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Conference Organisers

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125 countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. ICLEI Europe provides Members in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and West Asia with a voice on European and international stages, a platform to connect with peers and tools to drive positive environmental, economic and social change. ICLEI Europe works closely with an extended network of local and regional governments and partners on a broad range of topics.


City of Lisbon

Lisbon is a centuries-old city with many stories to tell. Portugal's capital, known as the city of the seven hills, is home to 545,000 inhabitants. In Lisbon, tradition meets culture, entertainment, and technological innovation. The city has been awarded the prize for Best City Break Destination five times and is famous for the hospitality with which it welcomes visitors.

Lisbon has a clear position in terms of combating climate change. By implementing several measures – which were enhanced thanks to being a signatory to the European Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – Lisbon has committed to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The city joined the EU Mission "100 Climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030" and is actively implementing a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan.

Lisbon is committed to being one of Europe's most innovative, intelligent and sustainable cities. Steps to this end include creating the Lisbon Unicorn Factory, a programme that supports start-ups to scale up and unlock their growth potential. The "Lisboa Unicorn Capital" brand launched in May 2023 aggregates all innovation-focused business hubs linked to the city's ecosystem and continue positioning Lisbon as a global hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. Working with its innovation community will ensure Lisbon's success as an innovation capital.




Rijkswaterstaat is the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Ministry is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. Rijkswaterstaat endeavours to create a sustainable living environment. And manages and develops the main road network and waterway network plus the main water systems.

See Rijkswaterstaat's website


TCO Certified

TCO Certified is a global sustainability certification for IT products. It includes circularity aspects and helps purchasing organizations and the IT industry address the most important sustainability challenges connected to electronics, such as climate impact, hazardous substances, and supply chain responsibility. All criteria are mandatory, and accredited experts independently verify compliance with the criteria.
See TCO Certified's website


European Association for Innovation in Local Development (AEIDL)

AEIDL is an association that aims to foster community-led innovation across Europe. Its core team comprises experts in socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), employment and social inclusion, gender equality, social economy, social innovation, migration, regional policy, and sustainable urban and rural development. It also includes communication and dissemination expertise, and is complemented by an extensive pool of partners and experts in every EU country. AEIDL was lead partner of the ‘Buying for Social Impact’ project aimed at increasing the capacity of public buyers and social economy enterprises in the use of SRPP (EASME and DG GROW). It was ICLEI’s partner in the #WeBuySocialEU project which produced the ‘Making socially responsible public procurement work – 71 good practice cases’ publication and carried out the #WeBuySocialEU social media campaign (EASME and DG GROW). It led a service contract on gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) (EIGE), producing a toolkit on how to mainstream gender issues across the procurement cycle. AEIDL is now involved in the Green Public Procurement (GPP) Helpdesk (DG ENV and DG GROW).
See AEIDL's website


Corvers Procurement Services BV is a leading legal consultancy firm specialised in European public procurement law, innovation, IPR, ICT and contracting. Corvers has extensive proven expertise in providing independent professional services relating to public procurement and innovation procurement in particular towards EU public buyers, institutions and agencies for over 20 years. The Corvers team consists of high level and dedicated professionals driven to use their knowledge and expertise to deliver high quality guidance, support and advice to its clients and create a positive impact. The Corvers’ experts are regular invited speakers to numerous events (both on national an European level) relating to public procurement and innovation and are experienced trainers in the field of innovation procurement.
See CORVERS BV's webste

CO2 Performance Ladder (CO2PL)

The CO2 Performance Ladder (CO2PL)is a proven effective, impactful green public procurement tool that drives structural CO2 reduction in organisations, their projects and supply chain. With a certificate on the Ladder, organizations receive an award advantage for their registration on tenders. The CO2PL is a best practice instrument, proven to be effective over 14 years of implementation in the Netherlands, recognized by the IPCC, OECD and WEF. Since 2011 the system has been owned and managed by the independent, non-profit foundation, the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO). The CO2PL is now being structurally implemented in Belgium and tested in several other European countries , including Ireland, France, the UK and Germany. The CO2 Performance Ladder team are enthusiastic to share our experience, knowledge, and instrument with cities and local authorities to help them harness the power of procurement to drive decarbonization in their country/region.
See CO2 Performance Ladder's website

