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Title: Two Paths to Transforming Markets through Public Sector EnergyEfficiency: Bottom Up versus Top Down

Abstract

The evolution of government purchasing initiatives in Mexicoand China, part of the PEPS (Promoting an Energy-efficient Public Sector)program, demonstrates the need for flexibility in designingenergy-efficiency strategies in the public sector. Several years ofpursuing a top-down (federally led) strategy in Mexico produced fewresults, and it was not until the program was restructured in 2004 tofocus on municipal-level purchasing that the program gained momentum.Today, a new partnership with the Mexican federal government is leadingto an intergovernmental initiative with strong support at the federallevel. By contrast, the PEPS purchasing initiative in China wassuccessfully initiated and led at the central government level withstrategic support from international experts. The very different successtrajectories in these two countries provide valuable lessons fordesigning country-specific public sector energy-efficiency initiatives.Enabling conditions for any successful public sector purchasinginitiative include the existence of mandatory energy-efficiencyperformance standards, an effective energy-efficiency endorsementlabeling program, an immediate need for energy conservation, a simplepilot phase (focusing on a limited number of strategically chosenproducts), and specialized technical assistance. Top-down purchasingprograms are likely to be more successful where there is high-levelpolitical endorsement and a national procurement law in place, supportedby a network of trained purchasers. Bottom-up (municipally led)purchasing programs require that municipalities have the authority to settheir own purchasingmore » policies, and also benefit from existing networks ofcities, supported by motivated municipal leaders and trained purchasingofficials.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley NationalLaboratory, Berkeley, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE. Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency andRenewable Energy. Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for TechnologyDevelopment. Office of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs; US Agency for International Development
OSTI Identifier:
883116
Report Number(s):
LBNL-60144
R&D Project: 5726P2; BnR: WI0101000
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency inBuildings: Less is More -- En Route to Zero Energy Buildings, AsilomarConference Center, Pacific Grove, California, August 13-18,2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29; public sector energy management energy-efficient governmentpurchasing public procurement China Mexico PEPS

Citation Formats

Van Wie McGrory, Laura, Coleman, Philip, Fridley, David, Harris,Jeffrey, and Villasenor Franco, Edgar. Two Paths to Transforming Markets through Public Sector EnergyEfficiency: Bottom Up versus Top Down. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Van Wie McGrory, Laura, Coleman, Philip, Fridley, David, Harris,Jeffrey, & Villasenor Franco, Edgar. Two Paths to Transforming Markets through Public Sector EnergyEfficiency: Bottom Up versus Top Down. United States.
Van Wie McGrory, Laura, Coleman, Philip, Fridley, David, Harris,Jeffrey, and Villasenor Franco, Edgar. Wed . "Two Paths to Transforming Markets through Public Sector EnergyEfficiency: Bottom Up versus Top Down". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/883116.
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abstractNote = {The evolution of government purchasing initiatives in Mexicoand China, part of the PEPS (Promoting an Energy-efficient Public Sector)program, demonstrates the need for flexibility in designingenergy-efficiency strategies in the public sector. Several years ofpursuing a top-down (federally led) strategy in Mexico produced fewresults, and it was not until the program was restructured in 2004 tofocus on municipal-level purchasing that the program gained momentum.Today, a new partnership with the Mexican federal government is leadingto an intergovernmental initiative with strong support at the federallevel. By contrast, the PEPS purchasing initiative in China wassuccessfully initiated and led at the central government level withstrategic support from international experts. The very different successtrajectories in these two countries provide valuable lessons fordesigning country-specific public sector energy-efficiency initiatives.Enabling conditions for any successful public sector purchasinginitiative include the existence of mandatory energy-efficiencyperformance standards, an effective energy-efficiency endorsementlabeling program, an immediate need for energy conservation, a simplepilot phase (focusing on a limited number of strategically chosenproducts), and specialized technical assistance. Top-down purchasingprograms are likely to be more successful where there is high-levelpolitical endorsement and a national procurement law in place, supportedby a network of trained purchasers. Bottom-up (municipally led)purchasing programs require that municipalities have the authority to settheir own purchasing policies, and also benefit from existing networks ofcities, supported by motivated municipal leaders and trained purchasingofficials.},
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