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Talk from the Public Procurement Taverna

It’s Friday, so here is our roundup of stories, information and events we picked up down the (imaginary) procurement cafe/bar/cave/biergarten (according to your location) this week. With well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies, you would think it ought to be done well — not always! as we found out.

Do click through and read the full articles that interest you – some of them we will come back to in greater detail in due course.

ICLEI Launches Sustainable Procurement Website

Seven European public authority networks are participating in the sustainable public procurement (SPP) project. A regions’ website has been coordinated and launched by ICLEI Europe (the network of sustainable cities operating worldwide). It aims to strengthen the ability of public authorities with seven European regional networks to purchase sustainably and provide and demonstrate value for money. ICLEI, which coordinates the project along with 13 partners, hopes to send a strong signal of demand for sustainability to suppliers. Ten further networks will be announced over the course of the three-year €1.5 million programme. You can read more here on the Cities Today website.

Scottish Government Should Consider Firms’ Wider Behaviour Before Awarding Public Contracts – says pressure group

The Daily Record reports that “campaigners want the Scottish Government to consider firms’ ‘wider behavior’ when awarding public contracts.” The call is to stop “unethical” companies getting their hands on large public contracts. Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown is being called on to look at public procurement law, supporters of the campaign say “Spending public money is more than just a commercial transaction, it is also a statement of what we collectively as citizens believe we should invest in.” There’s more on the story here, and no doubt we will come back to this very important issue.

CIPS eSourcing and eProcurement Knowledge Area

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement professional institute, certainly as measured by number of individual members or revenues. Over the past few years, it has powered ahead of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) on those terms, mainly through 2 things – a more focused commercial approach than most other professional bodies and growth in the emerging markets. Now, in partnership with BravoSolution, market-leading strategic procurement solution provider, it opens its eSourcing and eProcurement knowledge area — packed full of resources, like case studies and best practice guides on how to leverage technologies to meet everyday challenges. There are some great public sector stories among its case studies too — so well worth a look. And it’s all free.

Procurement for Public ‘Electromobility’ in Barcelona (Spain) 

The public transport operator Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has decided to integrate fullyelectric buses into its fleet.Tenders have been published on January 14th. Clean, energy efficient vehicles are part of TMB’s wider initiative for a more sustainable city. In choosing electric vehicles, emissions will be cut as electric buses are ‘zero-emission’. There’s more about the tender and links to Innovation procurement of clean emergency vehicles in Belgium, and National procurement of electric vehicles in Sweden, on the Eltis (urban mobility observatory) website.