24 March 2020

Procura+ Awards 2020: Deadline extended and Jury announced

Procura+ Awards 2020: Deadline extended and Jury announced

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We would like to give all public authorities who want to apply to the Procura+ Awards 2020 the opportunity to submit an application, and we understand that the current situation can make this difficult. Therefore, the deadline for applications to the 2020 Procura+ Awards has been extended until 30 April 2020 in all four award categories - Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Procurement Initiative of the Year, as well as Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT.

Hosted by Procura+ network coordinators ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in cooperation with the Procure2Innovate project, the competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure. The high-level jury will include the Director in the European Commission's DG GROW Marzena Rogalska; senior policy adviser at OECD's Infrastructure and Public Procurement Division Erika Bozzay; strategist innovation procurement at the Swedish Competence Centre for Innovation Procurement Johanna Enberg; and Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, Mark Hidson.

Last year, the City of The City of Zurich (Switzerland) and its initiative to use recycled concrete in buildings was announced was the winner of the ‘Procurement Initiative of the Year’. Zurich has saved around 17,000m3 of virgin materials (and landfill space) through this. The Sustainable Procurement of the Year Award went to the City of Ghent (Belgium), that launched a pilot procurement for ethically produced workwear in line with the socially responsible requirements in its procurement policy and worked in partnership with suppliers to get the sustainble products required. 

The excellence of the innovation partnership for decentralised cloudburst management of the Municipality of Frederiksberg (Denmark) was awarded the Innovation Procurement of the Year prize. And CERN won the prize in the Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT category, thanks to its open cloud data storage innovation through pre-commercial procurement. 

Public authorities can submit their candidacies to the Procura+ Awards 2020 until 30 April. This year’s edition is conductedin co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovateproject. For more information: www.procuraplus.org/awards