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27 October 2014  

Resah publishes PIN for biodegradable dishes

INNOCAT partner Resah-idf (Réseau des acheteurs hospitaliers de l’ile de France) have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) providing details of their upcoming tender for eco-innovative food containers and associated recycling services. Three lots will be included in the tender, one of which is for ‘biodegradable and compostable dishes’. The containers will be required to meet EU standard EN13432 and must be able to be disposed of as organic waste.

EN13432 is designed to provide proof of a product’s compostability. It states that after 3 months composting, no more than 10 percent of the original mass may be left as residue having been passed through a 2mm sieve. The standard also requires products to comply with heavy metals thresholds.

The tender forms part of Resah’s plan to reduce the environmental impact of consumption, while meeting the current budgetary constraints of its 130 members. An invitation to tender is due to be published in the next few weeks, with each lot being offered for two years.

For more information, visit the upcoming tenders page.

16 October 2014  

French municipalities cut waste on World Food Day

Since 2009, World Food Day has been held on 16 October each year to raise awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger. This year, the theme of “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” has been chosen, with a particular focus on supporting small-scale producers and family farming to overcome food shortages in the developing world.

In Europe, the fight against hunger goes hand in hand with a sense of responsibility for the vast amount of food which is wasted each day. The French government is using World Food Day to step up its own campaign against food waste. With more than 7 million tonnes of food waste produced each year, the Ministry of Agriculture has signed a national agreement against food waste which aims to reduce the amount of good food being thrown away by 50 percent before 2025.

For the second year running, a national campaign has been set up encouraging businesses and private citizens to consider their own impact on the food chain. A series of activities, workshops and seminars have been organised across the country, inviting people to recognise and reduce the amount of waste produced within the food sector.

For more information, visit the campaign website [in French]

8 October 2014  

EcoProcura highlights strategic potential of sustainable and innovation procurement

The 9th Ecoprocura Conference took place in Ghent (Belgium) from 24-26 September 2014. The conference, which was organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Ghent, demonstrated the consensus that the pressing issues facing Europe today require public authorities to work with the market to develop sustainable and innovative solutions, rather than viewing the market as unchangeable. The move towards a more cooperative and transparent relationship with business was emphasised. These outcomes will inform policy processes, and will be fed into the Procura+ Campaign, a movement of public authorities at the forefront of sustainable and innovation procurement in Europe.

The INNOCAT project was presented at a parallel session titled Innovation and sustainability in catering procurement. Gaynor Whyles, director of JERA Consulting, UK, presented Efficiency, Quality and Sustainability through Innovation Procurement while Mark Stein, a Postgraduate Researcher at Salford University Business School in the UK, presented two examples of School Food Procurement.

Many participants demonstrated their interest in joining the INNOCAT interest group and the buyers groups for the on-going procurement procedures. In addition, a second Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) award was launched at the event. Those interested in applying should contact info@innovation-procurement.org.

For further information, read the press releases on the EcoProcura Conference and the PPI Award.