As a part of the PPI4Waste project, several “Meet-the-Market” events took place across Europe, inviting procurers and suppliers to discuss their mutual needs and the solutions to overcome the barriers to public procurement of innovation (PPI) in the waste sector.
The first Meet-the-Market event was organised by Mancomunidad del Sur, IAT and UNIZAR. It was held on 30 March 2016 in Zaragoza (Spain) presented the PPI framework in Spain and the strategic framework for the circular economy in municipal waste management, with a focus on PPI for packaging and bio-waste. The second event of the series, organised on 31 March 2016 in Utrecht (Netherlands) by Rijkswaterstaat, focused on the challenges for municipalities to think about the value of household waste and the possibilities for resource management. It aimed at giving the opportunity to Dutch public procurers and suppliers in the field of waste management to discuss the possibilities for the transition from waste to resource management.
After introducing the European and Croatian regulatory framework and circular economy, the third event organised by Zagreb City Holding on 5 April 2016 in Zagreb (Croatia) dealt with green public procurement (the technology of collection and treatment of municipal solid waste) and the establishment of resource efficiency and circular economy (promotion of innovation in waste management of municipal companies). The last event of the series was organised by ACR+ on 12 May 2016 in Brussels (Belgium). It gathered Belgian public purchasers and suppliers in the field of plastic waste management and focused on innovative solutions for the collection and separation of plastics in Belgium.
To draw the conclusions of this round of national Meet-the-Market events, a one-day workshop was organised by ICLEI in Bilbao (Spain) on 26 April 2016 during which public authorities and PPI4Waste partners could exchange on their expertise and issues. In addition, this event aimed at fostering communication on purchasers’ needs, financing opportunities, disseminating the emerging national research, facilitating discussions of customer and overcoming the barriers to innovation in the field of municipal waste management.