Breakout Session 4


Procurement as a strategic transformation tool for energy markets

Can others follow the Dutch approach to additionality? Discuss how a transition towards a low carbon energy market can be supported by public procurement, by exploring elements such as:

Requiring electricity from new plants

Restricting the type of renewable energy (e.g. excluding large hydro)

Requiring locally generated renewable energy.

The Netherlands Action plan for Responsible and Sustainable Procurement (RSP) will serve as example to demonstrate an effective and efficient use of RSP as an instrument to contribute to realising policy objectives, including stimulating renewable energy generation.

How are cities in the Netherlands and other European states using procurement to help meet energy goals? A key point for this transition to a low carbon energy sector includes ensuring that purchasing green electricity actually leads to new capacity being constructed, not simply buying up the very cheap Guarantees of Origin with no impact. This could have the biggest CO2 impact of all public procurement actions by a long way.

Session Description 



Joß Florian Bracker, Energy and Climate Researcher, Öko-Institut 


Robert Kaukewitsch, European Commission Directorate-General for Energy: Key updates on the Renewable Energy Directive

René Holslag, Project Manger of the sustainable regional procurement of electricity, City of Nijmegen: A community-owned windpark creating additional RES capacities for the region

Thimo de Nijs, Sustainability Advisor, The Hague: Procurement of new, local RES in The Hague

Carsten Rothballer, ICLEI: The Heat Roadmap Europe - using procurement to achieve the 2050 Paris Agreement