Article 5 of the EU Energy Service Directive applies to energy usage for all HE institutions.
The EU Directive on Energy End Use Efficiency and Energy Services covers all forms of energy, including electricity, natural gas, and other fuels and sets a number of significant targets for the public sector. Article 5 of the Directive relates specifically to the public sector and requires public sector institutions to fulfil an exemplary role and communicate best practice to the rest of the public sector and wider community. The public sector is also required to apply at least two requirements from the following list:
a) requirements concerning the use of financial instruments for energy savings, including energy performance contracting, that stipulate the delivery of measurable and pre-determined energy savings (including whenever public administrations have outsourced responsibilities);
b) requirements to purchase equipment and vehicles based on lists of energy-efficient product specifications of different categories of equipment and vehicles to be drawn up by the authorities or agencies referred to in Article 4(4), using, where applicable, minimised life-cycle cost analysis or comparable methods to ensure cost-effectiveness;
c) requirements to purchase equipment that has efficient energy consumption in all modes, including in standby mode, using, where applicable, minimised life-cycle cost analysis or comparable methods to ensure cost-effectiveness;
d) requirements to replace or retrofit existing equipment and vehicles with the equipment listed in points (b) and (c);
e) requirements to use energy audits and implement the resulting cost-effective recommendations;
f) requirements to purchase or rent energy-efficient buildings or parts thereof, or requirements to replace or retrofit purchased or rented buildings or parts thereof in order to render them more energy-efficient.
The SPCE (Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence) has now closed. The good practice, guidance and toolkit documents have been migrated to the Higher Education Procurement Academy (HEPA) website so that they remain available to the sector.