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Newswire Weekly – European Public Procurement Update

This is our weekly European public procurement news roundup. We will be bringing you recent public sector stories and information from around Europe’s news portals, reporting on how more than a trillion Euros of taxpayer money is being spent. This will become part of a future initiative to bring you more frequent, online reporting.

Public Procurement of palm oil banned by Norway

Following the release of a report by the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) which finds palm oil-based biofuel worse for the climate than fossil fuels, the Norwegian parliament voted on June 13 to ban the public procurement and use of palm oil-based biofuel. The production and use of palm oil in many goods, including cosmetics and food, is a a long-debated issue. Norway may be the first country to pass this regulatroy amendment – might other countries follow suit we wonder. Eco-Business has the full story.

Green Criteria for public sector worker uniforms

New criteria set out in the Green Public Procurement Initiative for textile products and services urges the public sector to source only environmentally friendly uniforms, particularly for the police, hosptials and military. EU members are asked to buy textiles that are sustainable and recyclable – one assumes for the the public sector to set the example. There’s more on Just-Style. The EU GPP criteria aims to make it easier for public sector bodies to buy greener products.

Western Europe to invest $133.7 billion in smart grid infrastructure by 2027

A press release this week announced that Western Europe will invest $133.7 billion in smart grid infrastructure through 2027, according to a new study published by Northeast Group LLC. EU regulations are driving smart grid deployments and require most countries to deploy smart metres to 80% of residential customers by 2020. The study is available to order and more details are here.

Scotland social housing contract welcomes bids

Heating contractors are invited to bid for a social housing procurement framework, specifically designed to help registered social landlords meet their obligations under the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH). The framework is expected to generate contract work with a total value of around £600 million over four years across the social housing sector in Scotland. More details are here.
Hungary – strict new rules for NGOs
Hungary has approved strict new rules for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with foreign funding. It requires NGOs that get money from abroad to register with the authorities. “The government says it wants to ensure greater transparency and protect Hungary from foreign influence, but NGOs say the bill stigmatises them and is intended to stifle independent voices in the central European country,” more from Reuters here.
Report on uptake of PPI in waste in public sector
The PPI4Waste project has published a report on uptake of PPI approaches in the waste sector, based on lessons learned through the 3-year project’s activities. The report highlights several recommendations for policy-makers on procurement of innovation in the waste sector, and explores its application to specific areas such as bulky waste, plastic separation and bio-waste. The PPI website has the fuller story.