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30 April 2014

iNSPiRe shares suggestions for energy-efficient building renovations

A collection of ideas for reducing energy consumption in older buildings has been shared in a leaflet recently published by the iNSPiRe project. The four-year EU-funded project aims to decrease energy consumption in residential and office buildings built prior to recent developments in insulation, heating systems and renewable energies. The leaflet is aimed at councils and businesses in the process of renovating their housing stock and provides a brief overview of the various options available for improving energy performance.

Featured solutions include improved lighting systems, solar thermal technology for heating and cooling and the use of renewable energies to replace more traditional gas and oil boilers for hot water. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new technologies, construction company Gruppo Industriale Tosoni (GIT) is overseeing the renovation of three sites in Ludwigsburg (Germany), Madrid (Spain) and Verona (Italy).

Once the work is completed, they will be energy audited to provide concrete examples of the kind of impacts these measures can have on energy consumption. By taking a holistic approach to energy efficiency, the iNSPiRE project hopes to demonstrate that a series of small changes can have an impressive impact overall.

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24 April 2014

Welsh National Procurement Awards reward public procurement of innovation

Companies and councils driving progress by investing in innovative and sustainable procurement were recognised at a ceremony in the Welsh capital of Cardiff in March 2014. Organised by the Welsh government and the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies, the awards are designed to promote and encourage public procurement of innovation across the country.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (CBC) received the Public Procurement of Innovation Award for its overhaul of local supported living services. The work involved restructuring the service, introducing a purchasing card and ending the practice of advance payments. CBC also included social clauses in their service contracts, such as recruiting employees who had been out of work for a significant period. The council was able to deliver savings of £430,000 a year in a project declared by the judges “an excellent example of how to achieve quality in public spending.”

Other winners included Glamorgan-based waste management company Amber Services Limited, who were given the Green Public Procurement Award in recognition of their emphasis on waste minimisation and recycling. “The Awards Evening presents an opportunity for all those who buy for, and supply, the Welsh public sector to show what best practice really is, so their achievements can be celebrated and those who have made a contribution to the wellbeing of Wales can be recognised.” said Kerry Wilson, Acting Deputy Director at Value Wales, Welsh Government.

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22 April 2014

French government provides funding for innovative water and waste services

French cities that pursue innovative procurement procedures could receive financial support for up to 20 percent of the contract cost, in a deal currently being negotiated with the French government. The proposal was put forward by the steering committee of the Water Quality and Scarcity Management Initiative, one of 34 projects launched by French President François Hollande in September 2013 to encourage an innovation-based industrial renaissance in the country.

The agreement, which is being negotiated by Suez Environnement CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade and Christophe Chevillon, Managing Director of Environnement SA, would provide part-financing for innovation procurement in water and waste services contracts. It could help encourage investment in new technologies to increase sustainability, such as carbon-neutral wastewater treatment plants and energy-efficient membrane bioreactor (MBR) facilities.

Other initiatives covered by President Hollande’s 34 projects include digital services, robotics, renewable energies, low-emission cars, and electric planes and cars. “France is a nation of pioneers,” said Mr Hollande, speaking in September 2013, “We have a duty to remain so.”

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17 April 2014

New INNOVATION SEEDS Portal Launched

An extended version of the INNOVATION SEEDS portal is now available, building on the success of its predecessor with practical, bottom-up information on eco-innovation from a variety of sectors. The portal is a user-friendly source of knowledge for policy makers, companies and other stakeholders. New case studies uploaded to the portal include the use of recycled asphalt in road construction in Bremen (Germany), the introduction of electric buses in Vienna (Austria) and a community-based approach to procurement in Finland.

INNOVATION SEEDS was first launched in 2011 with the aim of increasing the impact of environmental research in Europe. The original portal included a database of success stories, with each article describing the added value of a specified research and development (R&D) initiative based on the technical functions it was able to fulfil. This helped potential users to better understand what the R&D initiative could be used for, and how it might be brought to the market. In addition, articles, webinars and video news releases promoted new environmental technologies and knowledge to policy makers and market players.

The new INNOVATION SEEDS portal enlarges the original database by including additional cutting-edge knowledge on eco-innovation cases and funding, as well as expanding its categories and adding articles on eco-innovation policies and networks. The portal’s intuitive linking and quick navigation features, as well as the use of the TRL (Technology Readiness Scale) and GML (Generic Maturity Level) scales to clearly explain results, allow visitors to easily access information which is relevant to their needs.

