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30 March 2017

CEPPI project newsletter published

The CEPPI project, involving Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) has released its March 2017 newsletter. The 3-year project aims to save at least 33GWh/year and to develop the capacity of public authorities to implement innovation procurement solutions for energy-related projects.

This edition features the refurbishment of a Valencia fire-station building constructed in the 1970s, currently underway following a memorandum of understanding between InnDEA Valencia, partner in the project, and the fire station staff.

The newsletter also includes a reflection on the first half of the project, a focus on Budapest's PPI profile and the CEPPI Interim Case Study Report . The Report gives an overview of the situation of the cities, presents the activities planned and the barriers encountered, outlines the key learning so far and describes the future actions.

For more information and to view the full newsletter, visit the CEPPI website.


29 March 2017

Consultation on Healthy Ageing and PPI now open

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) has launched a consultation on innovative digital solutions for active and health ageing. Targeted at organisations involved in the implementation and delivery of large-scale PPI solutions focused on older people, the consultation aims to identify potential PPIs between 2017 and 2020 and contribute to EIP on AHA's Policy Dashboard.

EIP on AHA provide comprehensive resources on their Innovation Procurement Platform website for procurers and providers engaged in healthy and active ageing initiatives. This includes a resource centre of toolkits and models of PCP and PPI initiatives in the ageing field, as well as guidance and case studies of value and outcome based procurement projects.

An online questionnaire is available via the ECH Alliance website for stakeholder comment by 10 April, relating to the development of a healthy ageing "blueprint", a living document containing a shared vision on how innovation enabled by a Digital Single Market can transform health and care provision and contribute to the European Silver Economy.

For more information, visit the EIP on AHA website.


28 March 2017

InnProBio workshop and market dialogue in Bonn

The InnProBio consortium is organising a workshop and a market dialogue on public procurement of bio-based products and services targeting public procurers and suppliers. The event will take place on April 25th, in Bonn, Germany.

The goal of the workshop is to explore what the steps of public tendering and public procurement of bio-based products and services are. The InnProBio team will share case studies, tools and criteria used in public tenders to start the discussion and learn from previous experiences. The market dialogue aims at identifying barriers in the procurement of bio-based products and services. Product suppliers and public procurers will be encouraged to talk about their needs, demands and possibilities. Public authorities will gain a better understanding of the market and the solutions available, whereas the suppliers will get to know what criteria and requirements are important to the procurers.

The language for both sessions will be German. The event is free of charge and registration is mandatory.

For further information and to register, visit the InnProBio website.


21 March 2017

Almere uses PPI to drive circular economy initiatives

The Dutch city of Almere is holding its Upcycle City competition, aiming to develop local circular economy initiatives through a PPI competition. Using a 'best price-quality ratio' award criteria, the local authority has issued a tender for project ideas which can be implemented by the city to create products from the city's waste.

The tendering process is being implemented via the Dutch e-procurement platform TenderNed. A total of €1,000,000 is available to fund winning proposals, selected by a jury, at a co-financing rate of 1:3. Funding is in place for the chosen initiatives until 2019.

Upcycle City forms part of Almere's efforts towards becoming a waste-free city by 2020, and to become an internationally recognised 'living lab' for circular economy initiatives. The competition is already underway with the initial project proposals being considered as part of a two-part procurement process. Post-tender negotiations with the winners and development of contracts will follow later this year.

For more information, visit Almere's Upcycle City website.


15 March 2017

State of the Art report on market engagement published

The SPP Regions project has released its State of the Art report on market engagement, aimed at guiding public procurers in engaging with suppliers in the context of procurement projects where input from the market can improve procurement outcomes.

The report contains practical advice and guidance, using examples of successful processes and actions to demonstrate how market engagement works, including the risks, resources required and first steps for public authorities.

Detailing the various points in the procurement process that procurers can engage with the market, the State of the Art report provides examples of formats for engaging with suppliers. These include 'meet the buyer' events, supplier information days and other networking and briefing events with illustrative case studies from across Europe. The report also points to how sustainability objectives can be achieved through the market engagement process.

For more information and to download the report, visit the SPP Regions website.


9 March 2017

PPI case study videos published by EAFIP

A series of videos demonstrating case studies on Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovation have been published by EAFIP, detailing the experiences of procurers from the UK, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and France of using innovation in the public procurement process. Three of the case studies relate to PPI projects in the fields of future hospital ward lighting, intelligent energy management and healthy ageing.

Steph Holmes, from the Rotherham National Health Service Foundation (UK) outlines how the procurement of innovative lighting for hospital wards exceeded expectations by providing operational, construction and design benefits. As a result of their approach through an international procurement consortium, the project made improvements including bio-dynamic lighting reducing patient anxiety and limiting the impact of construction and maintenance by pre-fabricating new units with integrated, future-proofed lighting.

Each case study interviewed provides advice for procurers with similar challenges and explains the procurement process within their own project and points to the lessons learned through their engagement with PPI.

The full series can be viewed on EAFIP's YouTube channel. For more information, visit the EAFIP website.