Public procurement for innovation
Innovations are the force that most has transformed our societies over longer periods of time and the most important basis for increased productivity.
•Public procurement is a very large part of our economy.
•Product specification is a serious obstacle to innovations being able to be the result of procurement.
•Functional specification (formulation of functional requirements) is a necessary condition for innovation. Functional specification is even the most important condition for innovations to be the result of public procurement.
•Product procurement should be transformed into functional procurement for the procurement to be able to promote innovations.
•Functional procurement can affect the speed of innovation processes, but also their direction. Procurement with a focus on sun instead of coal can, for example, mitigate the climate challenge.
•If you want to promote innovations through procurement, then functional specifications should be used as much as possible.