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28 July 2016

PRIMES project highlights good practice in GPP

A series of good practice case studies have been published which show how GPP is being implemented in smaller municipalities. The case studies were developed through the EU funded PRIMES project. They focus on the product categories that have been found to be particularly relevant when it comes to the implementation of green public procurement in smaller municipalities. These include energy efficient street lighting, sustainable construction works, procuring energy efficient ICT products, and green electricity.

PRIMES is an EU funded project that aims to develop basic skills and provide hands-on support for public procurers in order to overcome barriers and implement Green Public Procurement (GPP). The project is offering good GPP practice examples from several smaller and medium sized municipalities of six European countries (Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy, Latvia and Sweden.

PRIMES first green public procurement good practices aim at helping small and medium sized municipalities in implementing green public procurement and at sharing procurers’ experiences. The good practice case studies can be found on the PRIMES website, with more due to be made available during the course of the year.

For further questions do not hesitate to contact Jorgen Grubbe at the Municipalities of Holbaek, Denmark at


26 July 2016

InnProBio factsheets on bio-based products now available

The InnProBio project has just released its second and third factsheet on the sustainability and biodegradability of bio-based products.

Part of a series designed to make biobased products more accessible, factsheet #2, on one hand, stresses the importance of considering the environmental impacts related to agriculture practices for cultivation, while factsheet #3 aims at clarifying some misunderstandings and myths, as well as to address some confusion governing the topic of biodegradability.

Factsheet #2 includes information on feedstock, end-of-of life bio-based products and Life Cycle Assesment (LCA). It includes a section to help procurers define requirements regarding certification and labels, offering a comprehensive list of different labels, certification schemes and standards that may be considered when purchasing bio-based products or services. Factsheet #3 addresses myths and facts about biodegradability and reflects upon considerations such as the extent to which all-bio based products are biodegradable. For more information and to download the factsheets, please visit the InnProBio website here.


22 July 2016

PROBIS invites buyers to join its Sustainable Construction Interest Group

Public procurers and others interested in the sustainable construction sector are invited to join the Sustainable Construction Interest Group, to discuss and learn more about recent developments in the sector. The PROBIS project aims to use public procurement of innovation (PPI) in the building sector, with a focus on energy refurbishment of existing buildings to make construction in Europe more innovative and sustainable.

The project is currently looking for public authorities and companies who are interested to potentially participate in some of the project activities. The PROBIS Interest Group offers the latest updates from the project, news related to the innovation of sustainable constructions and procurements, and a space to exchange ideas and experience with other professionals. Members are also offered the possibility to build their own network and benefit from the results of the project.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of the community of interested building professionals! Membership of the group is free of charge.

For more information or to join, please download the PROBIS call for sustainable construction interest group.


21 July 2016

PPI4Waste report identifies key areas of intervention

A State of the Art report on waste management, published by the PPI4waste project, has identified bio-waste, plastic packaging and bulky waste as areas which have the most potential for improvement in waste management across Europe. The State of the Art report aims to research demand and supply within specific waste streams and to identify innovative solutions for municipal waste management.

The PPI4Waste project aims promote public procurement of innovation within the waste sector across Europe. The study has been commissioned to provide an overview of the sector and identify the areas with the greatest potential for innovation. Key findings include a heavy skew towards public sector management of municipal waste and broad differences between Member State in waste production, collection and management.

Building on the findings of the report, the next steps within the project include assessing a feasibility plan for cross-border PPI and preparing for a potential joint or coordinated procurement.

For more information, read the latest PPI4waste Newsletter.


15 July 2016

‘Procurement for innovation in the EU water sector’, Zaragoza, Spain, 9&10.11.2016

Are you a water practitioner in a public authority looking for new solutions to manage your water services more effectively and efficiently? Are you a public procurer investigating ways and means to take innovative solutions on board? Or are you working in a water business interested in learning more about the demand for your products in the public domain?

The partners of the Water PiPP project - led by the International Office for Water and funded by FP7 of the European Commission – are pleased to invite you to their final conference ‘Empowering public procurement for innovation in the EU water sector’ taking place in Zaragoza (Aragon), Spain on 9 and 10 November 2016. The event will bring together some 80 participants from the public and private water sector to explore innovation procurement from the angle of procurement practices, sector policies and opportunities for businesses.

Registration will be free of charge and open from mid September 2016 on.

For more information on the project visit the Water PiPP website or email Also consider joining the project’s virtual meeting place for public water professionals at (Watch out for the Water Innovation Procurement Group!).


12 July 2016

Second eafip toolkit module provides support with implementing PCP, PPI

The second module of the eafip toolkit has been published, clarifying the pre-requisites and key steps to design and implement an innovation procurement process, including pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). A total of three modules will be released. The toolkit has been developed to provide support to policy makers to design PPI and PCP strategies, and to guide procurers and their legal departments in implementing the strategy.

The module provides a practical look at implementing PPI and PCP, outlining the main steps to consider, why each step is important, and how these steps can be implemented. The module also examines how to manage and monitor an ongoing PCP or PPI procurement, including the activities to be undertaken after the award of the procurement contract.

The third module will focus on legal services and will be launched later this year. The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions. The project runs from 2015 - 2017.

For more information, visit the eafip website.


8 July 2016

Market consultation sessions help to define ‘Internet of Everything’ tender

Three successful market consultation sessions were held in Antwerp (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), and Copenhagen (Denmark) by the EU-funded SELECT for Cities project. The project aims to procure an open, standardised, data-driven, and user-centric platform for European cities that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban ‘Internet of Everything’ applications and services.

The Internet of Everything is the connection of physical objects, such as buildings and vehicles, through the embedding of electronic hardware capable of collecting data, allowing for better integration of the physical world within computer applications. The market consultation sessions allowed prospective suppliers to ask questions about the pre-commercial procurement procedure and gave procurers the chance to more fully outline what they are looking for.

The SELECT for Cities initiative helps cities across the world to foster open innovation to solve challenges, create value for their citizens and business, and to become ‘smart cities’. It is specifically focused on developing the Internet of Everything. SELECT for Cities has also created a matchmaking tool that allows participants interested in taking part in a SELECT for Cities PCP tender to find each other.

For more information, visit the website.


6 July 2016

CERN launches Pre-Commercial Procurement to procure powerful magnets

CERN, the research institution trying to learn more about the fundamental structure of the universe, is carrying out a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to procure more powerful magnets that will be used to upgrade the famous Large Hadron Collider. The upgrade aims to improve the Large Hadron Collider's luminosity, providing a stronger beam.

As the magnets are extremely technically challenging to realise, the PCP will be used for research and development services to develop superconducting quadruple magnets. The estimated value of the tender excluding VAT is €4,656,000. CERN is conducting the PCP on behalf of the QUACO consortium of research labs. QUACO draws together several research infrastructures with similar technical requirements in magnet development, creating a single buyers group.

The PCP will take a phased approach with a framework agreement that covers three R&D phases (solution design, prototyping, pilot deployments) with intermediate evaluations after each phase that will select the best competing solutions. Testing of the prototypes is expected to take place at CERN. The procurement started on 1 March 2016 and will end in February 2020.

For more information, visit the TED Notice.