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Water Public Innovative Procurement Policies

Final Report Summary - WATERPIPP (Water Public Innovative Procurement Policies)

Executive Summary:
Public procurement represents around 19% of the EU’s GDP, an important lead market for innovators in particular in the water and climate change sectors. Innovation procurement of products and services can be used to:
- Deliver societal objectives requiring new solutions that are not available on the market or are too expensive,
- Solve problems related to the commercialization of innovative solution,
- Improve quality and efficiency of public services with a better value for money.
When talking about the procurement of innovative solutions in the water sector, three general ideas are commonly pointed out. The WaterPiPP project was designed to find solutions to:
- Scattered responsibilities and lack of expertise in procurement,
- Regulations leading to risk adverse tendencies,
- Lack of incentives for technology providers.
Indeed, procurement of innovative water-related services and technologies is often underexploited in the public sector due to fragmentation. The core of the WaterPIPP project is to help to change this. Evidences that innovative ways to access latest water-related services and technologies are feasible and effective, are provided. The complementarity of the consortium partners (public organizations, procurers, knowledge institutes and facilitators) supported by a Liaison Committee (composed of the key actors of the procurement innovation chain), was designed for bringing together the Demand and the Supply sides.

Project Context and Objectives:
The WaterPiPP approach was designed in order to reach the following objectives:
- Gather together experts and practitioners in the area of water-related public procurement to facilitate exchange of knowledge;
- Act as an information hub providing the latest and most relevant information about the procurement of innovative products and services in the water sector (but also in other sectors if relevant, such as health);
- Create a community of practitioners who can openly discuss the procurement of innovative products and services in the water sector.
The project tested new approaches to stimulate the uptake of innovation in the water sector. To do that, the procurement power was mobilized, building practical and effective innovative procurement strategies, testing them and disseminating the outcomes for a larger scale adoption.
It contributed to unlock investments and deliver the solutions needed by the public sector to face water challenges. The process is also contributing to speed-up the development and the deployment of innovative solutions creating at the same time market opportunities for water innovation solutions.

Project Results:
In March 2015, 15 recommendations were adapted and all were validated by the WaterPiPP consortium partners as well as the additional experts attending the workshop. Based on these practical and strategic recommandations, EIP Water and the project consortium started their joint propostion in Fall 2015 and onwards. The WaterPiPP project enlarged its network by inviting more participants to the project’s capacity building activities and mores candidates to the accompanying measures of coaching and training.
The capacity building activities are contributing to precise the learning objectives, contents, subject matter content & analysis in the field of IOPP. They are addressing specific or new topics such as innovation partnerships, for instance. Four languages webinars were recorded, based on the eLearning materials.These materials are easily accessible from the public website after the end of the project. The contents of the capacity building materials were also transformed into two MOOCs (SP and FR). The project elaborated a user friendly toolbox video (ENG).
The accompanying measures of coaching and training were implemented through several meetings with experts and the following selected candidates :
1. Viveraqua, Veneto Region, Italy : The TLC network for the Integrated Water Service.
2. Acquedotto Pugliese, Puglia Region, Italy : Adaptive Water Management platform.
3. CAP Holding, Italy : Innovative solution for WWTP sludge valorisation.
4. Helsinki Region Environmental Services HSY, Finland : Decision support tool for investment pre-planning and capacity management.
The accompanying measures of coaching and training enable stakeholder community knowledgeable about innovative procurement and determine the public procurer more confident in undertaking PCP&PPI initiatives. It also contributed to identify, select, prioritize and prepare (potential) viable procurements, corresponding to real (common) challenges and needs in water sector, giving support and related training to the pilot procurers and mutualising on good practices available in other sectors.
Starting from the need proposed by one of the case pilot, OIEau and a large consortium of partners submitted a proposal to the H2020 open call H2020-ICT-2016-1. The project PCP for Water Smart Metering was approved under the grant agreement No 731996 (Smart.met) for a duration of 48 months (started January 2017).
The final conference brought together 76 public procurers working in local authorities and public water operators from various European countries, mainly from Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, along with representatives of the private water sector.

Potential Impact:
The expected outputs and outcomes of the WaterPiPP project are:
- To define the state of the art of innovative procurement practices and potential adaptation to the water sector, including the definition of a methodology.
- To test the potential of innovation procurement to speed up innovation and market uptake of R, D&I results.
- To help public authorities to procure innovation when facing the challenge of the sustainable management of water resources.
- To explore potential synergies for the aggregation of public and private demand for innovative solutions in the water sector.
- To help groups of public authorities and relevant private procurers to progress in creating and collectively implement procurement strategies (Capacity Building and awareness raising on tools and testing phases of PCP and PPI).
- To create a collaborative platform of stakeholders and procurers for mutual learning and debate mid to long term needs requiring R&D&I of new technological solutions with potential role for PCP and PPI.
- To perform a collaborative preparatory phase for the pilots (PCP and PPI).

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