How can innovations be procured if they are not yet commercially available? The public sector often needs specialized goods and services that are usually not required by private households and companies. As a result, there is a limited supply and little pressure to innovate in this specific area. Innovation partnerships between public agencies and innovative companies can contribute to providing the needed innovations for the public sector.
The jury of the 2021 Procura + Awards has revealed the nine finalists for this year. The Procura + Awards, an ICLEI Europe initiative, supported by the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project, recognise excellence in sustainable procurement.
Marlene Grauer is an international project manager at the Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) in Germany. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BME is the expert organisation that runs the National Competence Centre for Innovative Procurement (KOINNO) in Germany. Get to know more about her work related to procure2innovate.
Under this guiding principle, the Ecovation organized by the Bundesbeschaffung GmbH and the IÖB took place in Vienna on 26 and 27 November 2018. It highlighted the relationship between sustainability and innovation and their added value for public procurement through various presentations and workshops.
True to the motto "Back to the Future" (quote from Dr. Karsten Homrighausen, Berlin fire department - since there were electronic fire trucks 100 years ago), a press conference took place on November 15, 2018 in the offices of the Berlin fire brigade. There, the project "electric extinguishing and auxiliary power vehicle" (eLHF) with the responsible project partners was presented and the second phase of the project was heralded.
The Competence Network Trusted Cloud (CNTC), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is a specialist for all topics relating to cloud computing. Learn what cloud computing is, what types exist and what benefits it offers.
The social aspects in the procurement of IT hardware were the focus of the 6th Conference on Socially Responsible Procurement of IT Hardware, which took place on 21 and 22 June 2018 in Stuttgart. One focus this time was on the extraction of raw materials and the prevention of conflict minerals.
The participants of this year's Regional Conference West met in Essen on 6 June 2018 to discuss together what innovative public procurement means and how it is already anchored in the participants' companies. The focus was on measures that lead to greater consideration of innovations in institutions.
The goal of the "Procure2Innovate" initiative, which is funded by the EU Commission and is limited to four years, is to connect new and already existing competence centers for public procurement in Europe.