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InnProBio Recommendations for decision-makers and standardisation bodies

InnProBio Recommendations for decision-makers and standardisation bodies

Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services.

By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including factsheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services.

This report provides recommendations for decision-makers and standardisation bodies, and describes barriers and meaningful recommendations on how to develop the public procurement of bio-based products and services.

InnProBio Bio-based procurement tools

InnProBio Bio-based procurement tools

Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services.

By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including factsheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services.  

This webpage presents various bio-based procurement tools, including

  • a series of 4 good practice examples, showing how bio-based procurement was done successfully in practice, can be found here.
  • a roadmap with detailed information on various procurement instruments that can be used for bio-based procurement
  • a selection of text blocks with exemplary technical specifications, for inclusion in public procurement (tender) documents

The same materials are also covered and discussed in InnProBio’s Handbook on Bio-Based Procurement.

    InnProBio Product Database

    InnProBio Product Database

    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services.

    By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

    InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including factsheets, state-of-the-art reports, an online product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services.

    InnProBio’s searchable database covers a range of bio-based products that are already on the market. For each product information such specifications, bio-based content, and sustainability certification is presented. It can be accessed here

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (Dutch version)

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (Dutch version)

    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services.

    By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

    InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including factsheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services. 

    A shortened version of the information presented online is presented in the Handbook on the Public Procurement of Bio-Based Products and Services. The handbook can be used independently by procurement practitioners and is available in several languages (English, German, Polish and Dutch).

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (German version)

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (German version)

    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services.

    By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

    InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including factsheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services. 

    A shortened version of the information presented online is presented in the Handbook on the Public Procurement of Bio-Based Products and Services. The handbook can be used independently by procurement practitioners and is available in several languages (English, German, Polish and Dutch).

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (Polish version)

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (Polish version)

    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services.

    By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

    InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including factsheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services. 

    A shortened version of the information presented online is presented in the Handbook on the Public Procurement of Bio-Based Products and Services. The handbook can be used independently by procurement practitioners and is available in several languages (English, German, Polish and Dutch).

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (English version)

    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (English version)

    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services.

    By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

    InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including factsheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services. 

    A shortened version of the information presented online is presented in the Handbook on the Public Procurement of Bio-Based Products and Services. The handbook can be used independently by procurement practitioners and is available in several languages (English, German, Polish and Dutch).

    InnProBio series of factsheets about Bioeconomy (Dutch version)

    InnProBio series of factsheets about Bioeconomy (Dutch version)

    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services. 

    By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

    InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including fact sheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services.

    Among others, a series of fact sheets were published, covering: 

    • #1: What are bio-based products?
    • #2: Sustainability of bio-based products
    • #3: Biodegradability – Exposing some of the myths and facts
    • #4: Bio-based products and services in the circular economy
    • #5: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)

    For the European Bioeconomy Library these 5 fact sheets have been integrated into a single document (in English).

    InnProBio series of factsheets about Bioeconomy (English version)

    InnProBio series of factsheets about Bioeconomy (English version)

    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s gross domestic product. This tremendous power from the European public sector can be used as a market pull mechanism to help boost the market of bio-based products and their associated services. 

    By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio worked with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing innovative bio-based products and services. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.

    InnProBio outcomes include tools & resources, including fact sheets, state-of-the-art reports, a product database, guidance materials, and recommendations on the public procurement of bio-based products and services.

    Among others, a series of fact sheets were published, covering: 

    • #1: What are bio-based products?
    • #2: Sustainability of bio-based products
    • #3: Biodegradability – Exposing some of the myths and facts
    • #4: Bio-based products and services in the circular economy
    • #5: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)

    For the European Bioeconomy Library these 5 fact sheets have been integrated into a single document (in English).

    INNPROBIO – Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement

    INNPROBIO – Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement

    For public procurement to become the enabler of the bio-based economy craved by the EU, procurement authorities will need to work collectively and enable procurers to make more informed decisions. The InnProBio project has been clearing the way.

