One of the first activities of the PPI4Waste project is to define common needs for the waste-to-resource challenges which can be solved with Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI). The establishment of common needs will enable a large group of potential buyers to be formed, which is vital to ensure critical mass when collaborating on public procurement.
During the first months of the project, the needs of public organisations in charge of municipal waste management have therefore been assessed. Within the project, a methodology for identifying and prioritizing common needs of public buyers in the field of municipal waste management has been developed, based on experience from previous projects within related topics.
A round of interviews with 14 contracting authorities across the EU has been conducted to map the needs of these organisations. Close to 100 identified needs have been analysed using methods including scanning, clustering, assessment and prioritization in accordance with the EU waste hierarchy. These needs cover the whole waste management chain, and some examples are: development of citizen involvement control systems, pre-treatment of bulky waste, reducing the noise caused by the mechanized street sweeping and washing system, biogas exploitation systems, sealing of landfill and gas removal.
As a result of the analysis, project partners will agree on at least three priority areas in municipal waste treatment. Partners will then prepare contracting authorities to use PPI to lead innovation and meet the future challenges in the waste sector.
Two-bin system (biowaste and fraction for incineration) in Gothenburg region, Sweden.
Underground waste collection system in the Gothenburg region, Sweden