The Procura+ Awards reward successful, already running, sustainable and innovative public procurements. These procurements lead to significant improvements of public goods, services, processes and infrastructure.

With this Award the Procura+ Network wants to showcase sustainable and innovation procurement in practice.

Procura+ Award ceremony


Entry for the 2020 Awards is closed

The closing date for the Procura+ Awards 2020 was April 30. The shortlisted candidates have been revealed in all categories. You can find the shortlist below.

The Jury

  • Marzena Rogalska, Director, European Commission DG Grow
  • Erika Bozzay, Senior Policy Advisor, OECD
  • Johanna Enberg, Strategist Innovation Procurement, Swedish Competence Centre for Innovation Procurement
  • Mark Hidson, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre


Procura+ Awards highlight sustainable and innovation procurements and tender procedures and give visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities and their initiatives.

The procured solutions will have a strong potential for replication and scaling up and will be an excellent showcase in using sustainable and innovation procurement instruments to purchase cutting edge solutions, in particular ICT solutions.


The shortlisted candidates of the 2020 Procura+ Awards are revealed! Find a full list of all shortlisted candidates in each of the four categories below.

Sustainable Procurement of the Year

Recognising the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of the procurement.


Aiming for the sky in circular construction

Kamp C, the Flemish centre for sustainability and innovation, placed circularity at the heart of their new office development project.

To encourage a partnership approach and long-term commitment, they asked consortia of architects, engineers and builders to bid together for a 20 year design, build, maintain and energy (DBME) contract. The three-stage tendering process focused on functional rather than rigid specifications, giving room to the three bidding consortia to think of creative ways of meeting Kamp C’s ambitions. Through competitive dialogue, the bidders were encouraged to develop circular thinking across 7 topics, including materials, design finance and energy consumption. The contract value was fixed from the start, removing any pressure to compete on price.

The project, which is now complete, has become a flagship example of circular construction in Flanders, and inspired 50 companies and 75 public authorities to learn about the procurement of circular buildings.


Promoting organic agriculture and combating food waste through procurement

The City of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) has embarked on a journey to transform its school catering system into a model of sustainability. In close discussion  with students, parents and the market, it procured in 2018 the services of a local catering SME willing to take on this challenge.

Social and environmental objectives were at the core of the tendering process. Award criteria encouraged bidders to simultaneously reduce food waste, source organic products, design low-carbon menus to suit children’s tastes and support vulnerable adults through job opportunities.

A strong partnership developed between the pilot school and the supplier, fostering innovation through trial and error. Since its inception, the project has supported the creation of 76 new jobs, helped cut food waste in schools by 6 percentage points and educated children and adults alike to the benefits of an ethical diet. The contract places a great emphasis on monitoring , as food leftovers are weighed daily to provide instant feedback on portion sizes and the quality of meals.


Creating a local circular economy in construction and demolition

As the old gymnasium of the Félix Le Dantec highschool started to need replacement, the Council of the Brittany Region (France) placed circular economy objectives at the core of the demolition contract.

Having performed a waste assessment, assessed local demand for recycled concrete and measured the volume and quality of materials that could be recovered from the existing buildings, they searched for a supplier who could meet their ambitions. The contractor would deconstruct the building in a way allowing over 90 percent of materials to be recovered, build a storage and processing platform on a nearby site and keep noise and traffic from the works to a minimum.

Through a  social clause, the contract also secured  210 hours of work and tutoring for people excluded from the job market and an educational project for the school’s students. 

The information gathered during the market assessment and the building of a permanent storage platform will support other deconstruction initiatives in the region.



Connecting the local community to circular the reconstruction of a high school

When the need to build a new highschool arose within their administrative boundaries, the Pays de la Loire Region (France) used the project to promote high environmental standards and strengthen the local community.

