Sustainable Public Procurement Event on the Horizon  

There’s an event coming up this autumn which we thought you might like to know about if you are involved in any way in promoting, developing or implementing best practice procurement for urban sustainability, green projects, a greener economy or are interested generally in sustainable public procurement and making the world a better place! It is applicable to buyers of all levels of government and indeed policy makers, academics and businesses that supply/intend to supply to the public sector.

EcoProcura takes place 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands) and registration before August 31 offers a preferential rate. It’s the only forum at European level, we are told, where you can gather the latest strategies and practical solutions on Sustainable Public Procurement. We do know that it will provide an opportunity to meet with and listen to many like-minded procurement professionals on issues such as the circular economy, procurement as a strategic tool, how procurement can help achieve policy aims, recognition of professional procurement skillsets and what developments in innovation procurement actually mean for the function within cities and other organisations.

You can read about the speakers here and now that the breakout sessions have been confirmed, you can also read about those.

It’s an impressive line-up of high-profile speakers representing countries across Europe, also from the European Commission and the European Parliament, but we are particularly interested to hear from Dr. Bertrand Piccard, chairman of Solar Impulse Foundation. Now this should be fascinating as an inspirational speech – he’s a Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, Explorer and Aviator! He was the visionary behind the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel; he carried out two round-the-world flights, one in a non-stop balloon and the other in a solar-powered airplane. And he will be kicking off proceedings with a speech about progress and sustainability, renewable energies and clean technologies, and how we can change the people’s mindsets into doing things differently.

This sets the scene for the three-day event, two of which are dedicated to interactive breakout sessions: they will dig into the circular economy, mobility, buildings and infrastructure, measuring the impact of procurement, food and catering, sustainable finance, social procurement, and energy. The breakout sessions are a good opportunity to learn about best practices and approaches for strategic procurement across key product and service sectors. For example, one of the sessions, Measuring the impact of sustainable public procurement (SPP), discusses the findings from a report from the RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment) on measuring the impact of SPP, which historically is difficult to achieve. It will also include a discussion on how to adapt SPP policies.

So, if you are interested in attending, more details can be found here on the EcoProcura 2018 website, and you can register for the conference here. The event is organised by the European Green Capital City of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

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