European project to stimulate procurement of innovative bio-based products and services kicks off

March 2015 saw the start of the three-year project InnProBio (full title: Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement). The project strives to explore the possibilities under the new European public procurement directive 2014/24/EU to support procurement of innovative bio-based products and services.

InnProBio aims to engage public procurement practitioners interested in bio-based products and services in a community of practice. The project will develop an elaborated and legally solid toolbox to inform about opportunities of the procurement of innovative bio-based products and services as well as to assist in drafting public tenders accordingly. It will conduct pilot capacity building and dialogue events with public procurers, decision makers, standardization bodies and business product suppliers from EU countries. Furthermore recommendations to public decision makers and standardization bodies to support the procurement of innovative bio-based products and services will be provided. The final goal of the project is to create cross-national buyers groups which collaboratively develop tenders aiming for bio-based products and services.

InnProBio has been granted support from the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. The three-year multidisciplinary project is coordinated by FNR, the Agency or Renewable Resources (Germany).  BTG Biomass Technology Group BV leads the central work package that focuses on the development of practical instruments, such as a legally solid toolbox, a handbook for practitioners, and an online decision support tool.

For more information about the project please contact: John Vos, senior consultant, tel. +31 (0)53 486 1191 or e-mail vos@btgworld.com.