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27 August 2015

Barcelona police reduce CO2 by going electric

The Barcelona Police Department (Spain) is significantly reducing CO2 emissions through purchasing electric scooters to replace their old fleet. A 48 month contract for the rental of 198 electric scooters, currently being rolled out as part of the GPP 2020 project, will result in an 87 percent reduction in CO2 emissions and completely cut direct emissions. By 2018, over 80 tonnes of CO2 will have been saved.

The scooters are being introduced incrementally, with early pilots helping to identify potential problems and ensure that the technology is mature enough to be used by the Police Force. The scooters have received extremely positive ratings in pilot tests conducted to date, which has helped the scheme to gain support.

A significant upfront investment was required to install the appropriate charging technology throughout the city, but this outlay is expected to be balanced by a saving on fuel costs in the long term. Overall it is foreseen that 36,144 litres of fuel will be saved as a result of the switch over the next three years. As well as the clear CO2 savings, the electric scooters are expected to improve local air quality in Barcelona and help to reduce sound pollution in the city.

For more information on this and other GPP 2020 tenders, visit the Low Carbon Tenders page.


25 August 2015

INNOCAT report looks at procuring sustainable school catering services

Expensive high-tech solutions are not necessary to engage in eco-innovation, but rather smaller yet equally effective steps can be taken, according to a new INNOCAT report on the sustainable procurement of school catering services. The report looks at sustainable catering practices in schools across Europe and highlights the importance of broad stakeholder involvement and inventive approaches to food rather than a reliance on costly equipment and significant financial investment.

The catering sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Conventional food production, processing, delivery and preparation processes are linked to heavy consumption of fossil fuels as well as significant soil and water pollution, proliferation of plastic and other non-organic waste, and local air pollution caused by transportation within cities. It is therefore not only the food itself but the systems by which it is packaged, prepared and delivered which need to be considered when reducing catering’s carbon footprint.

Based around an exploration of common problems faced by schools, the INNOCAT Good Practice Report on Sustainable Public Procurement of School Catering Services tries to draw out the many clever and innovative approaches already being used to procure more environmentally and socially sustainable catering services. By highlighting ideas and best practice cases from around Europe, the report provides ideas, inspiration and further resources for those who are involved in the procurement of food and catering services for schools.

For more information, download the report.


20 August 2015

Italy funds PCP to provide innovative public administration solutions

Italy is embracing pre-commercial procurement (PCP) as a means to provide the public administration sector with high-tech services that are not yet on the market, a recent workshop held in the Rome headquarters of the Agency for Digital Italy (AGiD) has heard. PCP focuses on research and development activities, leading to more innovative outcomes and providing for the sharing of risks and opportunities between public and private bodies.

AGiD has recently signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education, University and Research to promote and test this innovative approach, with €100 million being made available for PCP calls. The procurement of innovative solutions will be focused on public administrations situated in the regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily. Solutions will be developed and tested in the fields of health care services, the environment, cloud services, civil protection, and tourism.

“This is an extremely important initiative since it inaugurates a new way of doing research and development aimed to meet the social needs of the community. It is a key part of the new National Research Programme that will be presented soon”, said Fabrizio Cobis, Directorate-General for the Coordination, Promotion, and Valorisation of Research in the Ministry.

For more information, visit Research Italy.


18 August 2015

EU project uses procurement of innovation to improve healthcare for the elderly

The EU-funded STOP and GO project is working towards the creation of a “European Specification Template” that will make it easier to procure digital technologies related to health and social services. These innovative services will improve the provision of care for the elderly, making progress towards meeting the aims of the European Partnership for Innovation Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP-AHA). The Italian Healthcare Trust of Catanzaro (ASP Catanzaro) is currently evaluating the template.

ASP Catanzaro aims to acquire health and social services that will make it easier for patients to manage their healthcare with some degree of independence, more smoothly linking the hospital with the patient’s home. Specifically, the Healthcare Trust of Catanzaro is looking at e-health services, clinical information systems, home medical devices, telemedicine, and more. To achieve this, ASP Catanzaro has published a Prior Information Notice on the Official Journal of the European Union, launching an Open Market Consultation to collect input on innovative health solutions already available.

The organisation also hopes to gain an insight into the strengths and weaknesses that may characterize the procurement process of innovative services, as well as the best way to implement a pay-per-performance approach. Suppliers interested in the Market Consultation are invited to fill in the following questionnaire (available in English and Italian). Completed questionnaires should be sent to or by 14 September 2015.

For more information, visit the STOP and GO website.


13 August 2015

EURECA promotes digital procurement while addressing environmental impact

While the move towards digitisation has cut down on mountains of paper and other waste, it has brought with it a new range of environmental concerns, chiefly among them power usage. The new EU-funded EURECA project aims to work with the public sector to more fully embrace e-services in the procurement of innovative goods and services, while identifying and mitigating the relating environmental impacts.

The project will develop tailor-made solutions for public authorities looking to procure data services, saving them money and enhancing efficiency. The environmental performance of data centres, systems and services will be mapped by the project, enabling potential purchasers to easily compare various options. Public sector organisations interested in participating in the project, or in receiving regular updates about the project’s progress, are invited to register on the EURECA website.

To help the project better refine the tailored-packages being developed, procurers are also invited to provide information on their experiences with procuring related solutions - the project has launched an online survey to gain an insight into the policies and guidelines that influence the procurement of data centres and server rooms.

For more information, visit the EURECA website.


11 August 2015

Dutch version of PPI Guide released

A Dutch-language version of the Public Procurement of Innovation Guide has been released, providing Dutch procurers with the chance to benefit from the document's advice, tips and instruction in their native tongue. The guide provides an in-depth look at procuring innovation in the public sector, outlining paths to success and ways to avoid common mistakes.

The translated version is available from the PPI Platform Guidance page, along with versions in Hungarian and Spanish, as well as English. Sure to be of interest to procurers, policy makers, consultants, private companies and others who have a stake in successful PPI, the guide offers explanations of procedures, definitions and answers to common questions, a selection of case studies, and useful resources for further reading. It is written to be of use to both those starting out in the field, and those looking to improve their current processes.

The latest EU procurement directives are discussed in depth in the document, providing an easily digestible overview of legal requirements in Europe. It is hoped that through providing the guide in an array of European languages, a wider array of procurers and stakeholders will be able to put the document's recommendations into action.

To download the Dutch-language version of the Guide, click here.


4 August 2015

Second European Forum for procurement of Healthcare Innovation

Resah, the Central Purchasing Body for French Healthcare organisations (Hospital and Nursing home), is organising the “2nd European Forum For Public Procurement of Healthcare Innovation” on Wednesday 9 September 2015 in Paris in collaboration with the INSPIRE Project.

The procurement of innovation is an important challenge for the future and especially for the Healthcare sector. This Forum will provide the opportunity for all European Organization concerned by innovation in the Healthcare sector to learn more about the current situation in France, what kind of tools the European Commission proposes to facilitate the procurement of innovation and to explore examples from ongoing European Projects.

The first part of the event (Morning) will be in French and the second part (Afternoon) will be in English. A translation service will be available the whole day. The event is free of charge and registration can be completed by sending an email to

If you have any question or need of further information, please contact Louis Potel – European Project Manager at RESAH –