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27 October 2016

Danish municipality applies innovative financing method for energy renovation

As part of its broader strategy to reduce CO2, the Danish municipality of Holbaek has developed a new system to finance the energy renovation of buildings. The system, designed in cooperation with energy utility SEAS-NVE, involves more significant renovation actions that generally have a longer payback period in terms of cost-savings generated. Longer-term payback actions are paired with short-term payback actions to ensure that on average the payback period is economically feasible.

Named the BVE-model, it involves a systemic assessment of the building, including a financial evaluation. The project is then undertaken based on energy loans. Through the model, buildings with particularly high energy consumption per m2 are identified.

Municipalities can obtain energy loans once a year. The loan has an advantageous interest rate and maturity of a maximum of 25 years. Factors such as investment, technical life time and saving potentials are evaluated through the model. By taking a holistic approach and identifying actions profitable in the short-term, longer-term actions can be implemented.

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26 October 2016

Municipalities encouraged to change street lights to reduce costs

Cities across Europe are being encouraged to use energy performance contracting (EPC) to install more efficient street-lighting, using the money saved through lower electricity bills to fund the conversion costs. Old street lighting systems account for between 30 - 50 percent of municipalities' total energy consumption, but new lighting technology can achieve energy savings of between 30 - 70 percent.

EU legislation reflects the potential for energy savings to be achieved through the conversion of lighting infrastructure, mandating that currently used lamps are phased out by 2017. LED technology offers greater efficiency and quality, with relatively short payback periods in terms of EPC.

The project “Streetlight – EPC” is working with municipalities in nine European regions to use EPC to install greener street lighting. Regional EPC facilitation helpdesks have been set up in each of the project regions, providing one-on-one support to both municipalities and SMEs. The project aims to implement 36 EPC projects, triggering €49 million in investments and achieving annual savings of 32,100 MWh and €4.8 million.

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20 October 2016

PPI4Waste report aims to define common needs of public buyers

A new report produced by the EU-funded PPI4Waste project identifies and defines common public buyer needs in the field of municipal waste management. Titled “Agreeing on common needs”, the document has been written based on the consortium’s knowledge and experience in waste and public procurement, and includes lessons learnt from projects including Ecopol, Wastecosmart, Probis and INNOCAT.

The report methodology focused on the identification of needs expressed by contracting authorities in different countries, regions and cities, with the aim to come to an agreement on common requirements. The identified needs can be considered core needs of contracting authorities. The document places a particular emphasis on situations requiring the implementation of collaborative public procurement initiatives.

By using the report, public authorities can better understand their situation and the challenges inherent to municipal waste management. Indications are given on how to analyse, prioritise and agree on needs, taking into consideration the circular economy approach.

To view the report, visit the PPI4Waste project website.


19 October 2016

French companies establish innovative partnership to build better trains

France's national railway company SNCF has come together with French rail transport company Alstom to form an innovation partnership that will see teams from both companies work together to design and produce the new generation of TGV trains. The partnership will focus on developing new technologies and industrial strategies to ensure higher speed trains with reduced operating costs.

The new TGV trains are expected to be more environmentally friendly than those currently in operation, with a reduction in energy consumption of at least 25 percent. They will also offer greater quality in terms of service, comfort and connectivity.

The project team will collaborate with other professionals in France, including engineering and design schools. The new trains will enter into commercial service in 2022 following a detailed design, industrialisation and approval process. Around 4,000 jobs are expected to be generated for the French rail sector as a result of the project.

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17 October 2016

Procura+ Seminar focuses on collaboration in SPP

The Procura+ Seminar gathered over 100 procurement practitioners and policy makers in Rome last week to discuss how sustainable public procurement and innovation procurement can be used to meet strategic objectives in a cost effective way.

Vito Consoli, Director of the Regional Directorate for Environment and Natural Systems of the Lazio Region of Italy, introduced the event. He said, “Sustainable procurement helps transform markets. By working together in sustainable procurement networks, we can engage with suppliers in a coordinated way and create a significant demand for sustainable products and services." Attendees called on city and regional governments across Europe to share ideas and collaborate on sustainable and innovation procurement.

