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Dissemination of Energy Efficiency Measures in the Public Buildings Sector (DEEP)

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The DEEP project encourages and assists European public authorities to move towards more sustainable building design and renovation, and it promotes the use of green" electricity. To this end simple standards applicable Europe-wide will be developed in consultation with a wide group of stakeholders. For energy performance and the use of sustainable building materials for public construction and renovation works, together with purchasing criteria for green electricity. The project will also provide a template for a standard energy efficiency policy to be used be European public authorities, and a range of tools to help implement energy efficiency measures. The project results will be disseminated through a wide range of regional and European seminars, workshops and conferences. The developed standards and purchasing criteria will also be incorporated into Procura+, ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Campaign (www.procuraplus.org), and through this implemented by a number of European public authorities.

Results

  • Simple standards applicable by public authorities Europe-wide for energy performance and the use of sustainable building materials for public construction and renovation works, together with purchasing criteria for green electricity.
  • A template for a standard public authority energy efficiency policy to be used be European public authorities, and a range of tools to help implement energy efficiency measures. These are designed to institutionalise energy efficiency measures in public authorities and provide administrative staff with the tools required to ensure effective implementation. The project will aim to get as many European public authorities as possible to commit to implementation during the project timeframe
  • The Procura+ Manual, providing guidance on sustainable procurement, including an easy-to-use implementation model, and key purchasing criteria (including those developed for buildings and electricity) available in 5 languages (English, French, Italian, Greek, German ? already exists in Spanish). Procura+ Campaign participants will be encouraged to apply the new criteria developed during the project
  • A number of regional seminars, workshops and conferences for local authority technical staff and politicians, suppliers and other stakeholders in the regions of Barcelona, (Spain) Athens (Greece) and Cremona (Italy). These will significantly increase regional awareness of the potential for sustainable building design and green electricity procurement
  • A set of conclusions on the current European policy framework based on project results and experiences. These conclusions and possible recommendations will be made available to European decision-makers to help with future policy work.
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Lessons learned

  • The potential financial and CO2 savings through sustainable building design and purchasing green electricity are enormous however the level of implementation of these measures remains low within European public authorities
  • Once market liberalisation is achieved in all EU countries, there should be no barrier to any public authority to purchase green electricity using a standard set of European procurement criteria.
  • Due to the substantial differences allowed by the Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) in calculation methods and target setting for energy performance, it is doubtful that uniform Europe-wide standards can be developed.
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Contact

ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH
Germany
Contact point: 
Name: 
Holger Robrecht
Tel: 
+49 761 368920
Name: 
Philipp Tepper
Tel: 
+49/(0)761-368 920
Name: 
Ms van Staden Maryke
Tel: 
+49-761-368920
Name: 
Mr. Santhosh Kodukula
Tel: 
+49 288 97 62 99 - 54
Name: 
Ms Maryke van Staden
Tel: 
+49-761 / 368 92 0
Name: 
Mr Mark Hidson
Tel: 
+49 761 36892-0
Name: 
Mark Hidson
Tel: 
0049 761 36992-0

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Duration:
01/01/2006 to 30/06/2007
Contract number: 
EISAV/EIE/04/067/2004