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EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter/GuiDanCe project is setting up an online training, for cities only, on ‘Energy Efficiency in Data Centres: Lessons Learned from Evaluating Over 200 Public Sector Data Centres in Europe’.
Tuesday 5 December
11:00-12:00 C.E.T (Brussels time)
The session will provide an overview of the lessons learned from the EU H2020-funded EURECA project (https://www.dceureca.eu/). Energy-saving opportunities, barriers to adoption and running cost of facilities are among the areas covered by the training. Some of the material presented will highlight for the first time some interesting results around average running cost of servers in the public sector, IT energy consumption distribution, and key factors affecting energy efficiency beyond PUE. Experience from a city involved in a project will be shared with the audience.
The training is suitable for civil servants including heads of IT’s, CxO’s, data centre managers, Energy managers/officers, sustainability managers/officers, as well as procurers.
Continuous Professional Development: Attendees of the training session will receive an official EURECA / GDC training certificate.
11:00 – 11:05 : Introductory remarks, by Rebecca Portail (Green Digital Charter, EUROCITIES)
11:05 – 11:25 : ‘Making the Business Case for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres: Lessons Learned from Evaluating Over 200 Public Sector Data Centres in Europe’, by Dr. Rabih Bashroush, coordinator of the EURECA project.
11:25 – 11:45: ‘Northern Ireland exploit datacentre and cloud services to deliver better citizen services’, by Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services at Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)
11:45- 11:55 : Q&A
11:55 – 12:00 : Closing remarks
Dr. Rabih Bashroush is the Coordinator of the H2020 EURECA project and the Director of the Enterprise Computing research group (http://bit.ly/2ruEu8b) at the University of East London. Before joining UEL, he spent 10 years at the Queen’s University Belfast in various roles. He held visiting scientist positions at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Philips Research Labs (Netherlands), and Danfoss Power Electronics (Denmark). In 2016, he was appointed as the coordinator of the EU Commission DG CONNECT Smart Cities Research Cluster (https://www.smartcitiescluster.eu/) on Energy Efficiency in Data Centers.
He serves on the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group on Green Data Centers; the BSI TCT/7/3 Telecommunications; Installation requirements: Facilities and infrastructures – CEN/CENELEC TC215; and the BSI ST/46 ISO SC 39 Sustainability For and By IT standardisation committees. He served on the EU Commission Expert Working Group for Best Environmental Practice in the Telecommunication and ICT services sector and the EU Consultation Forum for the EcoDesign legislation for energy efficient Servers. Dr Bashroush has worked with a number of central and local governments in Europe on energy efficiency projects of varying sizes.
Mrs. Caron Alexander is Director of Digital Shared Services at Department of Finance of the Government of Northern Ireland Government. She will share her experience in collaborating with the EURECA project from the public sector’s side.
The eafip network of lawyers offers free assistance in the preparation and implementation of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) or public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI). The assistance is financed by the European Commission, and comes at no charge to you. In particular, the eafip assistance can support you with :
- Scoping identified procurement needs that can be tackled with innovative solutions;
- Preparing and conducting an EU-wide published open market consultation;
- Drafting tendering documents;
- Launching an EU-wide published call for tender
Deadline: 15 November 2017 at 5:00 P.M (Brussels-time)
The eafip initiative has so far provided Assistance to seven success stories across the EU:
- Het Waterschapshuis (the Netherlands) with inter alia a change in the procurement strategy and the set-up of a market consultation
- Eurail Group Europe (the Netherlands) with support in the selection of tenders and the implementation of a negotiated procedure
- Department of Mobility and Public Works, Maritime Access division (Belgium) with procurement strategy, stakeholder approach and other aspects
- Gijon Impulsa Empresas – Asturias (Spain) including improvements brought to their business case and the preparation of market consultation
- Agency for Innovation, financing and development of enterprises – ADE in the Castilla y Leon Region (Spain) covering their procurement strategy and stakeholder approach
- Canal de Isabel II – (Spain) including support in the preparation phase including an open market consultation
- Dutch Ministry of Defense (the Netherlands) with best practices for innovation procurement, the development of a business case and contract management.
You too can be one of the public procurers to benefit from the eafip Assistance!
Fill-in the application form now for a chance to be supported with your PCP / PPI project. The deadline is 5pm (Brussels-time) on 15th November 2017
If you are interested in conducting an innovation procurement and want to know more about it, the eafip Toolkit is the perfect guide to innovation procurement for policy makers, public procurers and legal services.
With the EIP-SCC General Assembly taking place in Eindhoven at the end of May, Smart Cities are now at the top of the European political agenda. Smart Cities are a focus area for Horizon 2020 and many projects have already been piloted and implemented across the Union.
Next challenge for smart cities will be to open a European market for interoperable solutions and common procurement specifications. That is the idea now defended by Roberto Viola, head of the European Commission’s DG-CONNECT. Read his opinion by clicking here
M. Viola announces that, in November 2016 and under the EU Urban Agenda, “as part of [its] commitment to improve access to information, advice and investments, the Commission will launch a special portal for cities. It will provide a single, transparent, entry-point for details on EU policies and funding opportunities for cities, including access to finance and technical help from the European investment advisory hub”.
Cities will also be able to find new substantial amounts of money from regional policy funds that have now become available to local authorities as well to invest in infrastructures and innovative services.
The original article was published on The Parliament Magazine (20.04.2016)
On April 2016, the European Commission published a fully revised version of Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement.
The Handbook is the European Commission’s main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.
The third edition of the Handbook includes:
- Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014)
- Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
- Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.
For more information, see the Commission’s website (http://bit.ly/1S8XZtM)
The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (eafip) will held two workshops on the topic of innovation public procurement for the environment and general/egovernment sector.
The workshops target public procurement authorities in general public services like public administration, and economic and financial affairs (ministries, regional and local authorities, public utility companies, etc.) and public procurers active in the environment sector.
- eafip Workshop for public procurers in the Environmental sector 4 May 2016, Rome, Italy. Register and Agenda
- eafip Workshop for public procurers in the General/eGovernment sector. 31 May 2016 Barcelona, Spain. Register and Agenda
The objective is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe. Will be discussed EU funding opportunities (Horizon 2020 calls), case-examples and lessons learned as well as the eafip Toolkit.
Participating public authorities will have a chance to openly discuss unmet procurement needs, innovation concepts, project ideas and much more. All procurers will have an opportunity to briefly present theirs ideas, plans and projects in the parallel sessions.
More information can be found on eafip.eu.
The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) is a three year initiative of the European Commission for the support of public procurers who want to start and implement innovation procurements of ICT-based solutions.
Through EAFIP, EU Commission collects data from public procurements, develops toolkits on innovation procurement and opens calls to fund public procurers’ innovative projects.
The last call for EAFIP Assistance is now open until 17th of April 2016 for applications. Candidates will apply to receive free hands-on and tailored support to develop their own Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) or Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI). The EAFIP initiative is open to all public procurers across EU. Up to 12 of them will be selected and provided with a complete assistance (also legal assistance) in the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement project. To submit an application, eligible candidates only need to fill in an online survey before 17th April 2016.
Horizon 2020 seeks to improve the support for groups of public procurers either in PCP, research and development on procurement before the market, or in PPI, integration for innovative commercial solutions in the market.
European procurers interested in PPI may check the Procurement of Innovation Platform, a hub for information regarding innovation procurement supported by European Commission.
Fore more info, click here.