The INNOCAT Procurement of Eco-Innovative Catering Project aims to bring together public and private buyers to publish a series of tenders for eco-innovative catering products, services and solutions. Through doing so, the project hopes to provide a sizeable launch market for new solutions, encouraging eco-innovation in the catering sector. At least four tenders will be launched over the course of the project.
The first of these tenders was recently launched with the publication of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the procurement of Vending Machines. The procurement is being lead by the University of Sheffield (England) who together with INNOCAT partner Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells have brought on board a number of other universities and organisations who are interested in increasing energy efficiency and reducing the carbon emissions that arise from vending operations. This Buyers Group intend to set a new standard for Low Carbon Vending. As the tender will be a public contract, the contracted solution will be accessible for all organisations participating in the Buyers Group.
A market sounding exercise will be carried out over the coming months, to find out what new solutions are available on the market and to demonstrate that there is a growing demand for energy efficient, low carbon vending machines.
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