Description of PPI4Waste

What was 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 explored mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector.

Who was involved?

The PPI4Waste Consortium comprised 8 partners  and lasted for almost 3 years. A number of activities took place within the project lifetime to help increase uptake of innovative waste solutions. These included:

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 resulted 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 included 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 have been 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.