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8 October 2014  

EcoProcura highlights strategic potential of sustainable and innovation procurement

The 9th Ecoprocura Conference took place in Ghent (Belgium) from 24-26 September 2014. The conference, which was organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Ghent, demonstrated the consensus that the pressing issues facing Europe today require public authorities to work with the market to develop sustainable and innovative solutions, rather than viewing the market as unchangeable. The move towards a more cooperative and transparent relationship with business was emphasised. These outcomes will inform policy processes, and will be fed into the Procura+ Campaign, a movement of public authorities at the forefront of sustainable and innovation procurement in Europe.

The INNOCAT project was presented at a parallel session titled Innovation and sustainability in catering procurement. Gaynor Whyles, director of JERA Consulting, UK, presented Efficiency, Quality and Sustainability through Innovation Procurement while Mark Stein, a Postgraduate Researcher at Salford University Business School in the UK, presented two examples of School Food Procurement.

Many participants demonstrated their interest in joining the INNOCAT interest group and the buyers groups for the on-going procurement procedures. In addition, a second Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) award was launched at the event. Those interested in applying should contact info@innovation-procurement.org.

For further information, read the press releases on the EcoProcura Conference and the PPI Award.