This report summarizes the contents of the conference "Environmental Aspects in Public Procurement in Europe". It took place on 1st and 2nd of October 2020 in Berlin. It was organized as a two-day hybrid and digital conference with national and international guests and speakers. Key topics were climate protection, circular economy, biodiversity and a non-toxic environment.
Michael Geißler was invited today as an expert to take part in an exchange of experiences between Germany and India on different business models for energy service companies (ESCOs). In a lecture, the managing director of the Berliner Energieagentur (BEA) mainly presented financing models for various energy services and, in an open dialogue, best practice examples from the BEA environment, which could possibly be used on the Indian market.
In small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), there is energy-saving potential that goes hand in hand with more efficient energy use in processes and in building use. In order to identify this potential and use it as an example for the more than 25 million SMEs in Europe, the EU Commission has approved funding the GEAR@SME project, which started on September 1, 2020. The Berliner Energieagentur (BEA) is a partner in the project and is responsible for implementation in Germany.
Public authorities serve as an example in environmentally friendly procurement. But what role do have environmental aspects currently in public procurement in Europe and how can the aim of environmentally friendly procurement be implemented in practice? The conference will be hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) and organised by the Berlin Energy Agency GmbH (BEA).