The call for tenders, which was divided in 25 lots to encourage the participation of local SMEs, required suppliers to develop high-quality technical proposals meeting specific environmental ambitions. Special focus was given to the sustainability of materials, energy efficiency, recycling of construction waste and water savings. Up to 60 percent of the marks available for each lot related to the quality of the technical offer in relation to those goals. Thanks to a 3 months preliminary market engagement exercise, the market was ready to deliver the vision of the region and suppliers were secured for all lots. A contractor was furthermore appointed to monitor the environmental impact of the building during the first 2 years of operations, ensuring contract performance.

The impact of the project on the local community was thoroughly considered and some of the highschool’s leisure facilities will be open to the public, delivering direct benefits to the people of Nort-sur-Erdre.


Procura+ participant City of Torres Vedras has a unique and ambitious approach towards providing healthy and fresh meals for schools in the region. When tendering for a catering services for the counties canteens, Torres Vedras wanted to encourage canteens to provide meals in line with local food traditions, that were as fresh and seasonal as possible. By splitting up the tender in many smaller lots, packaging waste for bulk products was eliminated and small scale farmers were encouraged to apply. Specific lots for organic produce were included in the tender. This approach is embedded in Torres Vedras' healthy school food programme that also includes educational activities for school children, like school vegetable gardens, farm visits, and sports programmes. 



Innovation Procurement of the Year

Recognising the outstanding innovation of the procurement and the public authority as a launch customer.


Medical equipment as a service

Italian hospitals were for many years facing inefficiencies with their MRI and CT scanners equipment, incurring high costs and relying on increasingly outdated machines.

CONSIP, the national procurement authority, decided to improve the system by looking for a supplier who could run a “pay per use” service. It issued a call for tender to secure a manufacturer willing to supply, maintain and replace state-of-the art equipment through a framework agreement. The procurement exercise was highly successful, so that Italian hospitals are now able to take on 5-7 years contracts with the supplier to gain access to the 25 high-quality scanners made available under the agreement. A progressive pricing system developed in consultation with hospitals during the pre-tender phase ensures that the service is affordable.


Innovation in ICT procurement to promote sustainable and fair supply chains

Procura+ participant City of Malmö found that the way they traditionally purchased ICT equipment did not meet their sustainability ambitions. They therefore looked for a strategic partner who could help improve their purchasing practices and leverage the City’s spending power to drive changes in the ICT market.

Through a market dialogue procedure, they invited ICT resellers to propose a framework for ensuring any equipment purchased by the city met the highest sustainability standards. Bidders were also asked to propose solutions for the recycling of obsolete ICT. Finally, the tender criteria invited them to commit to take part in regular discussions with the city on the topic through a dedicated Sustainability Forum.

The exercise was successful, making the arrangement between Malmö and its strategic partner the first of its kind in Sweden. Thanks to this contract, the City now consistently purchases a majority of certified ICT products and has recycled over 7,500 obsolete ICT objects. Malmö also takes part in their partner’s advisory board, coming together with other ICT users to discuss ways to push the industry towards greater sustainability.


Innovation partnership for selective demolition

In 2017, the City of Koprivnica set off to become the first public body in Croatia to start, run and deliver a process of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI).

One of the City’s kindergartens was suffering from serious structural defects that should have led to its demolition. However, demolishing it to reconstruct a new building would have resulted in high economic and environmental costs that the city was keen to avoid. Consequently, it used a PPI process with competitive dialogue to procure a solution to enhance the lifetime of the building. The intent was also to create a concept that would be replicable in other buildings.

The City carried out an extensive needs assessment and published its goals through thorough market engagement, which included a dedicated project prospectus and a suppliers’ workshop. In 2019, it issued the call for tenders to secure a Design & Build partner. Quality and innovation criteria attracted 50 per cent of all marks available.

The completed project extended the lifetime of the building by over 20 years for a cost 50% lower than a traditional new-build project, simultaneously delivered significant energy efficiency improvements. Through those results, Koprivnica is keen to demonstrate that small municipalities can be true leaders in the field of innovative  procurement.


Improving patient well-being and recovery through innovation procurement

When in 2016 the Galician Health Service identified an opportunity to improve the technology available to doctors performing rectal surgeries, it launched a Partnership for Innovation to work with the market on the development of a suitable product.

