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17 November 2016  

Final INNOCAT newsletter: tenders, policies and publications

The final newsletter of the INNOCAT project is now available online, sharing the latest news in the world of sustainable catering as well as the major outcomes of the project. These include tenders for more sustainable catering services in France and the UK, as well as two policies to ensure that future procurement carried out by the City of Turin and the regional environmental agency Arpa Piemonte will incorporate sustainability principles from the project.

The INNOCAT market engagement report also features in the newsletter. This publication provides four detailed approaches on how to effectively engage the market for public procurement. These include market engagement carried out within the project by the University of Sheffield and a market engagement approach used by City Interest Group member Copenhagen.

The newsletter also provides an update on the ongoing revision of the European Commission’s GPP criteria for food and catering, as well as a detailed look at the City of Turin’s carbon footprint calculations which were carried out as part of the INNOCAT project.

For more information on any of these topics, read the final INNOCAT newsletter.

16 November 2016  

Procura+ Manual Launched

The 3rd Edition of the Procura+ Manual was launched at the Procura+ Seminar in Rome on 13 and 14 October 2016. This fully updated and revised edition of the Procura+ Manual aims to position sustainable procurement in the current economic, political and legal framework. As with previous editions, it acts as a central point of reference for public authorities and others wishing to understand and implement sustainable procurement.

The manual includes practical advice on how to integrate sustainability into procurement and a model for systematically implementing sustainable procurement – the Procura+ Management Cycle. The manual also explores the possibilities for sustainable and innovation procurement set out within the 2014 Directives, together with how they can be applied in practice.

Key guidance is provided on sustainable procurement approaches for six high-priority product groups – construction, IT equipment, cleaning products, food, vehicles and electricity. Links and references throughout the text showcase good practice examples from around Europe, including many from participants of the Procura+ Network, more detailed information on the product groups covered and a variety of further implementation tools.

The Procura+ Manual is published by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and produced as part of the SPP Regions project.

For more information, download the Procura+ Manual.