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9 March 2015  

Sheffield University releases tender for low-carbon vending machines

The University of Sheffield has joined forces with the INNOCAT project to issue a tender for low-carbon vending machine services. Through the tender, which is the second published within the INNOCAT project, the British university hopes to develop a solution that reduces carbon emissions and energy usage. In March 2014, the University published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union.

For potential suppliers, the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) stage is now online. The deadline for return of PQQ's is Monday 23rd March 2015 at 13.00 CET. The university is using a competitive dialogue approach to the procurement, meaning that suppliers are provided with the outcomes that the tenderer would like, and the company must supply the details of how this can be achieved.

Bidders are encouraged to propose innovative methods of reaching the desired outcomes. Sheffield University will also take steps to ensure that they support the market in creating an innovative solution, such as agreeing to a ‘forward commitment’ to stimulate and facilitate investment in innovation in goods and services for a further three years. This is the second tender published under the project, which is helping to promote eco-innovative catering services.

For more information, visit the Sheffield University website.