164 Study on the impact of public procurement on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
The value of public sector procurement in Finland is estimated at some 20 billion euros annually. These have a considerable impact on energy use even taking into consideration only the energy consumption during the time the procured items are used.
The Directive on the Co-ordination of Procedures for the Award of Public Works Contracts, Public Supply Contracts and Public Service Contracts (2004/18/EC) as well as the Directive on End-Use Energy Efficiency and Energy Services (2006/32/EC) have an influence on the energy efficiency attributes of the procured items. Energy efficiency and environmental impacts may be used as procurement criteria. The choice between the different sources of energy when procuring energy and fuels has a crucial impact on the quality of emissions.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has given recommendations on energy efficiency in public procurement in 2000. They are now in need of revision.
The project aims at identifying and listing the procurement items that have the most impact on energy consumption in the public sector and at estimating the level of emissions therein.
The basics and proposals for the revision of the recommendations on energy efficiency in public procurement will be worked out and an estimate of the magnitude of the energy efficiency improvement as well as of the changes in emissions will be presented.
Work on the project started in April 2006 and will go on till the end of March 2007.
Organisation of the research
The co-operative parties responsible for the implementation of the project are Motiva Oy and Efeko Oy. Subcontracting will be used in collecting and processing the necessary data. Some 18 municipalities and 6 government organisations will be involved in supplying detailed data.
The steering group is headed by a representative of the Ministry of the Environment, the members being from other government and municipal organisations.
There are no specific events planned for this project. Presentations will be given in seminars and other events, as appropriate.
Information of the project is disseminated through the websites of the responsible project parties as well as through their newsletters.
The final report of the project will be published following the terms of the research contract.
For more information
Seppo Silvonen, Project Leader, tel. +358 9 8565 3132, e-mail: email@example.com
Henna Hauta-Heikkilä, Project Manager, tel. +358 10 409 2761, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scandinavian letter ä is replaced with a)
Taina Nikula, Chairman of the Steering Group, tel. +358 9 1603 9457, email@example.com