While it initially faced difficulties in finding biotechnology companies willing to take part in a R&D co-creation approach, it finally overcame this challenge  and signed a contract with a supplier for the last stage of the innovation procurement process.

This partner is currently developing a new high-precision surgery equipment based on surgeons’ feedback and the findings of previous research funded by the Galician Health Service Once finalised, the solution will be purchased for multiple hospitals, contributing to lower operation risks, shorter recovery times and reduced operation costs across the region.

Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT

Recognising the outstanding application of Procurement of Innovation and Pre-commercial procurement of ICT.


PCP for on-demand driverless public transport

The Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project FABULOS (Future Autonomous Bus Urban Level Operation Systems) is the first European PCP on smart urban mobility and on automated driving. The project is developed by six public authorities with the goal to develop a turnkey transport-as-a-service solution, including software, hardware, fleet and services.

3 vehicles are currently tested, driving in regular urban traffic (with speeds of 30km/h).  After an open market consultation, the group selected 5 consortia to be eligible to enter the next stages: Solution design, prototyping and lab testing, and the final phase, field testing. At each stage, only selected suppliers could proceed with eventually 3 supplier consortia advancing to the field testing stage. Once the developed solutions are tested and selected, the solution is tendered by the participating authorities and one supplier will be selected. The project is a major push toward automated public transport and can pave the way towards more coherent and safe regulation around procuring and operating these solutions.




Letting algorithms do the paperwork

Sarastia is Finland's largest public sector financial and human resources support service partner and provider of municipal services. About 13 million purchase invoices are handled by Sarastia annually. Having been done completely manually in the past, Sarastia decided to use automation and machine learning to route and post invoices.

During a competitive negotiation procedure, Sarastia provided eligible bidders with data about past 6 months of invoices. Candidates then had to train their algorithms in forecasting the posting volume and routes for the next month. The purchased solution allows for all purchase invoices to be routed and posted automatically and provides forecasts for expected invoices.


Developing ICT solutions for smart and efficient building management

The Austrian federal real estate agency (BIG) owns and manages more than 2,200 properties across Austria, with over 500,000 using the buildings every day. The buildings include public buildings such as schools and universities. BIG wanted to improve use efficiency of the building and the user experience with the help of a facility management app that would allow users to book rooms, thereby increase occupancy efficiency, and at the same time allow for smart heating/lighting management. The app was also required to include information on public transport services, routing through large buildings, and canteen menus. BIG opted for an innovation partnership because the required solution was not available on the market. Two companies entered the partnership with BIG and are currently developing a solution, which by the end of the process will also be made available to third parties.  





Bringing computing services to the next level for excellent research

PPI4HPC is a joint procurement project in which five research bodies aimed to buy innovative high-performance supercomputer and an innovative high-performance storage system for science and engineering applications. The goal was to achieve a significant upgrade of the European high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure towards future exascale systems.

The joint procurement led by GENCI, the French public company in charge of providing high-performance computing and processing data, was organised in four independent lots leading to the awarding of contracts for systems that have meanwhile or are being deployed at four different research sites throughout Europe. Drawing from several previous pre-commercial procurement (PCP) developments, this procurement resulted in an ongoing improvement of computing and therefore research capacity. By doing a joint procurement, the consortium was able to pose high demands on an evolving market and reap the outcomes of prior PCP processes.

Procurement Initiative of the Year

Recognising outstanding processes and actions towards strategic, sustainable and innovation procurement.


Embedding sustainable and innovation procurement within the university community

The University of Edinburgh has a strong base of sustainable procurement practice and it wanted to take its practices one step up. It rolled out an initiative that would identify appropriate opportunities to innovate by leveraging some of the untapped resources of a major research university, demonstrate the potential of procurement’s role as a connector between a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, and commit themselves to collaborate and share with other organisations.

As part of the initiative, the university conducted an in-depth self assessment of sustainability practices in procurement, which resulted in a comprehensive university procurement policy including social and environmental aspects. The initiative also includes tools to support innovation partnerships between the university, its staff, and its suppliers. Students and staff are regularly involved in the development of innovative circular and climate friendly procurement solutions.