The event also saw the launch of the 3rd edition of the Procura+ Manual. This tailored guide to cost-effective sustainable public procurement includes the latest information on implementing the new procurement directives, addressing advanced sustainability aspects and introducing innovation into procurement processes.

For more information, read the press release.


13 October 2016

Registration open for final Water PiPP event

The final event of the Water PiPP project "Empowering Public Procurement for Innovation in the EU Water Sector" will take place in Zaragoza (Spain) from 9 - 10 November 2016. Registration for the free event is available online. The two-day conference will see lively debate about public innovation procurement approaches in the public water sector as a means to solve local water challenges.

Participants will have the chance to learn more about the demand for private sector products and services by the public domain. Procurers from the public water sector and suppliers from the business world are invited to explore innovation procurement from the angle of procurement practice, water sector policy and business opportunities.

The conference will be in English with Spanish interpretation available. The EU-funded Water PiPP project aims to stimulate demand for sustainable water solutions through innovative and pre-commercial procurement. Around 80 people are expected to attend the event.

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11 October 2016

Progress made by PROBIS project detailed in latest newsletter

The fourth edition of the EU-funded PROBIS project newsletter is now available to read online. This edition outlines Horizon 2020 funding opportunities to promote innovation in the public sector, the release of public procurement of innovation (PPI) tenders in Treviglio (Italy), and ways to increase energy efficiency in the construction of public buildings.

The tenders released in Treviglio, the first of the PROBIS project, aim to use innovative solutions to achieve greater energy efficiency in buildings. Another newsletter article reports on a training session held in Andalusia, focused on the acquisition of innovation products and services in the construction sector. The newsletter also provides details on joining the PROBIS buyers' group.

The PROBIS project aims to use public procurement of innovation as a means to increase energy efficiency and the sustainability of urban building stock. To subscribe to future editions of the newsletter, visit the PROBIS website.

To view the newsletter, click here [PDF].


6 October 2016

Enzkreis procures innovative energy efficiency solutions for public buildings

The German district of Enzkreis recently set out to refurbish the roof of a building at the Mühlacker Vocational School, which houses 16 workshops for apprentices in the metal industry. The main objectives were to reduce energy losses through improving the building, and to improve energy efficiency through the installation of windows with a higher energy performance.

The procurement placed an emphasis on innovative solutions, such as thinner roofs with good insulation properties. Energy efficiency and sustainability were included as criteria in the awarding of the contract. The solutions contracted exceeded the demands requested in the tender and overcame the challenge of providing innovative lightweight materials for insulating the roof and glazing the windows, while at the same time ensuring improvements in energy efficiency.

The district is a partner of the EU-funded Public Administration Procurement Innovation to Reach Ultimate Sustainability (PAPIRUS) project, which aims to promote, implement and validate innovative solutions for sustainable construction through public procurement pilot actions across four European countries (Germany, Italy, Norway and Spain).

For more information, download the case study in the GPP News Alert.


5 October 2016

CEPPI newsletter looks at innovative and sustainable procurement

The second edition of the EU-funded CEPPI project e-newsletter provides a round-up of project news, upcoming events, and news on energy efficiency and innovative procurement more broadly. Stories include Castelló (Spain) issuing its first tender using CEPPI recommendations, and a preview of the upcoming Procura+ Seminar in Rome (Italy). Registration for the newsletter is available online.

Each edition focuses on one of the CEPPI partner cities, with this version looking at Birmingham (UK). The English city's commitment to sustainable procurement, as evident by its Sustainable Procurement Strategy, and its recent interest in innovation procurement, demonstrated through the city's involvement in several PPI projects, is outlined.

Through the CEPPI project, Birmingham, Budapest (Hungary), Castellón & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) are joining efforts to look for more sustainable energy solutions through a pro-innovation procurement approach. These five cities will demonstrate that by selectively intervening in scheduled public tenders, energy consumption can be reduced and consequently GHG emissions decreased.

To view the e-newsletter, click here.