Agreeing on Common Needs

An important part of the PPI4Waste project consists in the identification and definition of common needs of public buyers in the field of municipal waste management, within and outside the consortium. To prioritize the needs and reach an agreement on the common ones, the project consortium has designed and applied a methodology which is described in the “Agreeing common needs” report.

The process and methodology offered have been developed based on the consortium’s knowledge and experience in waste and public procurement and inspired from the experience acquired on waste and procurement in other projects such as Ecopol, Wastecosmart, Probis and INNOCAT.

In a first step, the methodology focuses on the identification of needs expressed by contracting authorities in different countries, regions and cities and based on situations requiring implementation of collaborative public procurement initiatives. It helps public authorities to describe and understand their situation and challenges regarding municipal waste management. The identified needs are core needs of the contracting authorities that can be related to societal challenges, among others. The methodology used has also supported the identification of drivers behind the needs.

In a second step, indications are given on how to analyse, prioritise and agree on the needs, taking into consideration the waste hierarchy to focus the needs identification under the circular economy approach. It has to be noted that the methodology used is taking PPI into consideration while identifying and agreeing on common needs.

This part of the research work proved to be crucial for the success of the project as the common needs agreed according to the methodology are the basis for all upcoming activities within the project. The agreed needs are presented in another report entitled ‘Common Report on targeted improvements’.