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29 June 2017

Deadline extended for 2017 Procura+ Awards

ICLEI has extended the deadline for applications to the 2017 Procura+ Awards until 18 July 2017 for the Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Tender Procedure of the Year categories. The competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

The 2016 edition of the Procura+ Awards saw the City of Copenhagen (Denmark), Transport for London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.

The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. Winners will be featured in a variety of ICLEI publications and web platforms, and at the next EcoProcura conference.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website

23 June 2017

Workshop on environmental assessment of bio-based products

Within the framework of the BioBase4SME project, a workshop on the environmental assessment of bio-based products will take place next 28th July. The event is targeting small and medium enterprises, as well as start-ups that are involved in the development of bio-based products and services.

The workshop will focus on the importance of life cycle assessment (LCA) and how to understand and communicate LCA results and how an environmental assessment should be performed. First session will give answers to the common question “Why should I prove it’s green if it’s bio?” Next, attendees will learn about how to communicate LCA and sustainability across bio-based product value chains. There will also be a presentation of guidelines for environmental assessment of bio-based chemicals. The event will finish with a bio-based networking cocktail.

In the coming weeks, the InnProBio team will issue its fifth factsheet on life cycle assessment and bio-based products.

To register to the event, click here

9 June 2017

Dinner debate to share lessons from the bioeconomy

The project ProBIO will host a Dinner Debate at the European Parliament on 28 June to discuss how to increase impact from publicly funded research. The event will be hosted by Lieve Wierinck MEP, member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, and shadow rapporteur on the European Parliament’s assessment of the implementation of Horizon 2020.

At the opening of the event, success stories from ProBIO interventions will be shared with the participants. During the first course, speakers are expected to discuss the barriers to impact in FP7, as well as suggest recommendations for future programmes. The focus of the debate during the main course will be the first results from the Horizon 2020 mid-term evaluation, to afterwards move to share ideas on how to maximise the impact of publicly funded research.

The debate will be animated by the partners of the ProBIO project, a multi-disciplinary team built around highly specialised green innovation consultancies, with deep experience in innovation support. ProBIO has explored over 400 projects funded by the Knowledge Based Bioeconomy (KBBE) FP7 Programme, to identify the most advanced research results, and provide result owners with individual coaching to help them to commercialise their products and services.

Registration to the event is mandatory, but free of charge. For more information, visit here.

2 June 2017

2017 Procura+ Awards: Call for applications from European cities

The call for the 2017 Procura+ Awards is open. The Awards will showcase the achievements of European cities' sustainable and innovative procurement projects. The three award categories now open for applications are Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year.

The closing date is 30 June 2017. The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn (Estonia) on 17 October.

While all participants have the opportunity to highlight their procurement successes, the winners of each category will be awarded with: Free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference, a case study on the Sustainable Procurement Platform and PPI Platform, publicity in a variety of ICLEI publications, and the right to use the Procura+ Award winners' logo.

For more information and to download an application, visit the Procura+ website or contact