XPRESS is a project funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by APRE (Agency for the Promotion of European Research) for the uptake of renewable energy sources in public buildings and public transportation via green public procurement.
The project takes benefit from the scientific coordination of the University of York.
Public procurement can be an effective tool for promoting innovation and integration of renewable energy sources (RES) - for municipalities and businesses. However, there are several barriers that need to be overcome.
For example, it may be difficult for a public authority to find the small and medium-sized enterprise that can offer innovative services. By the same token, complex public procurement procedures might represent a burden for SMEs.
These issues are even more relevant when restarting business after the pandemic. In this context, the workshop will be evaluating barriers and enablers to the collaboration between innovative SMEs and local government while evaluating low carbon business opportunities (RES innovations) not only from an economic point of view but also considering their environmental impact via the LCA (Life Cycle Analysis).
The stakeholder cafe is aimed at identifying solutions and proposals, considering both barriers (including EU procurement rules) and opportunities based on the most up to date results of the XPRESS project.
23/03/2021 at 13:00 (GMT)
Check out our Survey on RES (RESS) for SMEs and Public Authorities: https://www.xpress-h2020.eu/online-resources/res-survey/