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Preparing a Pre-Commercial Procurement for end-user services based on environmental observation in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation - PROTECT

Project description

Unlocking the climate service potential

Many European cities and regions are willing to speed up adaptation and mitigation to climate change. Now they can do so through the procurement of climate services and with the help of Earth-observation data. The EU-funded PROTECT project will help decision makers achieve their climate policies and actions. It aims at leveraging innovation procurement to unlock the climate service market’s potential. The initial focus will be on utilities, green cities, health, land use, marine environment and security. Eventually, PROTECT will provide decision makers at EU, national, regional and local levels, with practical recommendations and guidelines for climate action.


PROTECT aims at levering innovation procurement to unlock the climate service (CS) market’s potential to support urgent climate adaptation and mitigation. The project will allow public and private organisations to build up and integrate their knowledge and skills about climate change, environmental observation (EO) and innovation procurement, notably enabling public authorities to shift to a proactive governance model, using innovative public procurement approaches to increase value and climate impact for money. It shall increase access of CS SME providers across Europe to public procurement markets and shape solutions that best address public demand, both specific and systemic. The initial focus will be on five encompassing application domains (Utilities, Green cities, Health, Land use & Marine environment, Security) and their contributions to the areas of sustainability in Horizon Europe’s Cluster 6. The project will source and assess existing and high-potential CS solutions and technologies that use EO data. It will engage with an extensive and varied community of procurers, inform the definition and aggregation of their needs and functional requirements for CS, explaining, fostering and supporting a ‘buying with impact’ approach. Clearer, less fragmented demand shall guide and support R&D for future CS. PROTECT will prepare the operational ground for one or more joint, cross-border or coordinated pre-commercial procurement (PCP) processes and identify short-term actions so that Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) can be activated towards or right after the project’s end. At policy level, it will provide decision-makers for procurement, climate and policy, at EU, national, regional and local levels, with practical recommendations and guidelines to boost the use of innovation procurement for climate action.


Net EU contribution
€ 408 062,50
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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

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