Equinox, the open source platform supporting green public procurement enters the EU Datathon 22 competition phase

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The Equinox platform is a versatile, cloud based, framework that
supports sustainable portfolio management activity using an entirely
modern and open source approach. This year we submitted a proposal under Challenge 2 of the EU Datathon 2022 (Theme: Transparency in Public Procurement) that aims to integrate procurement data with environmental impact data. We have just learned that we have been preselected to enter the formal stage of the competition and would love to hear from the community about tangible use cases, challenges or any other input as we develop equinox further

Project phase


What is the goal of the project?

We aim to combine Eurostat Environmentally Enhanced Input-Output data and GHG Protocol best practices and methodologies to attribute (where applicable and feasible) GHG emissions to procurement contracts. Starting with the basic attribution, procurement managers and other stakeholders can perform a range of ex-post and ex-ante analyses to understand the environmental footprint of procurement and better allocate economic resources.

What is the result of the project?

TED publishes 676 thousand procurement notices a year, including 258 thousand calls for tenders which are worth approximately €670 billion. It thus represents a material fraction of the EU economy and hence its corresponding environmental impact.

That impact is expressed (among others) through Greenhouse Gas Emissions , other pollution vectors, land-use changes and biodiversity loss. Understanding and using the procurement data trove offers an opportunity for diverse stakeholders (governments, local authorities, analysts, participants in public procurement) to build informed, data driven decision systems that can support the monumental and challenging green transition that is already underway.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

Equinox is developed by Open Risk (https://www.openriskmanagement.com/) as an open source project.

What is the next step?

We will continue building Equinox as a platform supporting Green Public Procurement using all relevant open data and look forward to reach the EU Datathon 2022 finals in October 2022!

Your feedback, ideas, use cases and contributions, whether technical or non-technical are welcome!

What can other cities learn from your project?

The scope of the project is (in principle) EU-wide and could be applied very widely but the procurement process has significant local / national characteristics that must be taken into account first.