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Public procurement as a part of strategic energy planning

Municipalities and other stakeholders were invited to workshop the 11th of june by the Danish partners in PRIMES. Main focus was on energy-saving initiatives in buildings and how public procurement could be integrated in strategic energy planning.

Strategic energy planning is a major area of focus in Zealand, and it addresses the need to look at the long-term perspectives in every energy action. If we focus exclusively on the quick gains, we risk later on that our complex but necessary strategic energy projects are no longer economically viable. The most important take home lesson of the day was to remember to see the public procurement it in a larger whole.

Public procurement as local business growth

The political world focus a lot on economy and creating jobs – less on energy savings. Guldborgsund municipality told in an inspiring way about how they in their latest public procurement managed to ensure that local subcontractors have received tasks. 19 out of 30 subcontractors came from the local area. The result is local growth still the municipality will have both financial savings as well as CO2 reductions.

ESCO solutions – a key element

During the workshop the participant got a good overview of ESCO solutions from different perspectives.
The participants were given an insight into the possibilities as well as the challenges that can be faced in ESCO solutions. There are other possibilities than ESCO solutions but still ESCO is a key factor to implement many energy projects in Denmark.

National legislation blocks the way

National law and the way we in Denmark calculate socioeconomics restrict the municipalities' opportunities to convert especially areas supplied with natural gas. The municipalities discussed their options within the frame, and what alternative projects they could work with instead.

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Guldborgsund municipality gives an insight into their experiences with ESCO projects. Local jobs was an important point in their latest public procurement – the result was that 19 out of 30 subcontractors came from the local area.


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