    The EU’s confidence in bio-based products seems unshakeable: by 2020, it hopes to be the undisputed leader of a bio-based market worth some EUR 200 billion. The question is, how can this be achieved? Many stakeholders will point at public procurement as a key enabler – especially for niche or still burgeoning markets. But the truth is that procurers and decision makers are not equipped to make the best and most informed decision.

    This is where the InnProBio (Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement) project kicks in. By building a community of public purchasers interested in bio-based products, its eight company-strong consortium aimed to help them identify relevant solutions and show them how bio-based products and services can fit into their innovation and procurement actions.

    “Creating a community around the hot topics of bio-based products and services (BBPS) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) is important because, as we speak, there is no widespread pool of public procurement practitioners. Such a community would help disseminate information and knowledge and would also lead to an increase in procurement of BBPS and PPI,” says Moritz Westkämper, coordinator of InnProBio on behalf of the German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).

    This seems only logical: whilst public purchases represent around 14 % of the EU’s GDP, converting this market power into a market pull mechanism requires the public sector to act as a single ‘unit’. This, in turn, can only be achieved with dedicated networks, tools and resources that are currently missing, and InnProBio aimed to fill the gap.

    The first step consisted in mapping stakeholder needs: “The workshops that we organised quickly made it clear that there was a need for proper information to be made available in a compact format. This is why we designed an online toolbox containing information for public procurement, a set of factsheets, a glossary and other procurement tools such as tender text blocks, good practice cases and so on,” Westkämper explains.

    Another thing that came out was the need for support from management positions (top-down support). The desire to procure sustainable BBPS indeed seemed to be insufficient, and public procurement practitioners would most likely stand to benefit from goals being set out by ministries and governments.

    “All in all, we identified a series of barriers: a lack of knowledge of bio-based concepts and market; a lack of procurement methods; a lack of political and management support; a lack of communication within organisations; and other barriers related to costs, industry-specific barriers and a lack of trust,” says Westkämper.

    The consortium is confident that the online toolbox, along with workshops and market dialogues, will help remove these barriers. If these are combined with a unified approach and support from management positions to public procurement practitioners, as well better communication within departments and between different procurement departments, they believe that a community of practice could arise and that buying groups could create a market opening for BBPS.

    In the long run, the developed tools will help public procurement practitioners look for BBPS and procure them. There is a justified hope that fossil-based products and services will be replaced by BBPS. The public service has such a market power that an established procurement of BBPS could mirror consumer behaviour and thus lead to a sustainable society.

    Now that the project has been completed, the InnProBio team intends to use the information material and procurement tools they developed in other EU-funded projects. Project partners are also taking up the results at the national level, with one prominent project being the German national procurement project ‘Nachwachsende Rohstoffe im Einkauf’ supporting the procurement of bio-based products in Germany, which organises workshops and market dialogues. “The project notably created a ‘bio-based office’ which is presented at procurement fairs as a pop-up office. This is a unique opportunity to see and experience first-hand how a bio-based office can look,” Westkämper concludes.

    • Grant Agreement ID
      652599
    • Call Topic
      H2020-EU.3.2.
    • Project Website
    • Duration
      From: 2015-03-01
      To: 2018-02-28
    • Overall Budget
      1 971 805,75 €
    • Coordinator
      FACHAGENTUR NACHWACHSENDE ROHSTOFFE EV

    PROJECT CONTENTS

    InnProBio Bio-based procurement tools
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
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    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (Dutch version)
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more
    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (English version)
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more
    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (German version)
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more
    InnProBio Handbook on the public procurement of bio-based products and services (Polish version)
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more
    InnProBio Product Database
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more
    InnProBio Recommendations for decision-makers and standardisation bodies
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more
    InnProBio series of factsheets about Bioeconomy (Dutch version)
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more
    InnProBio series of factsheets about Bioeconomy (English version)
    Public procurement plays a vital role in Europe’s economic performance. EU public spending on purchasing supplies, works and services amounts
    Read more