A cooperative approach to supplier management to achieve a circular and sustainable city

The Procura+ participant City of Haarlem aims to procure green, fair and circular. The city is also committed to transition into a gas free city with a circular economy in which cooperation between businesses, government, knowledge institutions and citizens ensures effectiveness, innovation and sustainability. Throughout its procurements, the city aims for a cooperative approach with its suppliers, that makes sure suppliers and contractors are aligned with Haarlem’s vision of a green and circular city. 

Wherever possible, Haarlem opts for functional requirements that allows suppliers to develop their own solutions, while helping Haarlem to achieve its goals. For a recent framework agreement for public space maintenance and construction work execution, after the selection stage, the city asked bidders to submit proof of how they would collaborate with the city and its inhabitants (participation in decision making), how they would implement sustainability and circularity, cost effectiveness and political sensibility.

Haarlem also includes so called social return on investment clauses in all its contracts. The contract partners have the obligation to spend 4% of their yearly revenue on including vulnerable to exclusion groups in their workforce. Among others, Haarlem’s initiative has led to decreased traffic congestion, a local hub for raw materials, and increased cooperation with its citizens on major reconstruction works. 


Combining innovation and sustainability competence centres to bring procurement to the next level


The Austrian federal procurement agency BBG is Autria’s central public purchasing body, that negotiates and offers framework agreements to all public purchasers. In 2017, the agency decided to integrate sustainability and innovation in the core process of the public procurement services it offers.

Previously, BBG operated both the Austrian competence centre for innovation procurement as well as the sustainable procurement service centre. By integrating these two services, BBG wanted to create synergies and increase the share of innovative and sustainable products in its portfolio and became a reliable partner for Austrian federal and local public purchasing bodies in delivering on societal goals. As a result, BBG has enabled companies that offer sustainable and innovative services to increasingly participate in tenders and has raised awareness among its clients that sustainable and innovation procurement can offer economic, environmental and social benefits.


Towards citywide zero-emission delivery of goods and services


In October 2017, Procura+ participant City of Copenhagen adopted an Ecolabel Policy, stating that the procurement of goods and service in selected categories should be certified with the official Danish ecolabels; the Nordic Swan Ecolabel or the EU-Ecolabel, and that market dialogues on two product categories should be carried out annually to develop the market for ecolabelled products.

26 product categories of goods and services were selected for procurement based on the availability of licenses in the market. The selected products and services for the initiative include diapers, cleaning-and laundry service, paint and cotton clothing amongst others. Since 2017, the City of Copenhagen has worked on expanding the market of ecolabelled products by working closely with its suppliers and the Danish ecolabelling agency, recognizing that ecolabels reduce impacts on the environment and climate throughout the lifecycle of products. In 2020, Copenhagen’s focus is on children’s textiles and furniture. Through this initiative the city actively uses its procurement volume to achieve a larger amount of ecolabelled products each year and to create a change for sustainability on the market.


The Procura+ Awards 2020 also received entries from the following organisations

Province of Noord Holland - The Netherlands

Hessen Mobil - Mobility Agency for the federal state of Hessen, German

City of Utrecht - The Netherlands

SOFICO - Walloon Infrastructure Financing Company, Belgium

Department Loire Atlantique - France

Procure Partnerships -  UK

Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY - Finland

Consip - Central procurement centre, Italy

City of Getxo, Spain

LIPASAM - City of Seville's public waste management company, Spain



The 2020 Procura+ Awards are supported by the Procure2Innovate project. 


The winners and runners-up of the 2019 Procura+ Awards were announced at the 2019 Nordic Edge Expo in Stavanger, Norway on 24 September. More information on each candidate and their tender can be found below.

Sustainable Procurement of the Year

Recognising the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of the procurement.



