Big Buyers for Climate and Environment

WHY GET INVOLVED?

Big Buyers is designed to help drive market demand for innovative and sustainable products and services in Europe.

We establish working groups, which focus on a specific unmet public procurement need.  The groups meet regularly, both online and in person, and consist of a small number of public purchasing organisations, such as local and regional governments, central purchasing bodies, and other public agencies.

Through participating in these groups, participants benefit from a number of joint activities.

ACTIVITIES

Exchange of best practice with peers from across the EU

Carry out joint market engagement and share market intelligence

Find out about the latest guidance and technical developments
Joint development of procurement criteria and strategies

Full reimbursement of travel costs for all physical meetings and technical visits

Our Working Groups

Four new Working Groups were launched in April 2021:

These groups will operate until autumn 2022.

Participation in these groups is now fixed – however, regular updates on the activities and results of the groups, together with opportunities for collaboration will be shared with participants of the Big Buyers Observer Group.

Three Working Groups were created during the first phase (2018-2020). Find out about their lessons learned and more:

 

Lead

Lead, steering and implementing

  • Steer the group activities, propose new activities, speakers, actions, etc.
  • Participate in all the activities
  • Is expected to deliver concrete outcome (e.g. joint statement of demand, development of procurement criteria, joint market consultation) in the lifetime of the project
     

Roles

Buyer

Implementing pilot projects and procurement contracts

  • Participate in defining group activities
  • Participate in all the activities
  • Is expected to deliver concrete outcome (e.g. joint statement of demand, development of procurement criteria, joint market consultation) in the lifetime of the project

 

Follower

Learning and contributing

  • Participate in defining group activities
  • Participate in all the activities
  • Is not expected to deliver concrete procurement outcomes in the framework of the BBCE project, but mainly to learn and contribute.   

 

 

Expert

Support public entities in delivering procurement elements such as technical specifications
 

 

Observer

Group of entities not directly involved in a group

Regular communication keeps the Observer Group up-to-date on the activities of the Big Buyers

Interviews with Big Buyers