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Most impressive procurement activities in Europe announced at Procura+ Awards

Malmö, Sweden, 1 December 2016
- Procurers from Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands took home the 2016 Procura+ Awards at a ceremony in Malmö (Sweden) last night. The awards recognise the most outstanding procurement activities carried out in Europe in three categories.

The award ceremony was held as part of the Sustainable City Development conference, an international event exploring how cities can work towards implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The City of Copenhagen (Denmark) beat off competition in the category "Sustainable procurement of the year" for its procurement of healthy, sustainable, biodiverse and appetising food. The city aims to ensure that 90 percent of all food procured by the municipality should be organic. Through this contract, the city procured 100 percent organic fruit and vegetables as well as sourcing many different varieties of each.

Transport for London was awarded “Innovation procurement of the year”. The British capital’s public transport operator sought to reduce the whole life-cycle cost associated with lighting the expansive London Underground network. With support from the EU funded Procurement of Lighting Innovation and Technology in Europe (PRO-LITE) project, TfL carried out extensive early market engagement with over 80 manufacturers. TfL introduced a procurement approach which calculated external costs as well as unit price, including installation, maintenance, energy use, carbon and cleaning costs. Indicative results suggest a 25 percent saving on whole life-cycle costs, and significant reductions in energy consumption.

Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the body within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment responsible for infrastructure facilities, was recognised in the category "Tender procedure of the year". RWS used an innovative contract to procure the works and services necessary to widen the A6 motorway. The project team wanted the motorway to be energy neutral after construction, developing two instruments to calculate the CO2 equivalent emissions of the project: the CO2 Performance Ladder to limit emissions within the company’s supply chain, and the DuboCalc programme to calculate the sustainability value of the design and materials. The procurement achieved predicted savings of 52,800 tonnes of CO2e and 15,048 toe energy savings over 50 years.

“I would like to congratulate each award winner for their fantastic achievement. Each organisation has demonstrated how procurement can be used as a valuable tool to achieve strategic sustainability aims,” said Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker, Deputy Mayor, Växjö.

"The Procura+ Network gives out these awards to highlight the potential that procurement has at the local government level to help meet broader objectives, particularly the targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement," said Philipp Tepper, Procura+ Network Manager.

The Procura+ Awards are held as part of ICLEI Europe’s Procura+ Network, a movement of public authorities at the forefront of sustainable and innovation procurement in Europe.

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More information
Procura+ Awards: http://www.procuraplus.org/awards/
Procura+: http://www.procuraplus.org/
ICLEI Europe: http://www.iclei-europe.org/

Caroline Chandler
Sustainable Economy and Procurement Officer
ICLEI European Secretariat
Email: caroline.chandler@iclei.org