Sustainability and Digitalization in Public Infrastructure Procurement – 25 October 2022

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Aims to

  • Follow up on this year`s idea mapping effort and further develop strategy implementation projects.
  • Support the implementation of innovative practices regarding sustainability in construction. 
  • Promote policy mechanisms that could decrease CO2 footprint in the construction industry. 
  • Offer networking opportunities to all interested actors in order to encourage knowledge exchange regarding innovative public procurement practices. Policy mechanisms and financial framework that support sustainable construction through public procurement.

Topics to be covered

  • Map ideas for policy mechanism and best practices for sustainable procurement for public infrastructure (taking into account the upcoming EC DG GROW Guidance):
    • CO2 reduction and sustainability through public procurement.
    • Low carbon cement in construction in public infrastructure.
    • Sustainable procurement best practices from across Europe – technology and policy know-how. 
    • Digitalization of the project’s life cycle (from tendering to execution and maintenance).

Event Structure

To be confirmed

    • 10.00 – 10.05 – Greeting participants.
    • 10.05 – 10.10 – Round of introduction. 
    • 10.10 – 10.30 – Keynote: Anna Lupi,  European Commission DG GROW – Strategic public procurement – the EU context.
    • 10.30 – 10.50 – Keynote: Martin Schneider, Association for the German Cement Industry (VDZ) – Future of sustainable construction materials
    • 10.50 – 12.10 –  Panel discussion: Brainstorming on strategic, legal, political, administrative and economic challenges and solutions to improve sustainable procurement (round-based discussion all participants).
      • Anna Lupi,  European Commission DG GROW
      • Martin Schneider, Association for the German Cement Industry.
      • Yasen Markov (Ministry of Transportation and Communication of Bulgaria)
      • Mirsad Jašarspahić (Chamber of economy FBIH).
      • Patrick Amofah (The National Agency for Public Procurement of Sweden).
      • Roxana Vornicu (Sirbu & Vornicu Law, Romania / King`s College London).
      • César Bartolomé Muñoz (EUPAVE).
      • Mariana Garstea (Sixense Romania & Southeastern Europe).
      • Mario Galic (University of Osijek, Croatia).
    • 12.10 – 12.25  – Drafting a public policy proposal open for stakeholder inputs
    • 12.25 – 12.30 – Wrap up and follow-up steps.

Results of weTHINK. awareness campaign against the negative effects of the four Chinese state-owned construction companies on the sustainability criteria for the 1.2bn Divaca-Koper railway project

Supported by

Read and discuss the draft policy papers

Who do we bring together?

  • All key strategy actors (ministers, public officials, municipalities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, smart solution providers) in Europe with an initial focus on Central and Southeastern Europe.

How do we bring them together?

  • Through closed groups on the online crowd knowledge platform –
  • Through quarterly online working group meetings and two bi-annual online conferences.

Why do we bring them together?

  • To regularly exchange technical, operational, and strategic know-how and best practices on smart and digital solutions.

  • To conduct training for service companies and municipalities on sustainable construction.

  • To develop strategy recommendations and position papers to improve the legal, political and economic environment for smart and green solutions.

  • To develop projects on CO2 reduction and to implement them.


25 Oct 2022


Central Europe Timezone
10:00 - 13:00

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 25 Oct 2022
  • Time: 4:00 - 7:00

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