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Procura+ Awards – A Look at the Innovative Procurement Finalists (Part 3)

Over the past couple of days we’ve outlined four of the six finalists in the Procura+ Awards. These awards encourage, and then showcase, public procurers that adopt a more innovation-led and sustainable approach to buying that will ultimately be for the good of the community.

The Awards recognise three categories of excellence: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year. Today let’s take a look at the finalists in the third category. The overall winner will be announced at The Sustainable City Development Conference 2016, tomorrow, the 30th November, in Malmö. This conference focuses on how European cities can work towards putting the UN’s 17 new Sustainable Development Goals into practice.

The two innovations in the category for Tender Procedure of the Year. are:

City of London Corporation, UK – corporate cleaning services

In procuring its cleaning services, the City of London applied GPP criteria to ensure staff welfare had the highest priority and that only environmentally friendly and animal-cruelty-free products were used.

The resulting contract used a range of innovative equipment such as cordless vacuums, pulse mopping, microfiber cloths, which clean effectively using only water, as well as trialling electric vehicles for its response teams. Social outcomes were an important aspect of this green cleaning contract, with zero hours contracts fordbidden, flexible family-friendly schedules released a month in advance, all staff being paid the living wage, and given access to training and opportunities for local volunteering.

The procurement managed to reduce life-cycle costs and negative environmental impacts.

Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands – Sustainable Reconstruction of the Motorway A6

Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) used a DBFM (Design, Build, Finance & Maintain) contract to procure the works and services necessary to widen the A6 motorway. The project aimed to achieve energy-neutral road reconstruction with significant CO2e savings.

The project team wanted the motorway to be energy-neutral after construction, and therefore developed two instruments to calculate the CO2 equivalent emissions: the CO2 Performance Ladder to limit emissions within the company’s supply chain, and the DuboCalc programme to calculate the sustainability value of design and materials. RWS selected a tender using a combination of price and quality according to the EMAS (economically most advantageous submission) approach.

The procurement achieved a predicted 52,800 tonnes of CO2e savings over 50 years and a predicted 15,048 tonnes of oil equivalent energy savings over 50 years.


We will be bringing you more detailed information on the winning procurement once it is announced, with some first-hand insight from the winning party. For now – you can read more on the Porcura+ website and if you would like to know more about the judging process and criteria, you can read our interview with one of the judges from last year.