The PPI4Waste project has been based on an integrated approach which has involved setting targets, defining needs and improvements of functional performances and completing the cycle of preparation activities to implement Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) processes in the waste sector; making know-how on procedures for procurement of innovation widely available through the establishment of a purchasing community; making state-of-the-art solutions accessible to a considerable number of procurers and building capacity for PPI uptake in the waste sector.
The work-plan of this 30-month project has a concise structure supporting the workflow to achieve its main aim; which is improving resource efficiency, sustainable waste management and sustainable consumption throughout Europe by increasing the use of PPI through a structured coordination action of networking, capacity-building and dissemination.
The cornerstone of the project is to boost resource efficiency through PPI, on the basis of the waste hierarchy. The establishment of both a Purchasing Community and an Interest Group on innovative waste management solutions in the first phase of the project created critical mass and has facilitated the exchange of knowledge among public procurers in the waste sector.
Two other important aspects covered in the project are the innovation system perspective to assess ex ante whether the right conditions are in place to expect innovations in PPI procedures, and risk management strategies to take when engaging in PPI procedures (see respective PPI4Waste reports).
This guide aims to collect the lessons learned during this period, both concerning the needs and barriers of public procurers operating in the waste sector and the possible solutions and opportunities that can be found. A key output is policy recommendations for applying public procurement of innovation in the waste sector.