Working in partnership with suppliers for responsible workwear

In line with the social responsibility requirements in its procurement policy, Procura+ participant the City of Ghent launched a pilot procurement for ethically produced workwear. After researching best practices in textile procurement and conducting a market analysis of fair and ethically produced clothing, Ghent realised that the market was not ready to deliver the level of environmental and social impact required.

The city decided to divide the framework agreement into five lots that required varying degrees of social and environmental performance and developed a toolbox that defines each level of performance, and the proof bidders had to submit. It also details the supplier journey towards more responsible workwear, which they commit to through contract clauses. Supplier performance will be verified by third parties, with Ghent also working in partnership with them to deliver on the improvements. 



Sustainable framework contract for cleaning services

In 2018, the Catalan Government re-awarded the framework agreement for cleaning services for all administrative buildings and education facilities, intending to increase the green and social considerations.  All cleaning products used by contractors were required to adhere to high environmental performance criteria, including specification of products with EU EcoLabel.

The tender also included green criteria and clauses for waste management, vehicles and textiles, and social criteria and clauses. The Catalan Government divided the contract into lots, with one lot reserved for special employment centres and reintegration companies. Bidders were asked to submit a monitoring plan to ensure that they could meet sustainability requirements. During audits in the contract phase, the Catalan Authorities found several non-compliance cases and were able to work with the suppliers to improve the environmental and social performance of the services.

Innovation Procurement of the Year

Recognising the outstanding innovation of the procurement and the public authority as a launch customer.


Municipality of Frederiksberg Denmark

Innovation partnership for decentralised cloudburst management

Frederiksberg needed to reduce the load on its existing drain network and used an innovation partnership to develop customised solutions for cloudburst management. The municipality held a market dialogue to inform interested market actors about the upcoming procurement and the Innovation Partnership process.

Two consortia developed useable products and solutions that the city can procure, with constant improvement built into the contract. Both solutions catch rainwater and release it when the sewers are ready. The underground basins also use the stored rainwater to water trees and green areas, reducing operation and maintenance including time, water, fuel for the trucks and CO2.



Sustainable innovation for a retro stadium

The City of Helsinki had to find an innovative solution when modernising the Olympic Stadium seats to be environmental, low maintenance and long lifetime, but also in line with the heritage laws for renovating the arena, built in 1938.

An innovation partnership, with partners chosen based on a prototype, development plan and a preliminary cost-estimate, enabled the city to evaluate the possible solutions more effectively. In a process that lasted nearly three years, the Procura+ participant Helsinki first entered into a dialogue with suppliers, selected innovation partners, assessed the innovations and finally procured a solution made from circular materials, with a 40 year lifetime and designed for easy recycling. The entire process allowed bidders the space to innovate and provide new and sustainable solutions not previously on the market.

Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT

Recognising the outstanding application of Procurement of Innovation and Pre-commercial procurement of ICT.



Open cloud data storage innovation through pre-commercial procurement

Ten public research organisations from seven European countries have joined forces in a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) to meet the demands of large scale scientific projects for big data storage and analysis tools. The consortium requires a service that is more adaptable to changing needs, provides a cloud-based system designed specifically for science and research, increases standardisation, benefits from economies of scale, and offers appropriate service payment models for research bodies using it. The result of the multi-stage PCP process was the pilot Helix Nebula Science Cloud. This cloud-based system makes it possible to host the service in new data centres with excellent power usage effectiveness. The services will be made accessible to a broader set of public research and higher education bodies, supporting future cutting edge research. 





Robotization and automation of library services

The City of Helsinki identified the need to automate the Oodi Library’s internal logistics, making the operation of physically demanding and monotonous tasks more efficient and freeing up library staff to dedicate themselves to more fulfilling jobs. No off-the-shelf product existed to meet these demands, so the City of Helsinki’s Culture and Leisure department launched an innovation partnership. The nature of the tender attracted many SMEs. The procured solution consists of three autonomous mobile robots and two collaborative industrial robotic arms, and background systems, components for machine vision and other hardware required. The system can replace and transport book bins, reshelve bestsellers, and transport shelves. It is in operation in public areas of the library, which makes it a unique automation solution. The procurement inspired companies specialising in library automation to come up with new solutions and opened up a new market for robotics.

