What is Big Buyers?
The Big Buyers Collaboration Network for Strategic Procurement is a European Commission Initiative for promoting collaboration between big public buyers in implementing strategic public procurement for sustainable solutions. Public procurement can be a key tool in driving the development of innovative goods and services on the European market. By working together, and pooling their resources, cities, central purchasing bodies, and other major public procurers can maximise their market power and impact.
ICLEI, EUROCITIES and BME are currently running the network on behalf of the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The network aims to work together with existing networks and organisations active in this area. In two previous phases (between 2019 and 2022), the network has successfully piloted four working groups between 2019 and 2022. In the Spring of 2023, the network is entering its third phase, which will support public buyers through with ten established working groups, which are currently being defined.
News & Events
07 March 2023
Webinar on ''Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles for Waste Collection and Street Cleaning''
Save the date for the second of a cycle of webinars (organised by DG Grow) on the achievements of the Big Buyers project! How can public buyers drive the market through public procurement? This second event will focus on the Working Group that learnt how to procure ''Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles for Waste Collection and Street Cleaning''.
10 February 2023
Webinar on How to Procure a ''Zero Emission Construction Site''
DG GROW is organizing a series of webinars entitled ''Driving Markets through Public Procurement: the Big Buyers Project''. The first of these webinars, taking place on 28 February, will focus on the Working Group that learnt how to procure a ''Zero Emission Construction Site''...
20 January 2023
Big Buyers Initiative signs two key commitment documents
The Big Buyers for Climate and Environment Initiative, coordinated by ICLEI Europe and Eurocities on behalf of the European Commission, has joined forces to sign two key documents: The Joint Statement of Demand of the Working Group on Zero Emission Construction Sites and The Joint Declaration of Intent of the Working Group on Circular Construction. The initiative is inviting other organisations to join the growing list of signatories of these two documents...