On September 25, 2015, EPA published Recommendations for Specifications, Environmental Performance Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement. The notice describes EPA's recommendations for federal agencies that are purchasing environmentally-friendly products. Section 3(i) of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, directs federal agencies to adhere to certain environmental performance and sustainability standards when practicable. The new EPA recommendations list acceptable environmentally sustainable product brands and service providers that require a procurement preference, including EPA's voluntary program Energy Star®, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Certified Biobased label BioPreferred®, and EPA designated recycled content products, among others.
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Autumn Statement 2016: Any impact on energy?
The UK Government`s Autumn Statement provided a great opportunity to answer a number of key energy policy questions. Yet, apart from confirming that the carbon price will be capped at £18 t/CO2 until 2020 and that oil/gas tax breaks will be maintained, there was very little mention of energy. Granted this carbon price cap is likely to be welcomed as it provides the certainty and stability that investors and businesses have been calling for to inform energy procurement strategies. However, it is surprising...
Case study - Procurement and installation of a Biogas desulphurization unit at the Chania WWTP
A proposal based on Bioconservacion’s technology was selected as the winning bid in the public tender released in 2015, covering the design, procurement and construction of a biogas desulfurizing unit to be installed in the waste water treatment plant in Chania, Greece. With a population over 100,000, Chania is the second largest municipality in the Greek island of Crete. Its waste water treatment plant is composed of primary and secondary settlers, two biological reactors and four anaerobic digesters to...
Time to de-risk your flexible energy procurement strategy
Ten-year high power prices last week (12-16 September) caused by tight supply margins illustrate the imperative of de-risking your flexible energy procurement strategy. Towards the end of a turbulent week, prices on the day-ahead over-the-counter market increased to £135 per MWh. This is the highest level in ten years. The price spike was largely attributed to reduced generation following unplanned outages at key coal and nuclear plants, together with low wind generation and increased air conditioning...
How to think strategically about your next energy contract
How did you approach your current energy contract? Was it a positive experience? Are you sure you’re getting the best value from your supplier and your energy procurement strategy? If your energy contract is due for renewal, it’s time to think about how to replace it. This job may have landed at the bottom of your to-do list but it’s important to get right. A poorly-sourced energy contract can have a serious effect on a business’s profitability. It is always good practice to revisit the...
Energy procurement case study
Resource Energy was engaged by a major property owner to design an energy supply product that met the unique energy profile of a group of more than a dozen large enclosed regional malls. The customer was seeking to implement a strategy to minimize and control the risk of rising energy prices, while at the same time providing a high degree of budget certainty for itself and its several hundred tenants.Resource Energy, in conjunction with one of the largest electricity supply companies in the world, developed a...