The RISE institutes Innventia, SP, and Swedish ICT have merged in order to become RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden, a stronger research and innovation partner. Through its international collaboration programmes with academia, industry, and the public sector, it ensures the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. RISE counts 2,200 employees who support and promote all manner of innovative processes, and its roughly 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities are instrumental in developing the future-proofing of products, technologies, and services. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is fully owned by the Swedish state.
Within PPI4Waste project, RISE has been in particular responsible for defining and assessing the needs of the public procuring organisations in charge of municipal waste management in the EU. For this task, PPI4Waste partners set the path to identify the needs of public procurers, and the current state of the art of the emerging innovation in the waste sector. The objectives of this action were to:
- Approach and define real Public stakeholders target challenges through the assessment of their needs and ambitions;
- Check if the needs can be met in by innovative products and/or solutions close to the market in order to uptake PPI.
The challenge was to find the situations where a PPI approach is likely to have an impact. In short: where the needs and the capacity of the procurer is aligned with the EU waste challenges and the ability of the innovation system to deliver the solutions.
For this, it was necessary to identify specific targets and strategies for waste management for participating buyers in the consortium, identify national schemes and draw a complete map of targeted improvements and possible emerging solutions. This prepared contracting authorities, in the next steps of the project, to use PPI to lead innovation and meet the future challenges in the waste sector.
RISE has participated in several EU projects on PCP and PPI developing a deeper understanding of procurements role in the innovations systems. During 2017 collaboration on capacity building and dissemination regarding PCP & PPI was developed with The National Agency for Public Procurement and Vinnova – Sweden’s innovation agency.
RISE has a strong commitment in circular economy and waste management. RE:Source is a Swedish, national strategic innovation program hosted by RISE. Waste Refinery started in 2007 as a center of knowledge. Today it is a strong strategic network hosted by RISE. CLOSING THE LOOP – from waste to valuable resources is a research program for sustainable industrial recycling hosted by RISE. The ongoing second phase (2016-2020) includes six independent projects. In the Centre of Excellence CIRCULAR ECONOMY, RISE gathers the expertise needed to make a difference to the waste streams prioritized by the EU: food, plastics, critical raw materials, construction and demolition, and biomass and bio-based products. The competence area Resource recovery from WASTE includes research and technical evaluation in the fields of combustion technology, acoustics, building services systems, energy use in buildings and the indoor environment. The section Resource-efficient Systems and Services has accumulated knowledge, experience and expertise in areas relating to resource and waste issues, industrial energy, innovation processes and systems change. Resource recovery from waste is a group within the section, specialized in energy recovery from waste.