The design of public procurement programs can be critically important to managing overall energy costs. Since public procurement typically represents 10-20 percent of a country’s gross domestic product, governments can have a profound impact on the types of goods and services offered by the private sector, while demonstrating leadership in energy efficiency to businesses and the public. A new ESMAP report analyzes one effective strategy in this area—energy efficient purchasing (EEP). Under such policies and programs, national and local governments can require or encourage their agencies to include energy efficiency requirements or preferences when they purchase products that use energy (e.g., lighting, office equipment, vehicles). In most cases, EEP programs are designed to give preference to products that offer the best value over the products’ lifetimes. By creating large-scale demand for such products, the public sector can also encourage suppliers to offer higher efficiency products while helping to drive down prices to private consumers.
This BBL provided an overview of the report and its findings, and discussed implications for the Bank's procurement policies and policy advice. Given the amount of energy-using equipment routinely purchased under Bank investment lending, greater attention to energy efficiency considerations can have a profound impact on the types of products offered by manufacturers, while saving our clients millions of dollars in future energy costs.
Opening Remarks: Ivan Jaques | Senior Energy Specialist, (ESMAP)
Speaker: Jas Singh | Senior Energy Specialist, (ECSS2)
Discussants: Ashish Bhateja | Senior Procurement Specialist (OPSOR)
Kavita Ravi | Policy Fellow (Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment)