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27 January 2017

Water PiPP releases recommendations for Innovation Oriented Public Procurement

Policy recommendations on expanding Innovation Oriented Public Procurement (IOPP) in the water sector have been compiled by the EU-funded Water PiPP project. The recommendations are targeted at policy-makers at the European level, specifically those involved in the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) and other stakeholders interested in water innovation policies.

EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. Recommendations include that public organisations increase IOPP expertise, clarify Intellectual Property Rights, and support Pre-Commercial Procurement.

The authors also call for enhanced competition in the sector, writing: "At the PCP level [organisations] must enhance competition at all stages of the procurement phase, which optimises further development of the selected solution(s) through complementary expertise and learning by interaction windows within the competition framework." The document is a result of the lessons learned throughout the duration of the project.

To view the document in English and Italian, visit the project website.


25 January 2017

SPP Regions project encourages regional networks to join

New and established regional procurement networks looking to gain access to useful resources and networking opportunities are invited to join the EU-funded SPP Regions project. By joining the project, procurers will be put in touch with other networks from across Europe, allowing them to learn from others’ experience of implementing sustainable and innovative procurement and to share their own.

All regional networks that include municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) are encouraged to join. New members will be alongside the seven European regional networks that are already working closely with the project. SPP Regions offers support with developing networks, assistance with sustainable tendering, access to specialist workshops and webinars and mentoring from existing SPP Regions Networks.

Regional networks are extremely helpful in developing a successful sustainable procurement strategy, as they allow public authorities to learn from others’ good practice. They also enable procurers to develop a regional supply base, increase influence through joint market engagement and benefit from economies of scale through joint procurement.

For more information, visit If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, contact:


20 January 2017

PPI4Waste newsletter looks at managing risks when procuring innovation

The fourth PPI4Waste newsletter has been published, providing an overview of the EU-funded project's work to promote public procurement of innovation (PPI) within the waste sector. The lead article looks at the project's efforts to identify and assess risks in PPI by creating a “risk map”, which will assess the likelihood of a problem occurring, what the consequences will be, and how to react.

Upcoming training opportunities in Germany, Spain, Croatia and Sweden are also outlined. The training workshops will help to build capacity in PPI and will show how this can be applied within the municipal waste sector.

The newsletter additionally provides an overview of interesting items posted on the PPI4Waste Interest Group on the Procurement Forum, a networking space for procurers and stakeholders from around Europe. Details of upcoming tasks in the PPI4Waste project conclude the newsletter.

To view the newsletter, click here.


18 January 2017

STOP and GO opens market consultation on elderly healthcare tender

The EU-funded STOP and GO project will soon publish a call for tenders to procure technological and organisational services to support health workers in the planning, management and provision of home care services for patients with chronic diseases. Through the tender, the project intends to find solutions that will facilitate the exchange of information between professionals involved in the care process, and that will deliver telemedicine services to patients with chronic diseases.

To come to a complete definition of the tender, an open market consultation has been launched. Information from the market is sought on solutions already available and exploitable in an innovative way in the health sector, the strengths and the weaknesses of procuring such innovative services, and the best way to implement a pay-per-performance approach.

Public procurers from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are involved in the project, which aims to use public procurement of innovation to develop innovative care models for the elderly.

For more information on taking part in the market consultation, visit [in Italian].


13 January 2017

PPI4Waste to hold trainings on innovation procurement in waste sector

A series of training workshops to build capacity in public procurement of innovation (PPI) in the municipal waste sector will be held in January 2017 by the EU-funded PPI4Waste project. The training sessions will take place in Germany, Spain, Croatia and Sweden.

The training will be divided into six modules, providing an introduction to the project and identifying areas within the European waste sector where greater innovation is needed. Public procurement of innovation will also be outlined more generally, encompassing definitions, methodologies and approaches.

The German city of Frankfurt will host a training session on 31 January, focusing on how public procurers can apply innovation to their waste management activities. Further details on the session are available in the programme. Following the training, useful resources will be provided to help procurers build on the lessons learned. The PPI4Waste project aims to promote public procurement of innovation within the waste sector across Europe.

For more information, visit the PPI4Waste website.


12 January 2017

UrbanWINS releases first newsletter

UrbanWINS, an EU-funded project aimed at developing and testing eco-innovative waste prevention and management strategies in eight pilot cities, has released its first newsletter, providing an introduction to the project and round up of related news. A new edition of the newsletter will be released every four months.

The newsletter opens with an explanation of UrbanWINS, outlining how the project will achieve its objectives. Measures include carrying out an analysis of waste prevention and management strategies in 24 cities across six countries, and testing plans for urban waste prevention and management in pilot cities.

Newsletter highlights include an overview of the UrbanWINS kick-off meeting in Cremona (Italy), information on events attended by the UrbanWINS consortium, and details on how to become part of the UrbanWINS community. Upcoming events on the topic of waste management are also listed. The newsletter can be subscribed to on the UrbanWINS website.

To view the newsletter, click here.


10 January 2017

Business pilot project encourages innovation to achieve circular economy

An EU-funded business pilot project has shown that innovative business models are vital to achieving a sustainable circular economy. The REBus project is testing a methodology that helps organisations to embrace profitable, resilient and more resource efficient business models. 30 organisations in the UK and the Netherlands have been piloting these new business models over the past years.

The project's successes include Argos’s UK wide Gadget Trade-in Service, ProRail’s circular procurement of office furniture for the company’s new office in Utrecht (the Netherlands), and the launch of Globechain’s online re-use platform. The 30 pilot project case studies are being published on the project website, sharing successes and lessons learned. It is hoped that through these case studies businesses and organisations will be inspired to take action by adopting innovative business models and contributing to a more circular economy.

Steve Creed, Director of Business Programmes at WRAP, the lead partner on the REBus project, says: “We consume three planets worth of raw materials, which cannot continue. With increased demand and diminishing resources, poorly designed products wasted in landfill, a lack of information in the supply chain and among consumers, it is now critical that collective action is taken globally. We need to become more resource efficient and find innovative solutions to combat the global resource crisis. This is what REBus is all about, and the successful pilot projects show how this can work in practice.”

For more information, visit