Procurement of Eco-innovative Office Canteen Services

What is being procured?

INNOCAT partner Environment Park (EnviPark) is an innovation accelerator for businesses looking to use eco-efficient solutions to expand their markets. Working with lead buyer ARPA Piemonte, EnviPark carried out a joint audit and needs analysis focused on the contractual aspects, equipment and organisation of ARPA’s office catering service.

Lead buyer ARPA Piemonte employs around 300 workers, approximately 100 of whom eat meals in the staff canteen. As well as food, it is responsible for paying all of the energy and water costs associated with running the canteen. The organisation is interested in using eco-innovative processes to reduce these costs.

Two priority areas have been identified: waste reduction and energy saving through the procurement of more energy efficient catering equipment. These will provide both financial benefits and impact in terms of improved sustainability. A more thorough review is now underway to assess potential environmental impacts and gauge current customer satisfaction levels.

Next Steps

A Prior Information Notice was published on October 6 2015 in order to inform the market of this upcoming sustainable office catering tender. A Buyers Group will be brought together including other catering organisations and public authorities which share an interest in these areas.

Market engagement events have been planned for 2015 to better understand what the market can offer and provide suppliers with information on ARPA requirements. These meetings will feed into the process of defining the tender specifications, which EnviPark will be working on with ARPA´s procurement department. These tender specifications will be used as a basis for any future procurement activities.

The first market engagement event will take place in Turin on 11 February 2016. More information is available in the event programme (Italian).

In order to provide a clear overview of the eco-innovative aspects ARPA will look at in its future tender, a Market Sounding Prospectus has been published and is available in English and Italian.

Join the Buyers Group

If your organisation is also interested in joining this Buyers Group, please email innocat@iclei.org for more information.