CSCP (Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production)

The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) is an international non-profit Think and Do tank that works with businesses, policy makers, partner organisations and civil society towards a good life. Cities and Infrastructure is one of the CSCP’s main topics, with a special focus on supporting cities, municipalities, and local actors in the transition to circular economy in a participatory and inclusive way.
See CSCP's website

European Innovation Council

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is Europe’s flagship innovation program to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and game changing innovations. The EIC Innovation Procurement program of the Business Acceleration Services (BAS) aims at mainstreaming Innovation Procurement fostering the engagement of public and private buyers with top-notch innovators across Europe.
See European Innovation Council's website

Fondazione Ecosistemi

Fondazione Ecosistemi is an organization specialized in strategies, programs, actions and tools for sustainable development, and leader in GPP and sustainable procurement. Since its foundation in 1998, Fondazione Ecosistemi has worked in a pioneering way to concretely transform the actions of its partners towards environmental and social sustainability. Its partners are private companies, public administrations, local authorities and third sector organizations that want to engage in sustainable development paths. To develop strategies or to study in depth the problems along the path towards sustainability is not enough: the environmental and fair transition requires the to transposition of good practices into new realities, adapting theory to real contexts and territories. This is why FondazioneEcosistemi works in close connection with the environment and local communities, by engaging all relevant stakeholders in designing and implementing the transition, supporting networks for local sustainable development to strengthen institutional capacity.
See Fondazione Ecosistemi's website

Global Ecolabelling Network

Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is the leading network of the world’s most robust ecolabels for people and planet. GEN is a non-profit organisation that sets the global benchmark for ecolabel excellence. This makes it simple for governments and businesses to cut through greenwashing, make better decisions, and stimulate the global market for sustainable goods and services.
See GENs website


International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN)

IGPN promotes green purchasing around the globe by coordinating those who take the initiative in implementing green purchasing towards sustainable consumption and production. IGPN was launched in 2005 with its mission: promote globally the development of environmentally friendly products and services and green purchasing activities; share information and know-how on green purchasing and environmentally friendly products and services internationally; harmonize the efforts of green purchasing and the development of environmentally friendly products and services from a global viewpoint. IGPN works with its members, Green Purchasing Networks from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, China etc., and regions such as China Hong Kong SAR and Chinese Taipei, partners with the Global Lead City Network led by ICLEI on sustainable procurement and the Green Ecolabelling Network, collaborates with the UNEP One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement Programme support the implementation of SDG12.
See IGPN website

International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to create a world where people and the planet thrive. Our mission is to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resources, and fair economies. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, the private sector, NGOs, and communities come together to share knowledge, commit to change, and build resilience. With offices in Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, our research spans the globe and we work in more than 100 countries. IISD has been engaged in research and advisory services on sustainable public procurement for nearly 15 years, guiding governments around the world on using the public procurement function strategically to advance sustainable development. IISD has become a trusted partner to bring global best practices on GPP into countries’ procurement strategies. IISD has worked with numerous governments globally to provide knowledge, tools and training to implement GPP.
See International Institute for Sustainable Development's website


The PPPI Service Center was established within the Federal Procurement Agency (BBG) in 2013. Financed by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy and by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, the PPPI Service Center (IÖB-Servicestelle) or national competence center for innovation procurement acts as the single point of contact for pre-commercial procurement and innovation procurement issues in Austria. It also initiates and conducts pilot projects and offers services in the fields of further education and training, in addition to running the innovation platform On this platform unmet needs of public procurers are published in form of moderated Open Innovation Challenges. Innovative companies can submit their innovative solutions that can solve those challenges.
See IÖB's website

