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30 May 2014

PCP used in study into legal implications of cloud computing

A recent study carried out by the Cloud for Europe Project has delved into the legal implications of cloud computing for public organisations within Europe. Cloud computing involves storing data remotely, allowing access from computers on multiple networks. Potential benefits include cheaper overheads and the ability to work more flexibly. Such systems raise concerns, however, with regard to dependable access and security.

Cloud for Europe uses pre-commercial procurement (PCP) as an instrument for public sector innovation. PCP is used to both identify cloud services that best fit public sector needs and to provide better information to public procurers about the potential of cloud services. A due diligence exercise performed by partners of the Cloud for Europe consortium requested participants to list any potential barriers they have experienced or would expect to experience when moving public sector services to a cloud environment.

General concerns raised focused on jurisdiction and dispute resolution, data protection, liability, consumer related concerns and government access to the cloud; other challenges were more specific to the public sector, including specific legislation relating to language requirements, archiving, national defense and state secrets, fiscal and bookkeeping legislation, social and criminal procedures, and medical requirements.

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28 May 2014

THALEA PCP launches platform for combined bids following market consultation

The THALEA consortium has launched a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) for the development of a telemedicine platform to detect intensive care unit (ICU) patients at increased risk. Telemedicine allows health care to be provided at a distance through the use of information technologies. It is hoped that this will improve the care of critically ill patients in regional and national ICU telemedicine centers. An essential part of preparing the PCP was a market consultation, in the form of an online questionnaire sent to companies across the EU.

The consortium used the market consultation as a scoping exercise to gain insight into the current market and future developments of telemonitoring and telemedicine systems. Contributors were invited to give feedback on what technologies were appropriate for the THALEA system, what they saw as the biggest technical challenges and what further information was needed to make the scope of the challenge clearer.

A key outcome of the consultation was the suggestion that interested participants might want to join their different areas of expertise and launch combined bids. This has led to the creation of a dedicated section on the THALEA webpage where companies can express interest in finding suitable partners for submitting a tender.

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22 May 2014

Up to €80,000 available for innovative public procurement projects in Austria

The Austrian Public Procurement Promoting Innovation (PPPI) Service Point has launched a call for proposals that aim to promote innovative public procurement within the country. Public procurers are invited to submit entries concerning the procurement of innovative products or services by September 2014.

Public institutions deemed to have submitted the most innovative proposals will be awarded PPPI-vouchers to a total value of 80,000 Euros. With these vouchers, the process costs for the implementation of innovative procurement projects can be (partially) financed. The Austrian Federal Procurement Agency (FPA) and the PPPI Service Point will also support the implementation of the projects with their expertise.

The deadline for submissions is 12 September 2014. The proposals are to be sent by e-mail to the Austrian PPPI Service Point. Detailed information regarding participation is outlined on the website of the Austrian PPPI Service Point.

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20 May 2014

Overcoming water challenges through innovative procurement

Launched at the start of 2014, the Water PiPP (Public Innovation Procurement Policies) project aims to improve public procurement of innovation (PPI) in the water sector, exploring barriers to effective procurement of innovation and methodologies to overcome them. The first phase of the project will focus on gathering information on the scope for innovative procurement activities within the water sector, while the second phase will see pilot cases tested by public procurement authorities.

The water sector is fragmented by nature, comprised of a large number of small management bodies. This makes it difficult for those working in the sector to adequately assess and implement new approaches and technologies. The regulatory structure of water bodies also means that technologies with a successful track record tend to be favoured over new, innovative products.

To overcome this, the project intends to build practical and effective PPI strategies, test them in real-life settings, and disseminate the outcomes for larger scale adoption. It is coordinated by Office International de l’Eau and will run for three years. 12 institutions are participating, including the City of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

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16 May 2014

PPI Platform launches new EU Tender portal

A new tender service has been added to the European public procurement and innovation (PPI) platform, providing an overview of innovative tender notices published in Europe. By bringing all recent tender notices together, the PPI platform enables procurers to see what products and services are being tendered for, what procedures were followed in the tender process and how innovative services were obtained.

The database is fully searchable, giving users the option to filter tenders by advice type, date, awarding authority and location. This makes it easier for procurers to find recent awards and information notices that match their own tenders, without being overloaded with excessive information.

The tender notices system will also connect public procurers with others interested in procuring innovation, facilitating a useful exchange of experience between procurers from across Europe.

