start following the next project partner meeting taking place at the end of September.
Apart from the City of Barcelona, interest in the SMART SPP approach and purchasing activities has been shown by other Spanish administrations, who will have the opportunity to take part in the training seminar, taking place in Barcelona on 28 September (see Section 5 on Events below for more information).
LED street in Torres Vedras
The Municipality of Torres Vedras has inaugurated their first LED street under the EU-funded project PRO-EE project, which stands for Public Procurement boosts Energy Efficiency. The lighting system was produced by EnergiaViva, a national company, also involved in the SMART SPP project activities in Portugal.
The LED street in Torres Vedras is part of a growing number of similar initiatives in Portugal, whereby local governments are increasingly able to take advantage of the new and more efficient light emitting diode technologies. The municipalities of Barreiro, and Pombal already have their own LED street lighting installations, whilst these are in the planning stages for other municipalities, such as Cascais and Beja.
4. What's new? Upcoming work on SMART SPP
Draft guide on driving innovation in procurement to be piloted
Draft versions of the guide and tool are currently being finalised, and will be tested by the SMART SPP partners during the pilot implementation phase, beginning in October. These draft versions will be available by mid-September online at www.smart-spp.eu/index.php?id=7117
If you are interested in seeing the draft versions and providing comments please download them from the address above, and email your comments to email@example.com
SMART SPP Training Seminar
The SMART SPP consortium invites public purchasers across Europe to join a one-day training seminar on how to drive sustainable innovations through early market engagement and pre-procurement, taking place on 28 September in Barcelona. Experts from the SMART SPP consortium will guide you through a common integrated approach that includes how to best use the included LCC and CO2-equivalent assessment tool in pre-procurement.
International e-CarTec Conference 2009
13-15 October 2009, Munich, Germany
This international conference will showcase numerous presentations on four key topics in the field of electric mobility. The topics featured include the technological challenges and the development of electric vehicles, energy storage, the provision of energy and distribution as well as mobility concepts for electric vehicles. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with experts, managers and political decision-makers and participate in discussions with the conference speakers. The eCarTec and Materialica Trade Fairs will be held alongside the conference.
Procura+ Seminar 2009
22-23 October 2009, Zürich, Switzerland
The international Seminar will bring together experts working in the field of sustainable procurement to exchange on opportunities between public authority procurers and suppliers. The Procura+ Seminar will build on the conclusions of EcoProcura 2009, held in Reykjavik this March. It will focus on some of the key conclusions from the conference in Reykjavik, and how these can be taken further, including:
Sustainable Innovation 09: Towards a Low Carbon Innovation Revolution
26-27 October 2009, Farnham, United Kingdom
Sustainable Innovation 09 - Towards a Low Carbon Innovation Revolution is being organised by the Centre for Sustainable Design in the UK. The conference will address topics that are relevant for the SMART SPP project including market transformation, regional approaches, sustainable public procurement and innovation processes, as well as supply chain management, product-related carbon foot-printing, methodologies and case studies.
ECOMONDO - 13th International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery & Sustainable Development
28-31 October 2009, Rimini, Italy
This annual event will feature various exhibitions in the field of sustainability and the environment industry. The expos will be centred on core topics and innovations in the field, such as recycling in the construction sector, technologies for the reclamation of contaminated sites, civil and industrial water recovery management systems, as well as sustainable innovation and new raw materials for an economy embracing environmental conservation. Furthermore, best practice examples of cities which have applied concepts of sustainability will be included. Participants will have the opportunity to network and exchange information with key people in the industry.
6. Other News
World Electric Vehicle Summit in Stavanger, Norway
On 13 May Global to Local delivered a presentation on behalf of the SMART SPP project at the World Electric Vehicle Summit in Stavanger, Norway. The Summit included a number of presentations from organisations from around the world, as well as an exhibition of electric vehicles produced for business and private use.
The opportunities offered from using innovative sustainable procurement techniques were the focus of the presentation delivered by Global to Local, and how these can serve to bridge the gap between innovation and the purchase of innovative technologies.
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