National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG)

LNEG, under the slogan “Building a cleaner and better future”, has as its mission to contribute independently to economic development and improving the quality of life, putting knowledge at the service of society. Its Vision is to be a reference institution capable of contributing with excellent solutions for a decarbonised economy. LNEG, as an institution of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action, works as a consultant for public policy on energy and geology, environment, sustainability, metrology, standardization, quality, and certification. LNEG has started its activities in Sustainable Procurement in 2004 and works in close cooperation with private and public organisations. Main activities are: Guidance on criteria applied to sustainable procurement; Training on sustainable procurement for public authorities and other organisations; Implementation of European projects on green public procurement; Participation in the definition of national policies on green public procurement; Research on sustainable procurement methodologies; and, Awareness raising; elaboration of dissemination materials, organisation of workshops.
See LNEG's website

One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

The One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) programme is a voluntary global multi-stakeholder partnership in which various parties - governmental, non-governmental, public and private, agree to work together in a systematic way with the aim to promote and accelerate the implementation of sustainable public procurement globally as a way to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
See One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement Programme website

Open Contracting Partnership

Open Contracting Partnership

The Open Contracting Partnership is an independent non-profit public charity 501(c)(3) working in over 50 countries. It is a silo-busting collaboration across governments, businesses, civil society, and technologists to open up and transform government contracting worldwide. Bringing open data and open government together, it helps to make sure public money is spent openly, fairly and effectively on public contracts, the single biggest item of spending by most governments. They are a government’s number one corruption risk and they are vital to make sure citizens get the services that they deserve. Through open contracting, OCP drives massively improved value for money, public integrity and service delivery by shifting public contracting from closed processes and masses of paperwork to digital services that are fair, efficient and ‘open-by-design’. OCP supports reformers from government, business and civil society to make reforms stick, help their innovations jump scale, and foster a culture of openness around the policies, teams, tools, data, and results needed to deliver impact.
See Open Contracting Partnership website

PEDAL Consulting

With headquartered in Slovakia, PEDAL Consulting is an innovation and management consulting company and the leading national SME performer in Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and COSME programme. The company not only participates as a key partner in relevant EU projects but also provides highly customized services to SMEs and leading companies from various sectors to enhance their research and innovation capacities. On top of this, PEDAL promotes innovation procurement supporting regional and national authorities to design strategies, roadmaps and action plans properly adjusted to their characteristics, thus enhancing their capacity to efficiently exploit their resources and seize emerging opportunities for the benefit of their community as a whole. Since 2010, the company has participated in more than 50 successful research and innovation projects and studies, as well as support actions funded by the EC. More information on PEDAL's activities is available here.

See PEDAL Consulting's website

Public Procurement Analysis

Public Procurement Analysis (PPA) provides consultancy and training services on strategic public procurement. PPA has worked with clients across Europe and internationally to develop and implement sustainable and effective procurement practices.

See Public Procurement Analysis' website

SAPIENS Network (Sustainability and Procurement in International, European and National Systems)

Sustainability and Procurement in International, European and National Systems (SAPIENS) network: 15 PhDs & 29 organizations growing global knowledge on Sustainable Public Procurement. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956696.
See SAPIENS Network's website


Swedwatch is an independent, non-profit research organisation, striving for responsible business practices. For 20 years, Swedwatch has been safeguarding human rights and the environment by addressing unsustainable business operations as well as building bridges between stakeholders. Through research, dialogue and advocacy, Swedwatch’s work on socially responsible public procurement aims to leverage public authorities’ full potential as actors for positive change in global value chains.
See Swedwatch's website

Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement - City of Harlem

Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement, coordinated by the City of Haarlem, aims to push forward developing and implementing an ambitious procurement strategy as an integrated and supportive management tool for governance. Using public procurement and the procurement of innovation as a strategic management tool, cities can significantly increase the positive impact on their social, economic and environmental objectives.
See Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement's website

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