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The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) sets explicitly, that public bodies at national, regional and local level should fulfil an exemplary role as regards energy efficiency. It imposes on the public sector (PS) several concrete obligations to make the sector a real leader in energy efficiency improvements. The demand from the PS exemplary initiative and efforts, fall mainly into two categories - exemplary role of public bodies’ buildings (art. 5) and purchasing by public bodies (art. 6).
Article 5 of the EED stipulates that each MS shall ensure that, from 1 January 2014, 3% of the total floor area of heated and/or cooled buildings owned and occupied by its central government is renovated each year to meet at least the minimum energy performance requirements set by Directive 2010/31/EU.
Article 6 of the EED addresses purchasing by public bodies and says that Member States shall ensure that central governments purchase only products, services and buildings with high energy-efficiency performance, insofar as that it is consistent with cost-effectiveness, economical feasibility, wider sustainability, technical suitability, as well as sufficient competition.
Furthermore, MS shall encourage public bodies, including regional and local levels to follow the exemplary role of their central governments to purchase only products, services and buildings with high energy-efficiency performance. MS shall encourage public bodies, when tendering service contracts with significant energy content, to assess the possibility of concluding long- term energy performance contracts that provide long-term energy savings.
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