Big Buyers for Climate and Environment is a European Commission Initiative for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement for sustainable solutions. Public procurement can be a key tool in driving the development of innovative goods and services on the European market. By working together, and pooling their resources, cities, central purchasing bodies, and other major public procurers can maximise their market power and impact.
We establish working groups, which focus on a specific unmet public procurement need. The groups meet regularly, both online and in-person, and consist of a small number of public purchasing organisations, such as local and regional governments, central purchasing bodies, and other public agencies.
Through participating in these groups, participants benefit from a number of joint activities:
Exchange of best practice with peers from across the EU
Carry out joint market engagement and share market intelligence
Find out about the latest guidance and technical developments
Joint development of procurement criteria and strategies
Full reimbursement of travel costs for all physical meetings and technical visits
We are now embarking on the next phase of the Big Buyers, following the successful piloting of three working groups between 2019 and 2020.
In this second phase we will focus on:
Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles - focusing on vehicles for waste collection, street cleaning & maintenance, and their recharging infrastructure
Zero Emission Construction Sites - focusing on the use of emission-free construction machinery
Circular construction - focus still to be precisely determined. Topics under consideration include circular road construction, using recycled products in construction and renovation, low carbon concrete and the use of plastics in construction)
Healthcare - focus on digital healthcare, with the focus still to be more precisely determined. Topics under consideration include better data collection/analysis, integrated patient flow management systems, remote patient monitoring
The secretariat will facilitate the collaboration and, should it be possible, also provide reimbursement for travel and accommodation of in-person meetings.
Interested in joining? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, check www.bigbuyers.eu