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Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions for energy efficiency
Deadline: Jun 7, 2017  

 Energy Efficiency
 Horizon Europe
 Project Development

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Considering the large volume of public spending (19% of EU GDP, or roughly EUR 2,200 billion in 2009), the public sector constitute an important driver to stimulate market transformation towards more sustainable energy-related products and services. The Energy Efficiency Directive requires that central governments purchase only products, services and buildings with high energy-efficiency performance. Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) is not sufficiently developed in the field of energy efficiency although it could support the market up-take of energy efficient goods, buildings or services.


Actions enabling local authorities to undertake one joint PPI procurement of innovative solutions for buildings (NZEB, renovation), products or services, which are not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis, and which have energy performance levels that are better than the best levels available on the market. This should result in one joint PPI call for tender launched by the lead procurer and one joint evaluation of offers. Actions should deploy commercial volumes of the innovative solution, in order to assure its market uptake. Functional/performance based specifications should be ambitious but achievable without the procurement of research and development and without distorting competition. Where appropriate, proposals should build upon the outputs of ongoing projects (including the Project Development Assistance projects), networks, guides, tools, and rely on the use of cost – benefit analysis (e.g. using a life- cycle approach). Proposals should actively use the Procurement of Innovation Platform supported by the European Commission. The procurement of innovation process should be associated with coordination and networking activities that embed the PPI into a wider set of demand side activities, including the removal of marked barriers (e.g. lack of knowledge, practical training, tailored guidelines and legal uncertainties) and awareness and knowledge sharing activities. Actions should involve large multipliers such as central purchasing organizations.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. The funding rate for Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) actions is limited to 35% of the total eligible costs (PPI is procurement for the purchase and deployment of innovative solutions) to leverage co-financing from the procurers.

Expected Impact:

For PPI actions, proposals are expected to demonstrate the impacts listed below (wherever possible, use quantified indicators and targets):

  • Exploitation strategy, assuring the deployment of commercial volumes of the innovative solution and their wide diffusion and a dissemination strategy assuring that the results of the action reach considerable numbers of relevant stakeholders.
  • Energy performance levels of new buildings should be at least 25% better than current regulations or reach NZEB performance levels. For existing buildings, energy savings of at least 60% compared to the existing building should be reached, using innovative solutions. Products and services, should demonstrate at least 25% better performance in terms of energy efficiency than best available solutions on the market.

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