Procurement for Innovation

One of the game-changing services to be provided through Cleantech Innovations Geelong is procurement for innovation (also known as forward commitment procurement).

This innovative method stimulates market demand and supply through public procurement.  Using the substantial buying power of public sector procurement, this method is a way to move markets to more cleantech options.  Essentially, a public sector procurer establishes a forward commitment to procure a product to respond to a need, which is not yet available on the market. 

The forward commitment can be up to 3 years in the future.  By making this commitment, suppliers on the market are assured that if investment in research and development of a response to an unmet need is undertaken, there is a commitment to procure when the public sector buyer goes to tender.

In the United Kingdom (UK), Her Majesty’s Prison Service was spending substantial portions of its annual budget on managing the waste generated from routine mattress replacement.  Therefore, a forward commitment was made to procure zero waste mattresses from the market; an innovation which was not already available on the market. 

This forward commitment had a three year deadline.  This gave the market the time to research and develop the manufacture of a zero waste mattress which, when HM Prison Service went to tender, the market was able to respond; and a zero waste to landfill mattress is now being procured under contract.

We are using our procurement processes to establish an innovative solution for use in recreational spaces -  zero maintenance recreational bridges with a 100+ year design life.  We own and manage over 160 bridges, many of these are timber, concrete  and steel pedestrian bridges which are in various conditions and present an ongoing maintenance liability.

The eight suppliers who have expressed an interest in this procurement exercise have been supported by Cleantech Innovations Geelong to research and develop a solution to the unmet need identified.  Links are also being made with Geelong based engineers, designers and manufacturers to stimulate economic growth through this procurement exercise.  

Tender information...

The tender will be released in May 2017 for the first bridge installation during the 2017-2018 financial year.  

The tender will be released through our Tender page and TenderLink.

Page last updated: Thursday, 29 June 2017