Task 3 – Co-operative Procurement of Innovative Technologies for Demand-Side Management


Task 3 was carried out between 1994 and 1999 with eight countries and the European Commission as participants. A procedure for collaborative procurement actions for the introduction of innovative, more energy efficient products was developed and tested in a number of pilot projects. Concrete results included a clothes drier with the energy use cut by half (the first “Class A” drier), electric motors with losses reduced by 20-40%, and a “copier of the future” where the energy use was reduced down to 25%.

After evaluation of proposals and prototypes, the suppliers of the clothes drier, the electric motor and the copier received the IEA DSM Award of Excellence introduced by Task 3. The products were thereafter commercially available.

A major conclusion from Task 3 was that the creation of buyer groups, formulation of performance criteria and creation of mechanisms for recognition are some of the important elements in co-operative procurement efforts.

Achieved Results

  • Report on Co-operative Procurement
  • Market Acceptance for Innovative Energy-Efficient Technologies
  • IEA DSM Award of Excellence ceremony
  • IEA Drier Promotion Competition
  • IEA Hi-Motors Competition
  • IEA Copier of the Future Competition
  • Lessons learned summarised in the Final Management Report

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Task 3: Final Management Report – Co-operative Procurement of Innovative Technologies, May 2000
Task 3: Appendices Task 3 Final Management Report, May 2000
Task 3: (Published Book) Co-operative Procurement – Market Acceptance for Innovative Energy-Efficient Technologies

Task 3 Flyer

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Denmark, European Commission, Finland, Korea (South), Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

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Operating Agent:  Hans Westling, Promandat AB, Sweden

Ms. Maria Rizzo, Denmark
Mr. Paolo Bertoldi, European Commission
Mr. Heikki Härkönen, Finland
Mr. Seppo Silvonen, Finland
Dr. Dae-Gyun Oh, Republic of Korea
Dr. Kwan-Hong Shin, Republic of Korea
Mr. Réne Kemna, Netherlands
Mr. Hans-Paul Siderius, Netherlands
Mr. Fernando Borbon, Spain
Mr. Nils Borg, Sweden
Mr. Egil Öfverholm, Sweden
Ms. Heini-Marja Suvilehto, Sweden
Dr. Paul Davidson, United Kingdom
Mr. Paul White, United Kingdom
Mr. Marc LaFrance. United States
Ms. Rachel Schmeltz, United States
Mr. Jeffrey Harris, United States

Task duration: October 1993 – December 1999

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