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SPP Regions Report Summary

Project ID: 649718
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SPP Regions (SPP Regions)

Reporting period: 2015-04-01 to 2016-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The SPP Regions project is aimed at increasing and enhancing the implementation of sustainable procurement within European public authorities through increased skills and knowledge of local authority staff, and improved collaboration between authorities at the regional level.

This is to be achieved via promoting the development and expansion of regional sustainable procurement networks in seven EU regions. Four new networks will be established in Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Bristol and Bulgaria, whilst existing networks in Barcelona, Torino and West France will be further strengthened. Each regional network will collaborate on the publication of 6 eco-innovative tenders, and will focus on capacity building and knowledge exchange activities.

In addition the project will foster collaboration at the European level via the establishment of a Sustainable Procurement and Innovation Network, expanding on the existing Procura+ Campaign. In-depth research will also be conducted into European best practice relating to a series of key SPP/PPI topics (market engagement, life cycle costing, output/performance-based specifications, circular procurement) by a series of experts in consultation with network participants. A series of European seminars and expert workshops will be organised, together with an ongoing webinar series, and the annual presentation of a PPI award for European best practice.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The first reporting period saw the successful creation of the four new regional networks – in Southwest England, the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague, Bulgaria, and the Copenhagen region, with detailed implementation plans approved by the network participants. Network activities have already begun, including several capacity building sessions and procurement planning workshops. The period also saw Expansion Plans adopted by each of the three existing networks – RGO (West France), APE (Torino) and Xarxa (Barcelona). 18 tenders have already been published the regional networks in West France (4), Barcelona (2), Torino (4), Bulgaria (3), West of England (3), Rotterdam & The Hague (2). Precise figures for primary energy savings achieved and RES generation have not yet been calculated, but seem on course to be met or exceeded. An Annual Monitoring Report has been published on the activities of each of the networks.

At the European level the Procura+ Campaign has been redeveloped into the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network, with the support and collaboration of the existing participants. The focus of this network is on promoting exchange between participants, ensuring effective profiling of authority achievements, and providing a European platform for regional networks. A new website has been developed for the Network, integrated with the Sustainable Procurement Platform, and linking closely to the SPP Regions project website, and a promotional brochure published. Draft state-of-the-art reports have also been developed on market engagement, performance/output based specifications and circular procurement, and two expert workshops have been organised on the first two of these topics.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The project has a target of achieving primary energy savings of 54.3 GWh/year, and trigger the production of 45 GWh/year of renewable energy through the 42 eco-innovative tenders to be published by the regional networks. Although calculations have not yet been carried out for the implemented tenders, it is expected that these targets will be met or even exceeded. The process followed and results achieved for each tender will be carefully documented in a series of tender models, designed to allow the replication of the eco-innovative approach by other authorities across the EU.

It is expected that at least 210 public organisations will participate in the seven networks, benefiting from the capacity building and knowledge transfer activities, as well as directly from tender collaboration.

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