Congratulations to the Public Sector Innovation and Sustainability Award Winners

On the last day of November, the most outstanding innovative procurement activities were showcased at the Procura+ Awards in Sweden, and the winners announced. We have been highlighting the shortlisted entries for the past couple of weeks, here and here. These awards are part of the ICLEI (local governments for sustainability) network’s drive for positive change in sustainable cities worldwide.

We would like to extend our belated congratulations to the winners and runners up, including The City of Copenhagen (Denmark) in the category of "Sustainable procurement of the year" for its procurement of healthy, sustainable, biodiverse and appetising food. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the body within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, in the category of "Tender procedure of the year," for an innovative contract to procure the works and services necessary to widen the A6 motorway.

And we were fortunate to catch up with the winner of the “Innovation procurement of the year” award -- Transport for London. The public transport operator took an innovative approach to procurement, looking at the whole life-cycle cost associated with lighting the expansive London Underground network.

We asked Dr Leon Smith, Capital Programmes Directorate, London Underground, what made this procurement especially innovative. His answers, if  you are interested, are over on our public sector site, Public Spend Forum Europe, where you will also see some supportive comments from readers expressing how this is just the kind of thing we need to see more of in the public sector.

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