The Danish Electricity Saving Trust Purchasing Guidelines
Energy efficient purchasing is just common sense
Choose energy efficient electrical equipment and save substantial amounts on the electricity bill over the lifetime of the equipment.
The Danish Electricity Saving Trust (hereinafter referred to as the Trust) has calculated that the public sector can reduce its annual electricity bill by DK 700 million by purchasing energy efficiently.
Usually, energy efficient purchasing costs the same, but even if it is more expensive the investment is quickly recouped. Therefore it is advantageous to purchase only energy efficient equipment.
All government institutions must follow the purchasing guidelines. The Trust also recommends that all public sector organisations and private companies comply with the guidelines when purchasing equipment.
PURCHASING ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT IS EASY
Inform suppliers or shops that the equipment must comply with the Trust’s purchasing guidelines. Show them the Purchasing Guidelines or refer to www.elsparefonden.dk/indkoeb. When preparing tenders, you can incorporate the requirements in the guidelines into the tender specifications to highlight that you only wish to receive offers on products that comply with the requirements of the Trust’s Purchasing Guidelines.
For more in-depth information on the choice of products, you can check the Trust’s product lists covering a range of energy efficient equipment. You can also look at the technical specifications for the equipment concerned to see if these comply with the purchasing requirements.
The guidelines apply to the purchase of both new equipment and new components for existing systems – a new ventilator for an existing ventilation system, for example. The requirements also cover equipment that you plan to install on your premises that are supplied under other types of agreements, such as leasing contracts.
The guidelines are valid for one year and cover most standard electrical equipment in offices and some other buildings. Learn more about using the guidelines on page 15, where you can also find out what you should do if an item of equipment you plan to buy is not covered by the requirements.
On the following pages we present the purchasing requirements, together with expert advice and further information on the equipment described.
The blue tables contain the requirements that the electrical equipment must fulfil.
The brown box contains good advice on how to make further savings when purchasing and operating the equipment. The green box provides referrals to the
Trust’s recommended lists and links to Web sites for additional information.