Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SPP Regions (SPP Regions)
Reporting period: 2016-10-01 to 2018-03-31
Exchange of good practice, ideas, and problem solving has proved critical in the implementation of sustainable procurement across Europe. Networking at the local or regional level has an especially important function as it allows more regular interaction between participants operating typically on the same market, with similar legal and policy frameworks, and without the barriers of significant travel or language hindering co-operation. In addition, regional collaboration allows for collaboration in procurement activities, increasing market influence and helping to develop a regional supply base for sustainable solutions.
Within SPP Regions, networking at the regional level was complemented with networking and best practice exchange at the European level through the redeveloped Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network - aiming to ensure that good ideas, and market knowledge are shared across the continent. Exchange was focused on four key topics, vital to effective sustainable procurement implementation:
- Life cycle costing
- Market engagement
- Circular procurement
- Performance/output based specifications
The seven networks published a total of 39 eco-innovative tenders over the course of the project, estimated to lead to nearly 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions savings per year, and 1,423 GWh/year primary energy savings, and 1,016 GW new renewable energy generating capacity. Each tender was written up as a tender model, aimed at providing the information necessary to allow other authorities to replicate the approach.
The project also saw the redevelopment and relaunch of the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network, with two Seminars in Rome (2016) and Oslo (2018), as well as the launch of the Procura+ Awards - rewarding sustainability and innovation in procurement.
Finally, a series of best practice reports were produced on the topics of market engagement, life cycle costing, performance/output based specifications and circular procurement.
Overall, 278 public authorities have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable procurement implementation through the networks in SPP Regions, and over 4,200 people have participated in the capacity building activities carried out.
The best practice reports on market engagement, life cycle costing, performance/output based specifications and circular procurement have proven highly valued by European public authorities and widely circulated.