Innovation in Public Procurement
Description / Objectives
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.
- 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):