Energy efficiency projects received financing worth 22 million euros

The project that involves public procurement of Innovation, aims to encourage the implementation of energy efficiency projects in Portugal. Currently, the initiative has already supported 32 projects in several municipalities across the country.

Ponto Energia, a Horizon 2020 project involving a consortium of eight entities, has already enabled several municipalities to carry out 32 energy efficiency projects. According to the statement, the set of projects was financed with a total of around 22 million euros and generated total savings of more than 21,6 million kilowatts per year.

The total amount that Ponto Energia's activities stimulated for investment in energy efficiency is close to 22 million euros, although they have stimulated more than one million euros in transactions. The 32 projects represent an energy saving of 143,81 watt-hours per year and prevent 67.590 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere per year.

The projects in question range from initiatives that promote self-consumption, efficiency in buildings to LED lighting and have been implemented in municipalities such as Cascais, Espinho, Porto, Lisbon and Algarve.

The Ponto Energia project, with the participation of the Porto Energy Agency, Almada Municipal Energy Agency, Cascais Municipality, Arrábida Energy and Environment Agency, Energaia, Eupportunity, GoParity and SRS Advogados, started in May 2018 and ends in April 2021 and received a total contribution from the European Union of 999.437,50 euros.

Foster innovation projects in Portugal

Although public procurement of innovation still has little expression in Portugal, the National Innovation Agency (ANI) intends to counteract this reality, with a commitment to contribute to boost public procurement of innovation in sectors of strategic interest, within the scope of the Innovation Strategy Technology and Business 2018-2030.

In this sense, in 2018, the agency formalized a collaboration protocol with the Institute of Public Markets, Real Estate and Construction (IMPIC). Supporting the joint work of the two entities are the activities carried out within the framework of Interreg Europe iBuy and Procurement2Innovate (Horizon 2020), two ongoing international projects coordinated at national level by ANI, with close monitoring by IMPIC.

“Public procurement of innovation intends to focus demand and supply, but, at the same time, be an important instrument for inducing innovation and R&D activities, both in companies and in public entities that purchase products and services”, reads the statement .

There are currently five Competence Centers for Public Procurement of Innovation (CPI) in Europe, one of which is in neighboring Spain. The CPI in Portugal is in the implementation phase, which should be available by 2021, and whose development is delivered to ANI, which counts on IMPIC in the study and implementation of this project.

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