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29 October 2018

CEPPI project meets energy saving targets through innovation procurement

The CEPPI project concluded in July having intervened in a variety of innovation procurement opportunities, with an energy saving impact estimated at over 100GWh/year in the long term. These include a hydrogen bus investment, smart energy efficiency street lighting and energy efficiency transformations of schools, hospitals and fire stations.

Starting in 2015 and coordinated by Optimat, CEPPI (Coordinated energy-related Public Procurement of Innovation) aimed to demonstrate how European cities can make more rapid progress towards achieving their energy-related objectives through the strategic use of public procurement and specifically through the adoption of pro-innovation procurement methods.  Representatives of five city authorities of different sizes and cultures (Birmingham, Budapest, Castellon, Valencia and Wroclaw) participated in a ‘Living Lab’ by adopting and, where necessary, adapting public procurement of innovation (PPI) methodologies in forthcoming tenders.

The full list of procurement interventions and supporting resources are available to view on the project website. The project has also produced a package of in-depth guidance, which includes Energy Innovation Procurement: A Guide For City Authorities, the methodology that was created and applied within the CEPPI project known as the ‘Flexible Framework for Energy Innovation Procurement’ and a series of learning materials that have been prepared to communicate key insights, know-how and skills in innovation related procurement.

For more information on the CEPPI project and its procurement interventions, visit the project website.

30 July 2018

CEPPI cities launch Market Sounding Prospectuses

Two CEPPI cities have been engaging with suppliers to communicate their needs and encourage the market to offer innovative solutions when tendering for upcoming procurement opportunities. Valencia City Council launched its first public procurement of innovation process, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the Central Fire Station, whilst the City Council of Castelló conducted market sounding for the innovative transformation of city schools to achieve energy efficiency, enhanced learning environment and improvement of the buildings.

Valencia, through the Fire Service and the Las Naves Foundation, took the opening step with a market sounding prospectus and preliminary market consultation. This was aimed at generating a space for technical dialogue with all economic and innovation agents who want to participate. The procurement is intended to improve the Fire Station facilities, as well as increase the wellbeing of a workforce that spends 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the building.

The consultation in Valencia tested what the current market can offer and obtain the feedback of professionals and technical experts in the sector in order to better shape the subsequent call for tender.  A supplier information day took place in February 2018 in the Central Fire Station alongside a published Prior Information Notice (PIN) in Tenders Electronic Daily. A video was released that explains the needs and background to the procurement. 

Castelló launched a market sounding prior to a tender for extensive transformation of the City schools. The preliminary consultation to the market aims to create a space for technical dialogue with all parts of the supply chain, and economic and innovation agents. The requirement concerns the energy transformation of schools of the city to maximise energy efficient operation and achieve functional transformation of the buildings and school environment. Castelló has secured ERDF funding for this transformation programme. This programme will begin with a pilot project in order to deliver the outcomes described above.

Both actions are taking place as part of the CEPPI project, in which, together with other European cities, public procurement of innovation in public administration for energy saving and wider outcomes is promoted.

20 March 2017

A fire-station building refurbishment, first Valencia’s CEPPI action

Valencia has started working on its first procurement of innovation intervention: the refurbishment of a fire-station building constructed in the 1970s. InnDEA Valencia detected there was a need to renovate the facilities, as there were many deficiencies in terms of comfort for the firemen and firewomen, and energy efficiency and costs.

The building has a central heating system that does not allow for variable temperatures in different rooms, so it cannot be adjusted for the needs of the individual parts of the building. A similar problem affects the lights of the facility. Other possibilities for innovation and energy saving were identified in the vehicles being used by the fire-brigade. InnDEA Valencia, partner in the project, and the fire station staff have signed a memorandum of understanding to show their commitment to start a PPI intervention for the refurbishment of the building.

The first step to be taken is to carry out an energy audit of the facilities, planned for the upcoming weeks. Afterwards, the CEPPI intervention will start in this highly promising PPI demonstration case.

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