The EU project PRIMES supports buyers in municipalities and the region in an effort to use public procurement strategically to achieve their objectives on climate and energy. The project ensures dialogue with key people in the municipalities and the region to develop the best possible procurement criteria in specific energy-relevant purchases. Many municipalities have green procurement strategies, but do not have easy access to expert energy knowledge at the time when the tendering criteria must be developed. This hampers the implementation of the strategies.

The goal of the project is to:

  • support and improve the energy efficiency of 20 municipal contracts, by way of so-called ‘interventions’
  • develop 15 case studies of energy-efficient purchasing
  • communicate and anchor the knowledge of green procurement in the municipalities; at strategic and operational level for managers, buyers and technical management

Additionally, the project is measured on the size of CO2 reductions that are created through changes in procurement criteria.
The project helps to calculate and illustrate the potential savings, as well as other development potentials of the municipality by making energy requirements in tenders and choosing energy-efficient technologies and solutions. The project gives purchasers the professional input and feedback to develop criteria in specific tenders.

PRIMES also anchors energy knowledge, new technologies and good case studies for the region’s purchasers, which they can use in future energy-efficient procurement.





Holbæk Municipality, Energy Cluster Center Zealand, EC Network

Danish cooperation partners: Kalundborg, Køge, Lejre, Odsherred, Ringsted, Roskilde and Slagelse municipalities, The Zealand region, FUS (Common Procurement Zealand) and SEAS-NVE


The Latvian Environmental Investment Fund


Regional Energy Agency North (REAN), UNDP Croatia


Regional energy and environment agency in the Rhône-Alpes region


ANCI Liguria, IRE SpA


Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, The County Administrative Board of Kronoberg, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability


The project is funded by the EU program Intelligent Energy Europe.

Partner budget: 855.000 DKK

Total budget: 11.960.000 DKK


November 2013 – November 2016

Project Leader

Holbæk Municipality

More information

Lærke Møller Toftlund, project leader Center for Energy Conversion

PRIMES has its own website,

The project has focused on procurement within the area of energy renovation for buildings, including funding and how public buildings fit into the surrounding energy, lighting, transport, green energy and general products – including appliances and chemistry. The direct link to the project’s case studies can be found here