The Bundesbeschaffungsgesellschaft BBG (Federal Procurement Agency FPA) is the central purchasing body for the Federal Government of Austria. It was established in 2001 by the Austrian Federal Government to provide central procurement services to federal agencies, in particular to negotiate framework contracts and make them available to the agencies. Its primary tasks are to bundle requirements to obtain better prices and terms from suppliers and to standardise public purchasing to reduce processing costs and legal risks.
The FPA is an internationally well regarded public procurement body with references on the topic of the project. Particularly in the field of administrative change and innovation, FPA can provide leading edge know-how. Within this project, FPA has the lead and coordinates the overall project. Through a long time experience within public procurement, the FPA contributes to the reduction of additional costs and risks of buying innovative solutions. Specializes teams within the FPA know which solutions are available on the market, and how to stimulate suppliers to implement innovative procurement strategies.
Hansel Ltd. is the central procurement unit of the Finnish Government. It is an expert organisation, which puts the products and services required by the public administration out to tender and maintains the related framework agreements. Through responsibly conducted operations, the company promotes high-quality procurement and the equitable treatment of suppliers in the tendering process. The operations of Hansel Ltd rely strongly on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. The company’s target is to generate savings by offering framework agreements, pre-approved through a tendering process, for Government procurement unit use for various products and services. In connection with its effort to develop responsible procurement, Hansel Ltd conducted a project in 2011 with the goal of identifying how innovation could be better used in framework agreement preparation.
As one of Austria‘s most important airports, the Airport Linz employs about 155 people who are responsible for maintaining an area of more than 383 hectares. As inherent to the nature of an airport, energy consumption is naturally high. Yet, the Blue Danube Airport Linz takes its responsibility towards the region and its performance capability and competitiveness in Europe particularly seriously. With this in mind, the Linz Airport management is working to ensure that the future development of the company not only secures economic success, but at the same time takes place in a manner which is compatible for the people and the environment. Airport Linz thus continuously seeks to improve its energy performance and to find innovative long term solutions that help reduce energy consumption.
The Austrian Ministry of Finance is the country's highest financial authority. The Ministry’s responsibilities stretch from budgetary planning and surveillance, economic policy and financial services to customs and taxation.
Divided into six directorates and with approximately 820 employees at the headquarters, the Ministry of Finance today is a modern service provider, continuously adapting its services to the needs and for the welfare of Austria‘s citizens. Moreover, the Ministry of Finance also seeks to provide its own employees with a working environment in which they can fulfil their tasks efficiently and motivated. To achieve this, the Ministry is trying to find innovative solutions for office spaces that are noise reduced and create a communicative atmosphere.
The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria's largest non-university research institute is among the European research institutes a specialist in the key infrastructure issues of the future. As an Ingenious Partner to industry and public institutions, AIT is already researching and developing the technologies, methods and tools of tomorrow, paving the way for the innovations of the day after tomorrow.
AIT is strategically positioned as a key player in the Austrian and European innovation system by performing applied research for and enabling the market exploitation of innovative infrastructure related solutions. As a national and international network node at the interface of science and industry, AIT enables innovation through its scientific-technological expertise, market experience, tight customer relationships and high quality research infrastructure. This functionality of “bridging the gap between research and technology commercialisation” is seen as a fundamental role for commercialisation of new technologies and strengthening economic development.