Resources on Procurement of Innovation

Doing innovation procurement requires specific knowledge and expertise. Luckily, many resources exist, including guidance, criteria sets and case studies, which can help you on your journey to purchasing innovative goods and services.

In addition, you can visit our 'Services and Expertise' page to find more information on specific projects, initiatives and other services which can support you to do innovation procurement in practice.

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CHARM Programme - improving traffic management through pre-commercial procurement (PCP)

ProjectsICT (information and communication techn.)

Some specific functions that significantly improve traffic management are not yet available on the market. The CHARM PCP project (2012-2017) challenged the market to develop innovative traffic management functions for Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) and Highways England. External companies have developed six new prototypes for incident detection, network management and in-car systems.

English, Dutch

Netherlands, United Kingdom

2017

Functional Specification guide - Developing a sustainable functional specification in 6 steps

Tools/Guidance

This guide is intended for anyone within the tender and procurement process who in any capacity is involved in developing specifications and is looking to go further or has more ambition than setting minimum sustainability requirements in a tender and procurement process.

English

Netherlands

Dutch Ministery of the Interior and Kingdom Relations/Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

2013

Innovation Procurement Brokers

Projects

The main objective of this project is to establish an Innovation Procurement Broker (IPB) that brings together and facilitates the procurement of innovative goods and services between contracting authorities, suppliers of innovation (with a special focus on SMEs and start-ups), investors, and researchers. This sustainable business model is based on scaling up the activities of 5 pilot schemes at European level. The pilots are implemented at regional and national level testing out different approaches.

English

Europe/EU

EU GPP Case Study - Procurement of energy efficient street lighting

Case studiesLightingInfrastructure

The Municipality of Župa Dubrovačka recognised the need to improve the quality of street lighting in the Municipality and decided to do so by installing a fixed lighting installation which would achieve that goal and thereby improve public safety, traffic safety and traffic flow at night.

English

Europe/EU, Croatia

2015

Energy Innovation Procurement. A Guide for City Authorities

Tools/GuidanceEnergyLighting

This Guide provides a multi-level approach for ambitious City authorities that wish to achieve transformational energy outcomes across the city. It includes the methodology that was created and applied within the European project CEPPI (Coordinated energy-related PPIs actions for cities) known as the ‘Flexible Framework for Energy Innovation Procurement’, approaches to needs identification and planning, and strategies for procurement interventions to achieve innovation.

English

Europe/EU

CEPPI

ProjectsEnergy

Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) will demonstrate that by selectively intervening in scheduled public tenders, energy consumption can be reduced and GHG emissions decreased.

English

Europe/EU

2015

Eco-innovation Action Plan

PoliciesCase studiesFood and cateringTransport and vehiclesEnergyBuildings and construction

Launched by the European Commission in December 2011, the new Action Plan will build on the valuable experience gained to date from its successor (the Environmental Technologies Action Plan) – especially in promoting eco-innovation’s development and uptake across Europe.

The EcoAP is a significant step forward for eco-innovation, moving the EU beyond green technologies and fostering a comprehensive range of eco-innovative processes, products and services. The ambitious plan will also focus on developing stronger and broader eco-innovation actions across and beyond Europe.

English

Europe/EU

European Commission, DG Environment

2011

Lighting the Cities - Accelerating the Deployment of Innovative Lighting in European Cities

Tools/GuidanceLighting

This report is aimed at decision-makers in European cities responsible for indoor and outdoor lighting infrastructures. It is directed towards cities that might be considering their first SSL deployments, and to those that already have
some experience and would benefit from more information.

English

Europe/EU

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

2013

SMART SPP - Innovation through sustainable procurement - Case study series

Case studiesTransport and vehiclesLighting

A series of case studies from five public organisations in Denmark, Portugal, Spain and the UK. demonstrating effective approaches to purchasing innovative, energy-efficient products.
Also available in Danish, Portuguese and Spanish on the website.

English

Denmark, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

2011