Procurement Initiative of the Year

Recognising outstanding processes and actions towards strategic, sustainable and innovation procurement.



City-wide recycled concrete in buildings

In 2005 the City of Zurich made the construction of public buildings with recycled concrete mandatory. Since then, the average recycled material share in concrete has gone up without hampering the quality or safety of buildings. Since 2015, Procura+ participant Zurich has also required the use of CO2 reduced cement when procuring new buildings.

A ‘mock-up wall’ addressed the concerns of architects and other stakeholders regarding the aesthetic quality of recycled and CO2 reduced concrete. In some structures, as much as 98% of concrete used now comes from recycled sources.

Zürich has saved around 17,000m3 of virgin materials (and landfill space) through the use of recycled concrete in buildings alone. The city is now increasing recycled asphalt, with up to 30% recycled material used in new road foundations and 60% reclaimed asphalt in the road base.



Practical deployment of green purchasing among the Basque public sector

The Green Public Procurement Programme of the Basque Country 2020, established by the Basque Environmental Management Company IHOBE, has the objective to achieve a practical, operational and coordinated deployment, involving the main actors: public buyers, suppliers, end users and the agents creating guidance.

The Programme establishes five strategic lines to ensure its progress: development of technical content; integrating contracting procedures into tools; training for agents; coordination with the market; and communication, dissemination and networking.

Among the actions as part of the programme, Ihobe developed three levels of green criteria for inclusion in tenders, along with a checklist for suppliers, and a tool designed to serve as a guide for companies. Over 200 public entities have incorporated environmental criteria in tenders totalling €331m. By leading actively on green procurement, other variables such as social or gender equality can be included in purchases and policies too.

Nominees 2020

The Procura+ Awards entries have all been of great value and we were delighted to receive so many high quality applications. A little information on each nominee and their tender can be found below:


National framework contract for sustainable and innovative lighting

The Italian central purchasing body Consip launched a national framework contract for outdoor lighting services, which included an energy performance contract that commits suppliers to energy savings targets through innovative solutions. Bidders with promising levels of energy savings received discounts during the awarding procedure.

Consip divided the framework into twelve geographic lots, with one lot awarded. The energy savings the new contract achieved for this one lot amounts to 15,000 tonnes of CO2. The lots allow for smart city add-ons - such as air quality monitoring, electric vehicle charging points, and wi-fi access - to improve territories for citizen benefit. A relatively long contract duration period allowed contractors to hire more permanent staff and include the local community in the provision of the lighting services. 


Smart purchase of organic food

To meet its aim for 80% organic and locally produced food in schools and nursing homes, the Procura+ participant City of Växjö introduced an electronic procurement portal for use by all city staff.

Suppliers that provide organic food are highlighted on the system, encouraging procurers to choose the bio option. Växjö created lots and entered framework contracts with multiple suppliers for the same food category, which opens access to the contract and reduced pressure on smaller suppliers to provide the entire annual demand for a product group.

Växjö achieved 42% organic food, 23% locally produced food and 9% of both organic and local food in their public canteens in 2018. The city is also working with a consolidation centre to organise the distribution of food supplies efficiently, which led to 175 tonnes of CO2 savings in the same year.


Lozano Blesa University Clinical Hospital Spain

Smart laundry and clothing management and production service

University Clinic Hospital "Lozano Blesa" (HCLB) washes over 1.4m kg of laundry per year. Its previous facility was more than 25 years old and operating inefficiently, so HCLB launched a public procurement of innovation process (PPI) to purchase an intelligent laundry system.

A needs assessment showed that HCLB required complete technological industrialisation of both services, increase in capacity, improve ergonomics for worker health, energy reduction, and optimisation of distribution, storage and traceability of laundry. A three-year PPI process, which included preliminary market dialogue, has resulted in performance clauses requiring a minimum 20% reduction in chemical, water and energy consumption, as well as economic savings. A ‘progress clause’ ensures that equipment and digital technologies are kept up-to-date during the contract period.


