Innovation in Public Procurement

Description / Objectives

To widen the impact of social and environmental policies through public procurement.

Europe is promoting strategic public procurement, combining efficient public spending with the promotion of common social objectives. With this in mind, in 2017 Barcelona City Council approved a decree to boost sustainable public procurement, a circular local economy and the economic activity of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The council has an annual procurement volume of 600 million euros on goods and services (almost a quarter of the municipal budget), which is why changing public procurement means a huge cultural change. It is about making purchases with public money more responsibly, with innovative sustainable solutions, and not just shopping using economic market criteria.


How do we go about sustainable procurement?

Firstly, we need to detect current and future needs. Advice services and professionals with up-to-date knowledge of the market are involved in this process. Procurement cannot end when the contract is signed, but a monitoring and control system must instead be established during execution, complete with an evaluation of results.

There are many benefits to working in this way: for citizens, goods or services that were previously not available on the market may be incorporated; for industry, businesses and SMEs are given greater opportunities and internationalisation is promoted; and for the City Council it promotes a cultural change and ethical practices. Barcelona has prepared a guide to making the most of innovative public procurement.

Some experiences:

  • Diagonal road renovation works: they innovate with the pavement using cobblestones, a unique and characteristic piece of Barcelona for the past one hundred years.
  • Barcelona Open Challenge: international invitation to tender for companies to propose innovative solutions to city challenges. Aiming to transform specific spaces and public services across the city.
  • Purchasing vehicles for the Guàrdia Urbana: Barcelona City Council has bought 45 diesel vehicles, with 1.6 TDI displacement and 103.5 HP of power, for city patrol services and duties. The new cars are equipped with acoustic systems, GPS, computers and other elements that facilitate the officers' work.


Check the innovative public procurement diagnosis (Spanish version):



Misty II the social robot becomes part of the lives of twenty senior citizens

Mon, 27/01/2020 - 18:20

Senior citizens. The pilot project is designed to improve care for people over 65 who live alone, as well as carers.


Technology projects to improve quality of life for the elderly

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 13:45

Technology. A personal robot and an electronic device for external interaction win the 5G award.

Indústries creatives, nou motor econòmic

Creative industries generate jobs and attract talent to Barcelona

Mon, 13/01/2020 - 17:17

Business. The sector has created 43,000 jobs in six years, accounting for 13% of employment in the city.

The second Hypatia European Science Prize begins

Thu, 02/01/2020 - 16:51

Science. The prize includes €30,000 in funding, which this year will go to researchers in the field of life and health sciences.


Taller 'Blockchain: l'internet de valor'

From 23/01/2020 to 19/03/2020
Centre Cívic Casa Orlandai
C Jaume Piquet 23 (Sarrià-Sant Gervasi)

Exposició 'Opennes:Societat oberta'

From 13/01/2020 to 05/02/2020
Centre Cívic Casa Orlandai
C Jaume Piquet 23 (Sarrià-Sant Gervasi)

Portes obertes 'Meetups'

Punt Multimèdia de Sants - Montjuïc Casa del Mig
C Muntadas 1 (Sants-Montjuïc)
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