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December 2014 / #1

Dear reader,

We are pleased to send you the first edition of the WaterPiPP e-newsletter today! The project kicked off at the beginning of this year and we are looking forward to sharing with you our progress over the next two years. 

Happy reading,

Your Water PiPP team
Coordination contact: g.nion@oieau.fr and f.touchais@oieau.fr

p.s. Also have a look at our brand-new website at www.waterpipp.eu !








1. Short introduction to the ‘Water PiPP project’

Launched on 1 January 2014, the Water Public Innovation Procurement Policies (Water PiPP) project is about exploring new innovation procurement methodologies and testing them in the water sector. The European water sector is a global leader both in services and technologies. However, the innovation potential in the water sector is blocked by a number of bottlenecks and barriers.

In this context, the Water PiPP project comes to explore how investments into research, development and innovation can be brought to market through innovative and pre-commercial procurement. Having as main objectives to mobilise the procurement power of public and private actors and bring together the demand and the supply sides, the Water PiPP project aims to speed up innovation and contribute to solving water related societal challenges, improving at the same time the competitiveness of the European water industry on the global market.

The Water PiPP project will last 3 years. The first phase of the project has been dedicated to gathering information to produce knowledge on the transferability of Innovation Oriented Public Procurement (IOPP) to the water sector, while the second phase will focus on pilot projects in which different IOPP approaches will be tested by public procurement authorities.

Do not miss the Water PiPP project’s new video! Click here to watch it!

2. Have you visited the Water PiPP website yet?

The Water PiPP website was launched earlier this year as an information hub designed to give background on the policy context, the objectives, activities, deliverables and the timeplan of the project; it also contains a glossary page. Moreover, information can be found about the project’s partners and management structure.

All public deliverables will be available under the section ‘Outputs’. The next one to be published in January 2015 will be the draft of the strategic paper on IOPP implementation. This strategy will identify pros and cons of innovative procurement practices in EU and some OECD countries, as well as good practices and bottlenecks. It will present a list of recommendations regarding procurement practices dealing with water innovation.

The WaterPiPP website also gives direct access to the discussion forum known as the WIP Group.

To visit the website, click here

3. Launch of our Liaison Committee

The Water PiPP Liaison Committee held its first meeting back-to-back with the EIP Water Conference 2014, on 6 November 2014 in Barcelona. Bringing together a wealth of expertise, the Liaison Committee is tasked with providing guidance and direction for the project, as well as supporting the dissemination of Water PiPP results.

The Liaison Committee consists of eight high-profile members all with considerable experience in the water sector. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the Liaison Committee members to the Water PiPP project and update them on project progress to date, as well as provide information on current and future activities.

The Liaison Committee will meet again at a Water PiPP workshop in Spring 2015 to discuss the project’s draft strategy and recommendations regarding IOPP in the water sector.

4. Water PiPP @ ICLEI's tenth EcoProcura conference

A so-called Market Lounge Table on the topic of 'Procurement of innovation in the water sector' was organised by ICLEI at the occasion of the tenth edition of the EcoProcura conferences which took place in Ghent, Belgium, from 24 to 26 September this year. 

Billed as the only European-wide forum on sustainable public procurement, EcoProcura gathered more than 300 experts and practitioners from all over the region. The conference, organised by ICLEI and the City of Ghent, featured presentations from high level experts with a particular focus on the importance of placing sustainable and innovation procurement at the heart of strategic decisions in order to maximise procurement practices in the future. 

You can read more about EcoProcura in Ghent here

5. Call for public authorities to pilot innovation procurement

The year 2015 will see us testing innovation-oriented procurement in practice. For this, Water PiPP will provide technical coaching to a number of public authorities that are interested in testing some of the project's tools and methods when preparing own procurement processes for innovative water services and technologies. 

If you would like to apply to become one of these pilot cases, please contact Ms Gaëlle Nion (g.nion@oieau.fr) for more details. 

While supporting the project's outcomes, your participation will allow you to benefit from the expertise and guidance of the Water PiPP partnership for a selected case of your procurement activities in the field of water that you intend to start preparing in the near future. 

6. Resource: PPI platform innovation procurement guide

Harnessing private sector innovation to solve public sector problems is at the heart of public procurement of innovation (PPI). To reduce the existing knowledge gap on PPI, the EU-funded Public Procurement of Innovation Platform project has launched a comprehensive guide.

Based on the latest EU procurement directives, the guide is ideal for all stakeholders involved in PPI, both those starting out and those looking to improve their current procurement activities. It offers explanations of procedures, definitions and answers to common questions, a selection of case studies, and useful resources for further reading. Particular emphasis is placed on ways in which procurement procedures can facilitate greater innovation. 

To download the guide, click here.

7. Meet Us, the partners involved in Water PiPP

The Water PiPP project is coordinated by Office International de l’Eau (OIEau). The project consortium brings together a wealth of experience and know-how from cities, public organisations, procurers, knowledge institutes and facilitators:

The Water PiPP project is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 619069. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the WaterPiPP project. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union which is not responsible for any use that maybe made of the information contained therein. 

The Water PiPP newsletter is produced by the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in collaboration with WssTP and the Office international de l'eau. Copyright 2013 ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH, Freiburg, Germany. All rights reserved.