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November 2014

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to send you the latest edition of the PPI Platform newsletter! Through this newsletter we hope to keep you up to date with the latest PPI and PCP news.

You can find more information on the topics at www.innovation-procurement.org.
If you have news or information to share, please contact us at info@innovation-procurement.org

    • EcoProcura highlights strategic potential of sustainable and innovation procurement
    • PPI Platform launches user survey
    • Details of upcoming biodegradable dishes tender published
    • EU releases up to €140 million for innovative procurement
    • Budapest PPI & PCP training receives positive reviews from attendees

1  Winner of the 2014 Public Procurement of Innovation Award announced

Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam (The Netherlands) was announced as the winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award at a ceremony held on 25 September 2014 during the EcoProcura conference, in Ghent (Belgium). The Dutch hospital, which overcame competition from five other finalists, was praised by the jury for its innovative robotic bed washing facility. The award was presented by Bonifacio Garcia-Porras of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.

The Erasmus Medical Centre asked the bidders to design a more cost and environmentally efficient solution to disinfect the hospital's 70,000 beds and mattresses. The contract was won by IMS Medical, who proposed a creative approach - high precision cleaning robots that disinfect the beds in a conveyor belt format. Through the facility, the cleaning costs per bed were lowered by 35 percent compared with the existing solution, and the CO2 footprint reduced by 65 percent. The City of Oslo (Norway), Région Rhône Alpes (France), and A Coruna City Council (Spain) were given honourable mentions during the ceremony. A more in-depth profile of each finalist, detailing their organisation, procured innovation and supplier, is available on the PPI Platform website.

"Public procurement has a significant role to play in stimulating innovation to ensure that Europe successfully meets future economic, social and environmental challenges. Procurement requirements that demand innovative solutions can stimulate new sources of jobs and growth in Europe. I warmly congratulate the winner of the PPI Award and I hope that the procurement practices of the winner and the nominees will act as an inspiration to others," said European Commissioner Ferdinando Nelli Feroci.

For more information, read the press release.

2   Latest news

EcoProcura highlights strategic potential of sustainable and innovation procurement

After three days of exciting exchange, delegates at the EcoProcura conference, held from 24 - 26 September 2014 in Ghent (Belgium), concluded that for Europe to gain maximum benefit from procurement practices sustainable and innovation procurement must be placed at the heart of strategic decision making. The European Commission’s revised Public Procurement Directives will play a significant role in harnessing the capacity of the public sector to foster sustainable and innovative solutions, and will help to move procurement from being seen as an administrative to a strategic concern.

The conference, organised by ICLEI and the City of Ghent, demonstrated the consensus that the pressing issues facing Europe today require public authorities to work with the market to develop sustainable and innovative solutions, rather than viewing the market as unchangeable. These outcomes will inform policy processes, and will be fed into the Procura+ Campaign, a movement of public authorities at the forefront of sustainable and innovation procurement in Europe.

At the close of the event, the City of Ghent demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by signing a strategy on sustainable procurement and a Charter that obliges the city to spend 10 percent of its ICT budget on innovative solutions.

For more information, read the full EcoProcura outcomes article.

PPI Platform launches user survey

A survey has been released by the PPI Platform to gather feedback on the website www.innovation-procurement.org, with the aim of developing an even better resource for visitors. The survey allows the PPI Platform team to gain an insight into the strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement of the website.

The short questionnaire touches on ease of use, helpfulness of the current content, quality of information, and other topics of relevance. While all answers are anonymous, respondents are encouraged to provide details regarding their profession to give a better idea of the website's audience.

Once the information is gathered, updates to the website will be made, enhancing the overall user experience. The survey takes no longer than 5 - 10 minutes to fill out. All website visitors are encouraged to take part in the survey, as their feedback will lead to a better functioning, smoother and more useful online  experience in the coming months.

To take part in the survey, click here.

Details of upcoming biodegradable dishes tender published

INNOCAT partner Resah-idf (Réseau des acheteurs hospitaliers de l'Ile de France) have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) providing details of their upcoming tender for eco-innovative food containers and associated recycling services. Three lots will be included in the tender, one of which is for ‘biodegradable and compostable dishes’. The dishes will be required to meet EU standard EN13432 and must be capable of being disposed of as organic waste.

