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South Africa - Municipal Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management

In order to shore up energy supply following national shortages and blackouts, the Government of South Africa introduced a series of measures promoting energy efficiency. One scheme – the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management – is providing investment subsidies to municipalities to carry out energy efficiency interventions including more efficient traffic signals and street lighting.

Public procurement of solar power systems in India

Indian Railways consumes 2% of the country’s electricity, and was traditionally heavily reliant on fossil fuels. The Indian Railways Solar Mission plans to overhaul this by installing 1,000 MW of solar power generation capacity by 2020. Public-private partnerships will enable developers to utilise rooftops and spare land for the installation of photovoltaics, with the electricity generated being sold back to the Railways.

PROSOL: Financing Solar Water Heating in Tunisia

The PROSOL programme stimulated the market for solar thermal heaters in Tunisia, where 270,000 new systems were installed between 2005 and 2015. The programme enabled consumers to purchase solar water heaters with minimal upfront costs by providing investment subsidies on a loan with a duration of 5 years. The programme worked with banks to reduce their risk by having the electricity utility acting as a debt collector, helping to increase the supply of finance available for the systems.

Extended Producer Responsibility System for consumer goods

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) System of South Korea was introduced in 2003 to promote take-back and recycling of a number of product groups and support the emergence of a circular economy. The EPR Scheme aims to pass financial and legal responsibility for the management of an end-of-life product to product manufacturers, thoughsetting regulatory requirements and performance standards that incentivise waste prevention and life-cycle thinking at design stage.

CombinES: Maximising public finance impact in energy efficiency projects

The CombinES project developed a financing mechanism which utilises both public and private funding sources to increase the impact of funding for energy efficiency measures in buildings. By integrating both thermal envelope and technological measures into a comprehensive renovation plan, the model can also maximise the potential energy savings in a given project. 

Framework Act on Low Carbon and Green Growth in South Korea

The government of South Korea views green technology and green industry as the engine to promote economic growth and create employment opportunity. The "Framework Act on Low Carbon, Green Growth" was announced in January 2010 for clarifying the relevant official organization and the green growth responsibility and characters in industries.

Innovation in public procurements -funding scheme of Tekes in Finland

In Finland, the public sector annually spends approximately €27 million on public procurement. By utilising innovation, the public sector can produce cheaper and better services for its citizens.

Aided by fresh solutions, the public sector can satisfy the demands of future generations. In order to support procurement of innovation, Tekes is providing incentives for preparing an innovative procurement.