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Links to relevant projects and initiatives

Sustainable Procurement Campaign, Procura+ is an initiative designed to help support public authorities in implementing sustainable procurement – and help promote their achievements. The Campaign offers a wide range of tools (e.g. purchasing criteria), guidance (e.g. methodologies, case studies) and a framework to assist public authorities in making their procurement actions sustainable.

Sustainable NOW project aims to strengthen the role of local and regional governments in guiding their communities in the sustainable energy transition period. Sustainable NOW will increase the understanding of non-technical energy and management aspects, address capacity building, as well as encourage peer exchange and reviews to create an environment of tangible results. The project is funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.

The SCI-Network - Sustainable Construction & Innovation through Procurement - connects public authorities looking to procure innovative and sustainable solutions within their construction projects. It aims to jointly identify new construction solutions, and to examine how best to encourage innovation in construction procurement. Five working groups on "Innovation in sustainable renovation - application of environmental assessment systems", "New Technical Solutions", "Procuring Innovation – Procedures & Methods", "Whole-life Costing" and "Financing & Contracting" have been set up to achieve this.

Buy Smart website provides free consultation and information material on green public procurement (GPP) in English, German, Czech, Italian, Latvian, Swedish and Slovenian. The project is funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy programme. In addition to general information on GPP, procurement tools for the product groups building components, green electricity, household appliances, lighting, office equipment and vehicles are also offered.

Public Procurement Boosts Energy Efficiency (PRO-EE) project aims to harness the buying power of public authorities to drive the market for innovative environmental technologies. A partnership of public authorities from 6 European countries will undertake large-scale joint procurement of technologies to secure a higher market share for the most energy efficient products to accelerate their market penetration.

The DEEP project (funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme), was aimed at promoting opportunities for increasing energy efficiency in the public buildings sector. The website contains a selection of useful resources, such as purchasing guidelines for energy efficient construction, green electricity and IT equipment and a tool for calculating the life-cycle costs of products.

EURO-TOPTEN - Reducing energy consumption: making efficient products the normal and best choice for consumers, retailers and manufacturers.

Green Fleet Procurement Models (PROCURA) project developed joint procurement models, fleet scan tools and manuals to facilitate the acquisition and maintenance of alternative fuel vehicles for private and public fleets.

The Blue Economy is a project that focuses on one hundred of the best nature-inspired technologies that could affect the economies of the world, while sustainably providing basic human needs - potable water, food, jobs and shelter. With time, the world could even see innovations ranging from solar water heating systems with a 25 year guarantee as developed in the city of Bogotá (Colombia) to harnessing enough body heat to generate power to charge mobile phones.

The aim of PRISME (PRocurement of Innovation from SMEs) is to improve SMEs’ access – and more particularly innovative SMEs’ access – to public procurement by bridging the gap between them and public buyers. To achieve this goal, the activities carried out by PRISME will target SMEs on one side, public procurers on the other side, and public procurers and SMEs altogether. Innovation and public procurement will be the cornerstones of the actions implemented throughout the project.

Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe (EVUE) is a project focusing on the development of integrated, sustainable strategies and dynamic leadership techniques for cities to promote the use of electric vehicles.