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Observer Group meets big buyers in update webinar

17 November 2021


On 16 November, 14.00-16.00, Observer Group members and other interested parties had the chance to participate in a webinar for a deep dive into the latest activities carried out in the four Big Buyers working groups over the course of the year 2021.

Richard Brabers from the City of Rotterdam started with an overview of latest activities in the heavy-duty electric vehicles working group. He presented Rotterdam’s approach with the aim of a completely emission-free fleet by 2030.

The working group organized three joint market dialogues for an in-depth exchange on the suppliers’ market readiness and their current offers.

  • VDL Translift with waste collection systems including modular design and a large line of electric vehicles.
  • Scania offering up to 250 km range on a single charge and a tailored turnkey solution, covering services, long-term guidance and advice
  • Addax Motors with a technology for optimal driving comfort, remote monitoring and driver safety

The working group’s key lessons learned were the need for solutions for retrofitting existing HDV, the maintenance and guarantee of batteries and the necessity to define a power supply strategy.

Guro Wensaas from the City of Oslo presented the latest activities of the zero-emission construction sites working group. Current challenges were identified in limited availability of emission-free solutions for large construction machines (>2.5 tonnes), high prices and the multi-stakeholder approach and risk management being required, e.g. for securing stable power supply. The group is in particular looking forward to an in-person meeting on 30 November - 1 December. Here, the participants will see machines in action during a planned site visit, deep dive into power supply for a zero-emission construction site and jointly approach the market during a dialogue with various stakeholders including construction contractors, manufacturers and individual actors covering machine supply, construction works, and enabling technology.

Rudie de Vries from the City of Haarlem shared a latest update on the circular construction working group with a current focus on recycled asphalt. After various capacity building opportunities with external experts, the participants look forward to meeting in person for the first time in Rotterdam in March 2022 including a market dialogue with the recycling asphalt company KWS and a site visit.

Rafael Hirt, Sustainable Procurement Officer at ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability gave an overview for the digital healthcare working group. The participants had the opportunity to exchange and expend on their knowledge throughout a variety of events over the summer. Those included a consecutive webinar series on strategic procurement, an EIC matchmaking event on telemedicine and an introductory meeting to the European Innovation Council.

You missed the webinar? Listen to the recording or scroll through the speakers' slides below!

Introduction - by Simon Clement, ICLEI 

Heavy Duty Electric Vehicles Working Group Update - by Richard Brabers, City of Rotterdam

Zero-Emission Construction Sites Working Group Update - by Guro Bøe Wensaas, City of Oslo

Circular Construction Working Group Update - by Rudie de Vries, City of Haarlem

Digital Healthcare Working Group Update - by Rafael Hirt, ICLEI