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15 April 2014

ENIGMA project launches market consultation on smart public lighting

Suppliers specialising in ICT, lighting architecture and engineering are asked to contribute to a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) market consultation process investigating options for smart public lighting in European cities. Details of the consultation were published in a prior information notice (PIN) released by the ENIGMA project in late March. The PIN precedes a formal procurement process on the part of ENGIMA’s five partner cities Eindhoven (Netherlands), Malmö (Sweden), Stavanger (Norway), Espoo (Finland) and Bassana del Grappa (Italy).

The partner cities want to upgrade their public lighting infrastructure using ICT solutions to encourage more integrated, smarter cities which work for the benefit of individual citizens and broader society. Through the PCP, they are looking for smart lighting systems that can be easily integrated into different architectures and systems, now and in the future.

All interested parties active in the sectors of lighting, ICT, architecture and engineering are invited to participate in this market consultation to help gauge what is currently available on the market. Suppliers are asked to email a completed Response Form to by 1 May 2014. A series of market workshops across Europe in late April will facilitate further exchange of information between the ENIGMA partner cities and the supply chain, and enable the development of a procurement strategy and specifications.

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11 April 2014

Austrian government service centre offers support for innovation procurement

Each year in Austria, public enterprises and government agencies at all levels spend around €40 billion on procurement of goods and services. Now, more innovative products will be given a boost in the procurement process through the Federal procurement agency’s new service centre for innovation public procurement.

The centre offers advice and workshops on innovation procurement, as well as skills-training for buyers and those responsible for raising funds. An experience exchange platform will allow public buyers and businesses to share insights on the state of innovation in selected product groups and the actual needs of the public sector. The centre will also provide a lead by initiating flagship projects to show the value of, and encourage investment in, innovation procurement.

In a joint statement, Technology and Innovation Minister Bures and Science, Research and Economic Affairs Minister Mitterlehner hailed the project’s potential: “The new Service Centre will provide expert advice to help speed up the future introduction of innovative products and processes in public and business procurement. In a time of constrained budgets, public funds must be used particularly efficiently. Supporting innovation in procurement leads to a win-win for all involved: public administration is modernised, citizens receive better services and the innovation economy is given a boost.”

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8 April 2014

INNOCAT to set new standard for eco-innovative vending machines

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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3 April 2014

Syncro project publishes smart road system tender

Marking a major step forward in achieving its objectives, the Syncro project has published an innovative tender to develop a smart road system. The system will encompass real time data collection and intelligent traffic management, utilising high-tech information technology solutions. Relevant companies and research centres are invited to view the tender and get involved.

The overarching aim of Syncro is to improve the security and quality of mobility for road users, and provide local authorities with a vastly more efficient traffic management system. Through the tender, the EU funded project is hoping to support innovative companies and further develop innovative technologies.

The project places a particular emphasis on involving SMEs and public procurers through dialogue and technology cooperation, and enables partners to experience transnational public procurement first-hand. Syncro is led by the Province of Torino (Italy) and Department of Isère (France).

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1 April 2014

ENIGMA cities start market consultation on innovative lighting system

To make their cities safer and greener, to enhance their cultural value and to boost their economies, the ENIGMA partner cities - Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Stavanger (UK), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Espoo (Norway), and Malmö (Sweden) - intend to purchase a highly innovative lighting system. More details can be found in the Prior Information Notice, available online. To ensure that the five cities' ambitions are in line with the market’s ability to deliver, ENIGMA is inviting all relevant parties in the sectors of lighting, ICT, architecture and engineering to participate in the market consultation process.

A market sounding, aimed at communicating the background of the challenge, exploring what the market can deliver and relaying relevant details will be held. One of its primary aims is to help the organisers understand what is required by the supply chain to deliver on the requirements as specified, and how ENIGMA partner cities can contribute to this. Those interested can participate by filling out the Response Form and sending it to by 1 May 2014.

Market consultations, in the form of ‘market workshops’, will be held in late April 2014. These market consultations will facilitate further exchanges between the ENIGMA partner cities and the supply chain, as well as enable the development of a procurement strategy and call specifications. Details are provided in the Sounding Prospectus and the PCP Call section of the ENIGMA website.

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