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13 May 2014

Helsinki incentivises reduction of exhaust emissions in its public bus fleet

Helsinki Region Public Transport has been working with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to find the most effective ways of reducing emissions from buses. Building on the results of a four-part international research project (Trans-Eco), which found that vehicles are the most important factor in emissions regulation, HSL and VTT implemented two key measures to reduce emissions from the bus fleet.

Firstly, exhaust gas emissions were given greater importance as award criteria in the tendering process. Contracts awarded last from seven to ten years on average, so the impact on overall emissions from the fleet can be considered long-term. The second change focused on existing contracts and has a larger short-term impact. Since 2012, an environmental bonus competition has offered a six-figure reward to the contractor who could show the greatest environmental benefit in a cost-effective manner.

In response, bus companies have upgraded their older vehicles with exhaust gas emission control sys¬tems, introduced biofuels such as NExBTL diesel and biogas, and replaced vehicles with newer and cleaner ones. In 2013, as a result of the environmental bonus competition, there was a 2.7 percent (19.8 tonnes) reduction of nitrogen oxides, 6 percent (0.7 tonnes) reduction of par¬ticles, and 7 percent (7,372.5 tonnes) reduction of CO2 in the bus transport of HSL.

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9 May 2014

Austrian government publishes guidelines for public procurement of innovation

Procurement guidelines aimed at encouraging increased public procurement of innovation (PPI) have been published by the Austrian Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. The recommendations recognise the potential of new technologies to find solutions for societal problems, such as modernising public infrastructure and making services more efficient and sustainable.

The federal guidelines focus on how public procurement agencies can use innovation evaluation within the present criteria sets to help choose the best bidder. They are intended as a building block towards achieving the longer term goal of increased innovation in Austria. Public authorities are encouraged to act as pilot markets to guarantee demand for innovative goods and services while establishing effective procurement practices and structures.

The innovation procurement guidelines have been incorporated into N.Check Einkauf – an online tool to aid Austrian authorities with sustainable procurement. This allows for innovation criteria to be integrated into the public procurement process in a simple, transparent and cost-effective manner. By encouraging public bodies to embrace innovation procurement at an early stage, the Austrian government hopes that these guidelines will help increase the country’s competitiveness on the world stage.

For more information, click here [in German].


6 May 2014

City of Vantaa shares its experiences of ESCO procurement

The Finnish city of Vantaa has published a useful summary document sharing its experiences of sustainable energy service contracting (ESCO) to improve energy efficiency in 14 buildings across the city. While being honest about the difficulties involved, the case study shows final award criteria of 20-30 percent energy savings and provides useful tips for other ESCO procurements.

Vantaa aims to achieve savings of up to 30,000 MWh across the 14 buildings over the course of the contract, equivalent to over €2,000 per year. The €1.5 million of project costs must be covered by savings realised within the agreed contract period. This funding model was a central aspect of the tender, with suppliers given room to provide their own energy-saving calculation models. Overall savings will be monitored on an annual basis and profits shared between the ESCO Service provider and the City of Vantaa if energy savings exceed the targets.

Key lessons from the project include the value of investing in a pilot project beforehand and ensuring an open and constructive dialogue with potential suppliers throughout the process to avoid potential misunderstanding. Publishing bidders’ questions and answers online was also recommended to keep the process transparent and all parties on an equal footing. For Energy Specialist Marita Tammen, who had joint responsibility for the project, the key to success lies in carefully defining project criteria to ensure they are fair and seeking legal advice to guarantee compliance with public procurement law.

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2 May 2014

Transport for London invite innovative contributions to help solve infrastructure problems

Transport for London (TfL) is inviting people to submit proposed solutions to its new online innovation technology portal to help solve the problems it faces. The public transport operator is hoping to solve challenges such as minimising the impact of weather conditions on timetables and service delivery, cutting procurement costs by sharing equipment across the network, improving energy efficiency, increasing clean technology take-up and better monitoring energy use to identify electrical loss in the system.

TfL are looking for suggestions that are relevant to their needs, provide a new approach, and are feasible. Solutions should be technology-focused and show significant benefits. Contributors are asked to submit a short, meaningful title and a brief submission with an overview of the idea in the first paragraph. All suggestions will be reviewed and feasible suggestions will be adopted to help improve the functioning of London’s public transport system.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomed the initiative, saying, “London's transport system should excel among those of global cities, providing access to opportunities for all its people and enterprises, achieving the highest environmental standards and leading the world in its approach to tackling urban transport challenges of the 21st century.”

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