BIG BUYERS FOR CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT

WHAT IS BIG BUYERS?

Big Buyers for Climate and Environment is a European Commission Initiative for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement for sustainable solutions.

Public procurement can be a key tool in driving the development of innovative goods and services on the European market. By working together, and pooling their resources, cities, central purchasing bodies, and other major public procurers can maximise their market power and impact.

ICLEI and EUROCITIES are currently running the initiative on behalf of the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The initiative aims to work together with existing networks and organisations active in this area.

We are now embarking on the next phase of the Big Buyers Initiative, following the successful piloting of three working groups between 2019 and 2020. Find out more about the outcomes of these working groups below.

GET INVOLVED!

Considering the results of the needs assessment survey, a list of pre-selected possible areas of collaboration/working groups has been created. Check them out here:

 

Results of needs assessment


WHY GET INVOLVED?

Big Buyers is designed to help drive market demand for innovative and sustainable products and services in Europe.

We establish working groups, which focus on a specific unmet public procurement need.  The groups meet regularly, both online and in person, and consist of a small number of public purchasing organisations, such as local and regional governments, central purchasing bodies, and other public agencies.

Through participating in these groups, participants benefit from a number of joint activities:

  • Exchange of best practice with peers from across the EU
  • Carry out joint market engagement and share market intelligence
  • Find out about the latest guidance and technical developments
  • Joint development of procurement criteria and strategies
  • Full reimbursement of travel costs for all physical meetings and technical visits

Four new working groups will be established in 2021. Public buyers who are interested in potentially collaborating on one of the topics (either as an active participant or with an observer role), are welcome to get in touch with the Big Buyers Secretariat by sending an email to info@bigbuyers.eu.

One of the new working groups to be established will specifically focus on unmet needs in the healthcare sector. We therefore welcome the involvement of public bodies involved in healthcare procurement.

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?


KEEP INFORMED

Join the Big Buyers Observer Group to stay in touch

Email us here


PREVIOUS WORKING GROUPS

ZERO EMISSION CONSTRUCTION SITES

This group is aiming to promote the use of zero-emission construction machinery on public construction sites and increaseingthe implementation rate of pilot procurements in this sector.

Find out more here

HEAVY-DUTY ELECTRIC VEHICLES

This group aims to develop the market for heavy-duty electric vehicles in Europe's cities, including waste trucks and street cleaning equipment, through joint market dialogue and criteria development. 

Find out more here

CIRCULAR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

This group is focused on promoting the use of circular construction materials in the procurement of public demolition, construction and renovation projects.

Find out more here


LATEST EVENTS

BIG BUYERS INITATIVE: RESULTS WEBINAR, PHASE ONE

23 October, 2020

The webinar presented the outcomes of 12 months of collaboration from each of the three working groups during the first phase of the Big Buyers Initiative, including lessons learned reports, factsheets, and joint statements of demand.

All presentations and videos from the event are available to download here:

 

 

Contact us

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Simon Clement
simon.clement@iclei.org
+49 761 368 9244

 

EUROCITIES
Anja De Cunto
Anja.DeCunto@eurocities.eu

+32 2 552 0867


INTERVIEWS WITH BIG BUYERS