Innovation partnership for a new wildfire detection system

Up-to-date information about wildfire risk is crucial for determining preparedness for the fire services and communicating to citizens. The Netherlands Institute for Safety and Netherlands Fire Service launched an innovation partnership to develop a solution for advanced detection of wildfire, which improves response times and reduces the risk of uncontrollable wildfire. Four companies signed up via the Dutch government's online tendering system, TenderNed.

After the second phase, two participants left were funded to develop a prototype, with the supplier offering the best solution now an innovation partner. The process resulted in a product that previously did not exist on the market, and will save CO2 through fewer fires and efficient distribution of fire service vehicles.


A new hail sensor for safe aviation

The National Meteorological Service (DWD) meets meteorological requirements for all areas of the economy and society in Germany, including the meteorological security of civil aviation, for which hail can pose a significant problem. During a market sounding process, the DWD realised there are no automated sensors available for hail. An innovation partnership ensured close cooperation with the selected bidder at every stage of product development. The result was a prototype for a new hail sensor that fulfilled DWD’s requirements. The procurement led to the development of a new and market ready hail sensor, improving the safety of German airspace due to more accurate hail reports. The sensor was later commercialised, partially off-setting development costs through royalties.



Joining forces to create a smart city platform

SELECT for Cities identified the need to develop joined-up smart city solutions so that the marketplace is interconnected, and different cities can use the same operating systems for user interfaces and applications. SELECT launched a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project to develop a data-driven, Internet of Everything (IoE) platform for large scale urban co-creation. The PCP consists of three phases: the concept design, where bidders show how they conceptualise the platform; the prototyping phase; and finally living lab pilots. The developed platform is open-source and can support innovative solutions across multiple cities by acting as an interface between different IoE service components and allowing automated testing and validation of services. The cities of Antwerp and Helsinki will be able to integrate the new platform and services into their already existing smart and participatory city plans.


Towards citywide zero-emission delivery of goods and services

After investigating the scale of the impact that delivery of goods and services has to the traffic volumes and emissions in the urban area, the City of Oslo developed guidance and environmental criteria to be used in procurements of all goods and services which involve an element of transportation in their delivery.

Oslo has applied the criteria and requirements in several citywide framework agreements, including services such as food and catering, locksmith, occupational health, cleaning, office supplies and charging stations for electric cars. Suppliers have won tenders based on their ability to use zero-emission vehicles and route optimisation solutions. For the first eight contracts applying the approach, estimated annual CO2 emissions reductions are 62 tonnes, with the figure rising to 494 tonnes CO2 if including deliveries to other customers with the same vehicles.


Making SPP easier for all through a web tool

The Dutch Government makes €73 billion of purchases annually and therefore has a significant impact environmentally and socially. Therefore the Dutch Minitsry of Infrastructure and Water Management Rijkswaterstaat wanted to create a web tool for easier application of sustainable public procurement criteria at an ambition level which fits the procuring authority. The tool allows a procurer to choose levels of criteria, from basic at Level 1, significant at Level 2, to ambitious at Level 3.

Since November 2018, almost 9,000 users performed 14,500 sessions, averaging 130 sessions per day, with popular groups including roads and construction, IT hardware, electricity and catering. Initial projections indicate that after two years, eight product groups from the 45 will show a reduction in greenhouse gas emission of more than 4.9 megatonnes CO2, equivalent to the average annual emissions from transport and energy of more than 600,000 households.


The Procura+ Awards 2019 also received entries from the following organisations

Digipolis - ICT for Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium

LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto, Portugal

Barcelona City Council, Spain

City of Söderhamm, Sweden 

Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority, HSY, Finland

Service Centre Helsinki, Finland

City of Ottignies, Belgium

Xunta de Galicia - Galician Innovation Agency, Spain

City of Torres Vedras, Portugal

Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, The Netherlands

Forum Virium Helsinki - FABOLUS Project

City of Haarlem, The Netherlands

The 2019 Procura+ Awards are supported by the Procure2Innovate project. 



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