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Public Procurement boosts Energy Efficiency (PRO-EE)

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pro-EE aimed to improve energy efficiency through sustainable public procurement. For this purpose, pro-EE brought together producers and consumers, implemented energy-efficient Green Public Procurement (GPP) procedures in local administrations, and organised training for municipalities’ procurement staff. At the same time, five pilot cities set up integrated energy efficiency action plans, which included the involvement of stakeholders and awareness-raising campaigns for citizens.


  • Establishment of technical working groups with representatives of industries/suppliers, networks or cities. Production of background papers and technical guidelines on electrical street lighting equipment, LED road signs, electrical appliances, energy-efficient vehicle fleets; LED street lighting equipments and Pedelecs. Creation of a network for contacts with industries/suppliers of innovative products at national, regional and local level.
  • Establishment of local procurement networks in all countries (network meetings, mailings, etc.) Establishment of energy-efficiency criteria for innovative products and implementation of tenders on innovative products (e.g. e-cars, LED). Production of a multilingual manual on energy-efficient public procurement (in 6 languages).
  • Production of a starter package and tools for the five pilot cities (“Climate City Toolbox”.) Delivery of “Climate scans” and internal action plans for the five pilot cities. Production of energy action plans and information campaigns for stakeholders in the pilot cities
  • Delivery of training programmes for purchasers in local authorities on sustainable public procurement. Implementation of pilot training courses in eight countries. Delivery of an evaluation paper for the training programme and recommendations.
  • Informed public purchasers on the results at national level (in the NAP-process, in journals, during seminars, network-meetings, platforms, etc). Final conference with 200 participants (most of them purchasers).

Lessons learned

  • Innovation: Contacts to the industries at an early stage have proven to be very important for the identification of innovative products and are helpful for the formulation of energy efficiency criteria in respective public tenders.
  • The possible contribution of joint public procurement to energy efficient procurement has to be verified in each country. Frame conditions (legal and administrative frameworks, etc.) at national level make it difficult to organise JPP (in some of EU countries) as risk averseness and current lack of appropriate risk/benefit sharing systems represent major obstacles.
  • Energy efficient procurement has to be embedded into overarching activities of the public body in the field of sustainable energy and has to be linked to other activities and projects. To introduce it as an isolated issue diminishes the impact of actions.

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Klima-Buendnis / Alianza del Clima e.V.
Frankfurt am Main
Contact point: 
Dag Schulze
0049 69 71 71 39 - 0
Ulrike Janssen


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01/11/2007 to 30/10/2010
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