Big Buyers Initiative

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  • cooperation
  • economy
  • environment
  • knowledge society
  • mobility
start date
30-04-2019
end date
31-10-2020

The Big Buyers Initiative, is a European Commission platform for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement. By working together cities and other public buyers can maximise their market power and impact, promoting the creation of new solutions more targeted to their needs.


The initiative presents a compelling opportunity to engage with other public entities across Europe and to shape new innovative solutions to your procurement needs.
ICLEI and EUROCITIES are currently running the initiative on behalf of the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The initiative aims to work together with existing networks and organisations active in this area.
 
After a consultation period, three working groups were established, looking at achieving European collaboration and joint market engagement. 

Electric vehicles

This group will specifically look at heavy-duty electric vehicles, including waste trucks and street cleaning equipment and thier charging infrastructure.
 
The first meeting took place on the 30 of October in Rotterdam.
The purpose of the meeting was to:
  • to understand in detail the current status of work on the topic from each participating organization, and clarify key challenges
  • to define the precise outcomes to be achieved collaboratively by the group by next April and a timeplan for this work.
Possible objectives of this working group: Potential joint procurement/ statements of demand of heavy-duty electric vehicles, in particular for waste collection/ street cleaning/ goods delivery; development of technical procurement criteria for both vehicles and charging infrastructure; shared market intelligence on latest developments, market engagement activities with suppliers.

Circular constructions

This group will look at developing criteria for promoting the use of circular construction materials in public procurement. A first meeting was organised on the 22 of October in Vienna.
The purpose of the meeting was:
  • to understand in detail the current status of work on the topic from each participating organization and to clarify key challenges
  • to define the precise outcomes to be achieved collaboratively by the group by next April and a timeplan for this work.

Zero emissions construction sites (ZEMCONS)

The cities of Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Budapest, Brussels Environment, Lisbon and Trondheim are setting joint demands for zero-emissions construction sites on an EU scale and aiming to increase the implementation rate of pilot procurement in this sector.
 
The group will:
  • Formulate a joint message to the market that buyers will demand zero- emission construction sites, with the first step being non-road mobile machinery
  • Build the capacity of cities to demand zero-emission construction sites through pilot procurements
  • Set specific demands though local and European level market dialogue, so that suppliers can meet the pilot procurement requirements
The group first met in Brussels on May 2019 to align ambitions and plan activities. A market dialogue event took place in Copenhagen in October 2019, bringing 90 buyers, suppliers and support organisations from across Europe together to discuss the topic. A workshop in Oslo on 28 and 29 November 2019 will follow up on the market dialogue and focus on developing criteria for pilot procurements. 
 

Official website: www.sustainable-procurement.org/big-buyers-initiative


EUROCITIES staff contact

Anja Katalin De Cunto
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Funding and financing coordinator