EN13432 is designed to provide proof of a product’s compostability. It states that after three months composting, no more than 10 percent of the original mass may be left as residue. The standard also requires products to comply with heavy metals thresholds.

The tender forms part of Resah’s plan to reduce the environmental impact of consumption, while meeting the current budgetary constraints of its 130 members. An invitation to tender is due to be published in the coming weeks, with each lot offered for two years.

For more information, see the PIN.

EU releases up to €140 million for innovative procurement

To stimulate the uptake of public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP), the European Commission funding programme Horizon 2020 has released a budget of €130 - 140 million. Funding for PPI and PCP activities has been embedded across various work programmes.

Through this money, the EU intends to bring together consortia of procurers to prepare and undertake PPI or PCP, and to cooperate on identifying opportunities and preparing for future PPI and PCP activities. Support for procurers can be found in programmes related to European Research Infrastructures, Information and Communication Technologies, Health, Food and Bioeconomy, Energy, Transport, and Climate Change and the Environment.

Details of the funding opportunities, in addition to information on effectively tendering for and implementing PPI and PCP projects, will be presented at the upcoming conference "Modernising the public sector and boosting economic growth through Innovation Procurement", set to take place in Milan (Italy) from 26 - 27 November. Further information on the conference is available in the events section further down.

For more information on funding opportunities, visit the Horizon 2020 website.

Budapest PPI & PCP training receives positive reviews from attendees

On 14 October, 15 participants from across Europe attended a training run by the PPI Platform focusing on how to procure innovation effectively. The training, which took place in Budapest (Hungary), was the second of three trainings to be carried out by the PPI Platform team. Those in attendance gave positive feedback regarding the one-day seminar, which was led by the Regional Environmental Centre (REC).

PIANOo and ICLEI, on behalf of the European Commission, developed the training to provide participants with both a theoretical framework and more practical advice on implementing Public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). Within each training, the latest PPI support tools are introduced and discussed, and specific aspects of innovation and procurement, such as criteria setting or pre-procurement aspects, explored.

For more information, visit the PPI Platform website.

3   Recent resource uploads

Driving innovation in public procurement, published by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie, Germany (2010).

This practical guide from the German Ministry of Economy and Technology serves as an introduction to the processes and methods required to successfully procure innovation. It outlines procedures to be followed and looks at new approaches in the field. It also includes recommendations and best practice cases.

Procurement and innovation: a supplement to the 2013 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement, published by UNOPS (2014).

This document focuses on procurement and innovation, providing an overview of the current debate and status of innovative procurement through a collection of articles from academia, the public and private sectors, and the UN itself.

Finnish sustainability rating system for data centres, published by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland (2014).

Data centres are used to house computer systems and associated components, such as servers, telecommunications and storage systems in a controlled, managed environment. The Finnish sustainability rating system is a weighted system that aims to promote the sustainability of individual data centres. This manual provides information on designing, building, equipping, operating and managing data centres in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way.

4   Events

11 November 2014

Coordination, procurement and innovation for value and quality in health and welfare, Stockholm, Sweden [in Swedish]

How do countries achieve value-based health care? This event will discuss the value and quality in health and welfare coordination, procurement and innovation. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to real-life experiences in the field of healthcare, and learn about Nordic Innovation's efforts and work within this area.

17 - 20 November 2014

CARE INNOVATION 2014: Towards a Resource Efficient Economy, Vienna, Austria

Attracting more than 400 international experts, the CARE INNOVATION 2014 Symposium will present up-to-date progress on sustainable development and the development of eco-efficient electric, electronic and automotive products. The conference will provide a platform to discuss the latest progress on resource efficiency, legal compliance, sustainable products and services, corporate social responsibility, energy efficiency, climate change, and recycling.

26 - 27 November 2014

Modernising the public sector and boosting economic growth through Innovation Procurement, Milan, Italy

This high-level conference will bring together procurers and stakeholders from the public sphere to network and collaborate on future calls of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. A special session on PCP in robotics will be held on 27 November, which will outline funding opportunities, present potential project ideas, and offer networking opportunities for likeminded professionals.

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