INNOCAT sought to bring together a group of public and private buyers to publish a series of tenders for eco-innovative catering products, services and solutions. The aim was to help encourage eco-innovation in the catering sector by providing a sizeable launch market for new solutions.

INNOCAT addressed environmental and social improvements in a range of fields, including:

  • Transport
  • Waste re-use and recycling
  • Bio-based products
  • Energy-efficient equipment

The partnership resulted in the formation of several buyers groups each led by a different type of organisation: a local government, a central purchasing organisation in the healthcare sector, a major international company, a university, and an environmental business park. Purchasing sectors included:

  • School catering services
  • Vending machines
  • Bio-waste disposal systems
  • Health and welfare catering services

The project also aimed to disseminate project results as broadly as possible and to promote an active experience exchange between buyers interested in eco-innovative catering. An online discussion forum was also created to facilitate this exchange.

INNOCAT began in March 2013 and ended in October 2016. It was supported by the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

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