Category: Innovation


Sustainable effort, with heavy vehicles in focus, is an important symbol for a new kind of rescue service and social hero. The goal in the project is to define a common description of a heavy vehicle without getting caught up in technical specifications. At the same time, the ambition is that the description should include more rescue services than those participating in the project group. The focus is on sustainability issues: environmentally, economically and ergonomically sustainable, of which the third least decisive.

Rhetikfabriken takes part as expert in public procurement of innovation and public-private partnership.

Future City Water

The water sector is facing major changes when digitization makes its entry in rapid pace. Future City Water focus on our most important resource – the drinking water.

In the future, we will have access to a smart drinking water pipeline network with safe delivery of high-quality drinking water. The network is automatically controlled for optimizing resource use, as well as minimizing leakage. End users can actively influence the delivery and cost of their water consumption. The drinking water pipeline network is fully integrated into the smart city and enables the development of new services to infrastructure owners and end users.

In the project, we take important steps in the development of the smart drinking water pipeline network by developing the sensor use and developing software that can be used for new and extensive data management. When Future City Water develops the measurement points together with software and algorithms, detailed forecasting and unique new functions and services are made possible.

Vera Park, Strategic advisor

Vera Park is a former municipality owned waste management facility that is transformed into a center for circular economy in Europe. The landfill and waste management infrastructure is now an open arena for innovation and sustainable development.

After developing an innovative business model, Rhetikfabriken now function as a strategic advisor. (

Innovationsupphandling Syd

Public sector face major challenges in the future. Increased innovativeness is seen as a necessity for public organizations to meet the challenges. By public demand for innovation in the form of public procurement of innovation (PPI), businesses are encouraged to develop new services that better meet the needs for innovation in the public sector. PPI is therefore considered to have great potential to modernize the public sector while stimulating innovation in both the public and the private sector.

Despite the great potential the share of PPI of the total number of procurements increase slowly. A great obstacle is that it is perceived as cumbersome and resource-intensive, which prevents smaller municipalities with limited resources.

Project partners Ystad, Trelleborg & Skurup are facing similar challenges in, school, digitalization and circular economy, which requires new innovative solutions to meet residents’ expectations. The municipalities therefore need to develop methods to stimulate innovation.

The overall objective of the project is that small and medium-sized municipalities in southern Scania merge and develop a resource efficient and innovative model for working with PPI that is adjusted to local conditions, so that also mutual learning and synergies can be achieved through collaboration. The model is being tested in two PPI´s conducted by participating municipalities. If the test results are positive, there is a great potential both to integrate the model into a municipal innovation strategy and to spread it to other public procurers.

Rhetikfabriken act as over all project manager

Testbed RECO LAB, Sweden

RECO LAB (Recovery Lab Sweden) will be a physical and virtual environment where academia, private and public sector can jointly test and develop new technologies and services within water and waste. The testbed will be integrated in the urban renewal project H + in Helsingborg. The physical environment is created in direct connection to an ultra-modern waste and water treatment plant. RECO LAB will offer the opportunity for R&D in the entire chain from laboratory tests to communication and behavioral studies with end users.

The testbed will support the emergence of a culture of innovation of high international standard that can help businesses develop and provide sustainable waste and water services which create environmental and social benefits.

Future City Flow

Urbanization challenge the way we manage water. Floods and discharge of waste water is a danger to people and the environment. A sustainable city controls the flows.

The project Future City Flow, co-financed by VINNOVA, will develop a decision support system so that the sustainable city can control water flows and avoid flooding and releasing of untreated sewage water into the environment.

The project is one of few that has been financed in all three steps in the Vinnova call “Challenge-Driven Innovation”. The implementation phase will be conducted 2019-2021 and has a total budget of 31 MSEK.

Ongoing market dialogue for better procurement of waste collection

SAMSA has a long term strategy to develop procurement skills and thus stimulate development. Therefore, SAMSA, among other things, initiated an industry association for better procurement of waste collection. A first kick-off meeting was held in Malmö in autumn 2013. The association meet two times a year.

In the meetings, participants discuss general procurement issues and exchange experiences, thus increasing understanding of one another’s activities. The aim is to learn from each other, share best practices, create understanding and increase trust between buyers and suppliers. By seeing things from a common branch perspective, small changes can lead to big profits.

Rhetikfabriken initiated the meetings and led them between 2013 and 2017.

Cluster Initiatives

A pilot study on municipal waste operations as a possible basis for cluster initiatives and engines for regional development. The study was financed by NSR AB and Avfall Sverige, a Swedish waste management and recycling association with over 400 members.

Blackwater & Food Waste Challenge

Blackwater & Food Waste Challenge is an innovation competition to create future systems for the recycling of toilet water and food waste in Helsingborg’s new neighborhood Oceanhamnen. The competition is arranged by the City of Helsingborg, together with the water and sewage company NSVA and the waste management company NSR.

Innovation Procurement of Reuse System

With support from the Swedish innovation agency, VINNOVA, SAMSA is conducting an innovation procurement, where we are looking for a solution that can take us higher up the waste ladder. This is one of the first innovation procurements in Sweden to be implemented as what is known as a pre-commercial procurement. This means a procurement of research and development projects which takes place outside the traditional rules governing public procurement.