4 EXPERT PARTNERS
of 33 GWH PER YEAR
Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) are joining efforts to look for more sustainable energy solutions through a pro-innovation procurement approach. Under the umbrella of the EU-funded CEPPI project, these five cities will demonstrate that by selectively intervening in scheduled public tenders, energy consumption can be reduced. The goal of this 3-year project is to save at least 33GWh/year and to develop the capacity of public authorities to implement innovation procurement solutions for energy-related projects. The CEPPI Cities aspire to adopt a leadership role in their regions.
Valencia, a CEPPI city
Valencia City Council, through InnDEA Valencia, joined the CEPPI project with the aim of promoting energy efficiency through the implementation of innovative public procurement policies.
Valencia is committed to Public Procurement of Innovation as a key tool to improve urban services, to face the city’s major challenges and to reduce energy consumption. “The project is offering us the possibility to receive advice for the first action Valencia is implementing under the umbrella of Public Procurement of Innovation in the energy field, in order to carry it out successfully,” said Jordi Peris, Councillor for Innovation and Knowledge Management and Vice-President of InnDEA Valencia.
After launching its first successful case, Valencia City Council wants to replicate the procedure for other tender and thus serve as an example to other municipalities that are thinking about introducing PPI practices.
In December, CEPPI expert partners visited Valencia to hold a training session on PPI. Officers from four different departments attended the capacity building workshop and assessed the opportunities PPI offers to Valencia.
Valencia is approaching the innovative process from different spheres, so as to ensure citizens are beneficiaries of the social and environmental impacts. In this respect, the Council is also taking part in the European network Climate KIC project, Pub