Eco-innovative tenders

All 7 regional networks are currently working to draft a total of 42 eco-innovative tenders - 6 per region - focused on:

  • energy savings in public buildings;
  • vehicles and transport; and
  • food and catering.

The goal is to achieve 54.3 GWh/year primary savings and to trigger a total of 45 GWh/year renewable energy.

APE Network

Joint Procurement of 500 GWh in Piedmont

The Central Purchasing Body of Piedmont Region, in collaboration with Metropolitan City of Turin and ARPA Piedmont, in the context of APE Network, has conducted a joint procurement of 500 GWh.

The tender specifications included a quest for a minimum 50% electricity to be procured from renewable sources and certified with a Guarantee of Origin. 

The tender is expected to lead to 150,000 tons of CO2 savings and 8.000 €/GWh financial savings.

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APE Network

Self-regulating LED lamps for Turin Polytechnic

The Polytechnic of Turin conducted the pilot installation of 16 self-regulating LED lamps at the Department of Control and Computer Science.

The LED lighting adjusts according to light as well as to the presence of people. The lights' tubes communicate with each other to maintain uniform brightness and have low maintenance costs.

Following the purchase, both a life cycle costs and environmental impacts assessment will be undertaken. The tender is expected to save 0.9 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

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APE Network

Joint Procurement of 19 urban electric buses in Piedmont

Piedmont Region conducted a join procurement for the purchase of 19 electric buses and 10 years of full service maintenance. The tender was part of a programme launched by the Piedmont Region to promote the introduction of electric buses into regional transport operators fleets.

The tender included technical specifications on the batteries, the charging stations and the service maintenance.

The tender is expected to save 769 tons of CO2 emissions per year, a Primary Energy savings of 1.62 GWh/yr and a financial saving of €50,000 over 10 years.

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Bulgarian SPPI Network

Low emission vehicles

Gabrovo Muncipality procured the delivery of a new cargo minivan meeting EURO emission standards.  

During the proposals evaluation, additional points were granted to more environmental friendly vehicles meeting the EURO 6 standards. The tender model also reports a section on lessons learned by the Municipality regarding the use of green criteria for their tender design.

Among main environmental benefits, main is the reduction in harmful local emissions of NOx and particulates (PM). The financial benefits include reduced fuel consumption, due to the improved efficiency of the combustion engines.

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PIPEN Network

Biomass Woodfuel - Wood Chip Drying Facility

Bristol City Council procured a new active wood drying system solution to improve biomass boiler efficiency linked to authority's plant nursery operation.

Following a needs anaylisis and cost appraisal, a request for quote was advertised for a new biomass boiler, which included a woodchip dryer was part of the specification. Drying the wood chips before being used as fuel makes them easier to burn and, in turn, more efficient. This procurement in an example of circular procurement in that the installation of the boiler and wood fuel drier enables the use of efficient energy recovery from waste wood.

The main environmental benefits relate to an annual saving of 1,2000 CO2 emissions (tonnes/year).

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PIPEN Network

Installation of a Heat Network in Bristol

Bristol City Council developed a district heat network linking two small networks, including the installation of a biomass boiler and efficient gas boilers. 

The heat network construction was conducted in a major city area and was procured using an existing framework contract. This heat network district, named the Temple and Redcliffe district, currently under development, when complete, will supply hear to businesses, a new arena and housing. 

The main environmental benefits relate to an annual saving of 1,625 tons of CO2.

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PIPEN Network

Provision of School Food in Bath

The tenders looks at the awarded contract for the provision of fresh meat and fruits and vegetables to Primary School by the purchasing body Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council.

The contracts includes the provision of school food for 7,000 meals and aims at increasing use of suppliers and producers in the region to provide healthy and sustainable products. The meals for the selected schools, in fact, are cooked and provided by the local authority's Catering Service and are cooked fresh on a daily basis. The tender model also looks at the two consistent parts of this tendering process of market engagement and joint procurement.

The environmental savings being measured relate to the consolidation of deliveries and reduction in distance travelled and fuel consumed.

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RGO Network

Joint Procurement of 19 vehicles in Niort, France

This joint procurement led by the municipality of Niort for the replacement of 19 vehicles included a life cycle cost comparison of the vehicles using the methodology of the Clean Vehicles Directive (2009/33/EC), including environmental externalities.

In order to maximise volume, and rationalise resources the tender took the form of a joint procurement. The tendering approach also included a market engagement phase, carried out prior to tendering.

Environmental benefits of this green tender include a 33% saving on consumption, CO2 and primary energy consumption compared to the current solutions.

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Xarxa Network

Purchase and transfer of electric bicycle in the Province of Barcelona

Barcelona Regional Council has purchased electric bicycles for staff and municipal services in the province of Barcelona to support municipalities in their climate change mitigation policies and the transition towards soft mobility models.

In this case the Regional Council maximises the number of users by acting like a central purchasing body and offering the service for free as a tool to municipalities to local authorities signatories to the Covenant of Mayors.

The main environmental benefits include to an annual saving of 9,6 CO2 emissions (tonnes/year) and 0,032 GWh of primary energy saved.

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Xarxa Network

Green Electricity

The Catalan Association of Towns and Counties has undertaken a framework agreement for the supply of electricity, 100% from renewable sources.

The framework agreement included the participation of 702 local authorities for an annual consumption estimation of 700 GWh supplying more than 22.000 supply points. The framework agreement foresees that all the electricity supplied comes from renewable sources with guarantee of origin.

The main environmental benefits include emissions savings for 226,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions, 883 GWh of primary energy saved and economic savings of 10% of total expenditure.

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