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Barriers for energy efficient public procurement in south-east Europe – a market perspective

Panel: 3. Local action and national examples

This is a peer-reviewed paper.

Authors:
Louiza Papamikrouli, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Greece
Angelika Tisch, IFZ - Interuniversitaeres Forschungszentrum für Technik, Arbeit und Kultur, Austria
Lucia Catalani, SVIM - Sviluppo Marche SpA, Development Agency of Marche Region, Italy
Polona Lah, JSI - Jozfef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Gabriela Macoveiu, ADR Nord-Est – North-East Regional Development Agency, Romania
Maria Stark, HCCI – Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungary
Nemanja Balac, SEEA – Serbian Energy Efficiency Agency, Serbia
Angel Hronev, Plovdiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgaria

Abstract

In the course of the project “Upgrading of Energy Efficient Public Procurement for a balanced economic growth of SEE area - EFFECT” that aims at aligning and raising the level and the uptake of energy efficient public procurement in South-East Europe, a study was undertaken in order to identify the perspective of the market on the current state of energy efficient public procurement and its main weaknesses

The project team conducted a survey in order to investigate the perception of 94 companies in eight South East European countries about a) the uptake of EEPP by public authorities and b) the barriers that the supply side faces when selling or trying to sell their energy efficient products or services to public authorities. Companies included in the study operate in the sectors of construction, transportation, lighting and Information and communication technology (ICT). Analysis of results indicates that complex tendering procedures established to increase transparency might hinder some companies from even offering their solutions to public authorities. Findings also suggest that the expertise of public procurers needs to be increased; not only the technical expertise regarding the products and services to be procured but also expertise in exhausting the legal opportunities to communicate with companies and to apply new ways of financing energy efficient solutions, as some often seem to be more expensive, at least in terms of investment costs. The study also manifests the necessity to increase the involvement of the supply side in studies about Energy Efficient Public Procurement.

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