Description of PPI4Waste

What is the project about?

Effective waste management is heavily dependent on the development of innovative solutions for waste collection and treatment. This is where public procurement comes in: it can act as a key instrument to galvanise the market in order to preserve and recycle material resources. Public procurement of innovation (PPI), particularly, is a way to encourage the development of new, more efficient solutions.

Public procurement of innovation (PPI) can be hampered by a lack of cross-border coordination, limited access to best practice cases, and limited or no knowledge of close-to-market innovative solutions.

The PPI4Waste project explores mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector.

Who is involved?

The PPI4Waste Consortium comprises 8 partners and will last for almost 3 years. A number of activities are taking place within the project lifetime to help increase uptake of innovative waste solutions. These include:

  • Creation of an interest group and purchasing community as well as of an Expert Group
  • Capacity-building workshops to reinforce knowledge on PPI procedures
  • One procurement foresight and one transnational state-of-the-art workshop
  • An international event
  • Publication of different reports

4 steps towards the implementation of PPI process

Step 1: Needs Assessment

Identification of common needs and involvement of key experts at the European level.

Step 2: Market Engagement

Market consultation and identification of state-of-the-art innovative solutions, bringing together both the demand and supply sides  to gain a better understanding of ready-to-market solutions. These activities will result in the definition of a roadmap for improvement of performance specifications.

Step 3: Feasibility Assessment

Assessment of the feasibility of a joint or coordinated PPI process through a feasibility plan which will include key aspects such as financial modelling, legal framework, and risk reduction strategy. In order to ensure the right transfer to potential contracting authorities, training sessions will be organized.

Step 4: Lessons learned

Publication of a guide to share the main lessons learned during the project and help to set standards for PPI implementation in the waste sector.