There is a strong need for public sector innovation in the EU and its member states due to societal challenges of climate change, an ageing population in Europe, the future of the young, social exclusion and the safety of future technologies. Hence the European Commission, member states and industry have introduced what is called The Lead Market initiative to lower barriers to bring new products or services onto the market in six key sectors: eHealth, sustainable construction, protective textiles, bio-based products, recycling, renewable energies. The policy instruments are divided across regulation, public procurement, standardisation, and supporting activities.
In this project – InnoBuild (Public Procurement Innovations and Sustainable Building Systems) – three of these targeted challenges will be dealt with directly:
The overall objective of the InnoBuild project is to contribute to a better political development of public procurement procedures across the Internal Market of the EU by introducing sustainable building solutions regarding use of renewable materials and energy, and the method for purchasing the wanted solutions at budget costs. Hence, when outlining the activities of the InnoBuild project, notice should also be paid to the second order procurement needs and potentially available solutions, such as: