Energy efficiency in public procurement


The overall aim of the REEP policy dialogue is to support legislators and investors eliminate market barriers to energy efficiency and accelerate the take-up of energy services.


Current obligations on energy efficiency in public procurement are set by the following EU Directives that must be transposed and properly implemented by the Western Balkan countries as Contracting Parties of the Energy Community:

  • Directive 2006/32/EC (Article 5 “Energy end-use efficiency in the public sector” and Annex VI “List of eligible energy efficient public procurement measures”)
  • Directive 2010/30/EU (Article 9 – “Public procurement and incentives”).

Moreover, the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS) has drafted a Recommendation on the Implementation of Directive 2012/27/EU for adoption by the Ministerial Council in October 2013. This recommends, among other things, the transposition of requirements under Article 6, “Purchasing by public bodies” and Annex III, “Energy efficiency requirements for purchasing products, services and buildings by central government”.

The procurement-related REEP policy dialogue component aims to assist Serbia and Montenegro (the Target Beneficiaries) to develop a subset of the secondary legislation, regulations and guidelines necessary for the transposition of the relevant procurement Directives. The scope of specific assistance for each country was established in consultation with each Target Beneficiary and refined during the kick-off events by the Consultants and Technical Working Groups (TWGs) established in each country. The approach taken with each Target Beneficiary is shown in the Figure below.