Procurement Leaders Envisioning the Future of Innovation Procurement

A seamless integration of innovation procurement into intricate challenges faced by municipalities, such as the energy transition, circularity, climate change, and sustainability. That is a common aspiration shared by procurement leaders interviewed by the PROCEDIN project. Their key message lies in the alignment of public procurement of innovation with broader sustainability goals while streamlining processes for widespread and consistent adoption. Additionally, concerns about supplier readiness to meet future needs and engage in innovation procurement processes are acknowledged.

Present and future needs of public procurement of innovation (POI)

1.Integration of POI with Sustainability

Different cases considered in the PROCEDIN whitepaper univocally focus their work on strengthening POI adoption to shape resilient and sustainable cities. Its integration can be beneficial for many outcomes, including being a facilitator for complex issues (energy and climate), or a support for political ambitions (sustainability and circularity). But it can also create opportunities for SMEs to provide their innovative services to citizens.

2.Routinizing POI: Essential for Scaling Up

Routinizing POI processes is identified as a critical step for scaling up. The aim is to make innovative practices a routine part of procurement, ensuring higher levels of compliance and adoption.

3.Supplier Readiness: Bridging the Gap

The question of supplier readiness emerges as a significant consideration for the future of POI. Leaders emphasize the importance of market engagement and transparent communication to bridge the gap and encourage participation from a diverse range of innovative suppliers.

By enhancing the adoption of POI, we can ensure to build more resilient and sustainable cities. It is nevertheless important to get all the stakeholders on the same train, ensuring a higher level of compliance and a more efficient engagement with the market.

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