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Circular PP recommends circular procurement actions to national policy makers

20 May 2020

A set of recommendations directed at national policy makers has been published by the Circular PP project. Public procurement can be a powerful tool for creating demand for circular products and services. This does not happen automatically however, and needs strong policy signals. As such, Circular PP recommends the following:

1.     National Circular Economy (CE) strategies should have a clear link to the concept of circular public procurement, including a definition and objectives.

2.     Countries should examine the opportunities to make sustainable and circular public procurement more binding and develop appropriate indicators.

3.     Local pilots of procurement of circular products and solutions should be encouraged.

4.     Specific CPP criteria should be clearly included in the EU GPP criteria.

5.     Market dialogue and networking between procurers and different actors should be increased in order to develop new circular solutions and innovations on the market.

These recommendations are the result of a large analysis conducted by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) to assess the state of circular public procurement policy and practice across eight Baltic Sea countries (Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Latvia, Poland, and Finland) as well as comparisons to the Netherlands and UK. The full analysis can be found here.

Circular PP is a 3-year project supported by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme. These recommendations, along with other outcomes from the Circular PP project will be presented at the Baltic Circular Procurement Congress (1-3rd September 2020). Register here to attend.

Join the webinar: delivery models, funding & procurement for smart cities

13 May 2020

City governments have a key role in planning, delivering, and ensuring the uptake of smart technologies. The key to success is to define this role adequately. Join us for a webinar on 18 June 2020 discussing how to choose the delivery model(s) for your smart city ambitions. Sign up here

If we assume that the responsibility of visioning, financing, procuring and managing smart city projects lies solely on the shoulders of cities, then implementing smart city ambitions may seem like a daunting task. In a time of global uncertainty, public officers indeed rarely have the resources and expertise to bear the sole burden of delivery. The good news is that such a delivery model is rarely the only option available.

A successful smart city project will equally benefit technology solutions providers, investors, local businesses and community stakeholders. Provided the vested interests of those parties can align (so that supply matches demand at the correct price), then those actors all have an incentive to drive projects forward.

Because of a lack of market dialogue in the smart city solution markets, those private and public interests rarely align spontaneously. The role of cities is therefore to understand the reasons behind market failure and use the wide array of regulatory, financing and procurement tools at their disposal to address it and encourage market activity.

The current COVID-19 crisis illustrates why cities should avoid relying on a single delivery model to support all of their smart city ambitions. In times of great market disruption/uncertainty it is helpful to have a mix of funding, procurement and delivery strategies to:

  • spread the risk and costs of disruption between different actors, and
  • avoid dependency on single providers/funders who might reconsider their commitment during disruptive periods.

This webinar will go through four different, but complementary, roles that cities can play to support the adoption of smart city solutions within their boundaries, highlighting their associated funding models and how they each address various market failures. These models include:

  1. Cities as regulators
  2. Cities as facilitators
  3. Cities as buyers (direct procurers)
  4. Cities as partners (public-private partnerships)
  5. The delivery models described in the webinar should be seen as complementary – they all have their place as part of a sustainable smart city delivery strategy, both now and in the future.

The webinar will be moderated by Philipp Tepper from ICLEI Europe and Georg Houben of the European Commission. The discussion will be supported by real life examples from different panelists, who will share their experiences of applying each delivery model.

AI suppliers, climate change experts and cities can register to the AI4Cities Open Market Consultation webinar

11 May 2020

The AI4Cities project has opened registration to its first global Open Market Consultation webinar, taking place next May 28. In this webinar, the AI4Cities consortium will introduce the project and its ambitions, and will open the dialogue with potential suppliers of artificial intelligence solutions to accelerate carbon neutrality.

AI4Cities is a three-year EU-funded project bringing together leading European cities looking for innovative solutions applying the use of AI and related enabling technologies, such as big data applications, 5G, edge computing and IoT, to reduce CO2 emissions in the fields of mobility and energy. Helsinki  (Finland), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Paris Region (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia) are the six European cities and regions that are taking part in this pre-commercial procurement (PCP) process, an innovation procurement tool that enables the public sector to steer the development of new solutions (not-market-ready) directly towards its needs.

The total funding amount to be divided among the selected suppliers throughout the whole PCP process is 4.6 million euros.

Next May 28, AI suppliers (startups, entrepreneurs, companies...), as well as climate change experts and cities are invited to join the first global Open Market Consultation webinar, so that demand and supply sides start their dialogue.

Agenda of the event

10.00    Introduction to the AI4Cities project. Kaisa Sibelius, Coordinator AI4Cities, Forum Virium Helsinki
10.15    Mobility– City of Stavanger, Nils Henrik Haaland.
10.25    Energy – City of Amsterdam, Anja Reimann and Mimi Eelman.
10.40    Open AI for agile cities. Timo Ruohomäki, Programme Director, Forum Virium Helsinki
10.55    What is a Pre-Commercial Procurement process? Hugo Gonçalves, PCP Specialist, Forum Virium Helsinki
11.10    Questions and answers
11.30    End

To register, visit here

Health-care procurers meet EIC companies to discuss innovative medical solutions

5 May 2020

In response to the current public health crisis, EIC Accelerator and ICLEI Europe have organized an online market engagement event. On April 30, public and private procurers from the health sector discussed their needs in the current crisis with 23 selected EIC companies who pitched their solutions for providing medical supply, such as personal protective garments, medication, test kits, respiratory machinery as well as innovative technologies such as tele-medicine, remote solutions, artificial intelligence for date analysis and prediction. 

The 50 health procurers at the pitching event expressed a need for better personal protection equipment, reliable test kits, new telehealth devices, and more efficient ways of managing their supply chain. The event was considered a great success by both the procurers attending, and the companies that presented their solutions.

A representative from the University Hospital Halle in Germany shared concerns about the supply chain. “On the demand side, there is no general database for all hospitals. We don’t have a national health service. Every hospital is working on its own when it comes to databases,” he said. “We need something that makes it easy to take [an] Excel [spreadsheet] and to share it.”

A number of EIC-backed ideas looked to meet these requirements. Among them was EyeControl, a wearable device that uses eye tracking tech to enable communication between medical staff and ventilated patients, including those diagnosed with COVID-19.
Thanks to the high demand from procurers from across Europe as well as beyond, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Luxemburg, Slovakia, Spain and Romania, the UK, and Colombia, a follow up event will be organised in June.

Prior to the event, ICLEI collected and analysed the procurers’ needs and selected relevant companies from the pool of over 5,000 EIC companies based on the needs expressed by procurers. To make the start-ups and SMEs more familiar with public procurement, ICLEI also developed and conducted a procurement training.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) can connect public buyers with innovation needs with the community of more than 5000 top innovative SMEs and start-ups. All suppliers go through a demanding selection procedure and received EIC funding. ICLEI Europe supports partnership building between the EIC Community members and public procurers interested in working with EIC SME’s; and manages the on-boarding of private and public procurers interested in working with innovators on the EIC Community Platform and motivate their active participation in the EIC Community.