A group of European partners launches InnProBio to help promote innovative bio-based products. InnProBio is a Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement and can now be found on the world-wide web at http://www.innprobio.eu.
With the public sector controlling around one fifth of European gross domestic product (GDP), public purchasers can significantly influence demand for and investment in bio-based products. Bio-based products can be “bio-based versions” of traditional products or novel products with entirely new and innovative functionalities and potential for new and existing markets.
The InnProBio website – the promoters say – will provide a wealth of information and tools for public procurers looking at purchasing innovative bio-based products (products that are wholly or partly derived from biomass) and services which employ their use. Through this communication channel, the InnProBio team aims to help bridge the policy and practice gap by providing procurement practitioners with tools and other resources to assist them in their day to day work.
One of InnProBio’s primary aims is to develop a community of procurers, decision-makers and suppliers interested in the procurement of bio-based products. A Group which specifically focuses on this topic is now also available on the Procurement Forum, a dedicated online networking space for procurement professionals. Procurers, decision-makers, suppliers and other experts will be able to share their thoughts through the Group and contribute to identifying barriers, needs and drivers to increase action in the area. A section on news and events featuring the latest information relevant for innovative bio-based procurement is also available on the InnProBio website, as is the option of signing up to receive the biannual newsletter.
Joint trainings, workshops and other networking activities will be held across Europe, with a focus on training those who are in a position to retrain others in their locality. All events will be also announced in the website or via Twitter, joining the conversation with the #InnProBio hashtag.
InnProBio is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project is coordinated by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), in partnership with the Biomass Technology Group (BTG), Dutch standardisation institute (Stichting Nederlands Normalisatie-Instituut, NEN), nova-Institute, the University of Hull (United Kingdom), the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre (PIANOo), the University of Lodz (Poland) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.