The Waste Infrastructure Procurement Programme won the ‘Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year’ award in the Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement annual awards.
The programme, which is the first of its kind in the UK, supports local authorities to establish affordable, sustainable waste infrastructure in Wales. The £750 million programme, which is delivered through partnerships between the public and private sector, will reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill and produce enough renewable energy to power up to 11% of Welsh homes.
Collaboration between 21 of Wales’s local authorities has led to significant savings through reduced fees as a result of better bargaining power. The innovative programme has attracted significant investment, secured competitive pricing and achieved financial savings to date of over £30 million, which are expected to rise year on year.
The Welsh Government was the only part of the UK Civil Service to win an award, beating finalists from across central and local government in sectors ranging from transport and highways to waste and education.
The judges, comprised of experts in UK procurement and public sector finance delivery, commented that the programme was in a different league in terms of delivery scale and value for money, while also highlighting its innovative approach to leverage the best of public and private sector expertise.
The Welsh Government’s Permanent Secretary, Derek Jones CB, said,
“The Waste Infrastructure Procurement Programme team is leading the way for strategic joint working across the public service in Wales.
“This innovative and exciting work can provide a blueprint for the future, not just for waste management, but in other areas as well. Ministers and other public service partners are increasingly referring to the approach demonstrated by this programme as the way forward for joint working in Wales.
“This award is well-deserved recognition of progress and achievement for our procurement activity, especially given the level of competition from across the UK. Winning this award is a great commendation for all involved.”