The average vending machines operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week, consuming 2,500 to 4,400 kWh of energy annually. With new technology, energy efficient vending machines can reduce the amount of energy used by 24 to 76% and the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere can be reduced significantly.
The University of Sheffield published the second INNOCAT tender in March 2015 to develop a vending solution that reduces carbon emissions and energy usage. Following a competitive dialogue with eleven suppliers, contract is expected to be awarded in Autumn 2016.
The results of this procurement process are available in the following INNOCAT project publication: Engaging the Market in Public Procurement - A Collection of Good Practice Cases> Download here