PROCEDIN and “Mayors Talk”: Exploring Innovations for Sustainable Energy

Gabrovo Municipality, in collaboration with the Municipal Energy Efficiency Network EcoEnergy and the Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect, recently organised a highly anticipated discussion forum titled “Mayors Talk”. Held on July 10th and 11th, at the Ritual Hall of the Gabrovo Municipality, this event garnered support from the Gabrovo Regional Information Centre and media partnership with 3e-news. With the central theme of “Innovations for Sustainable Energy,” the forum served as a platform for mayors, communication specialists, polling agencies, journalists, and experts to explore the critical role of local authorities in implementing transformative solutions for sustainable energy.

The first day of the forum focused on exploring the pivotal role of local authorities in fostering and implementing innovative solutions for sustainable energy. Attendees engaged in thought-provoking discussions about effective stakeholder engagement, successful communication strategies, and the potential of innovation to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy within their municipalities.

One of the highlights of the forum was the participation of PROCEDIN in the panel discussion titled “Public procurement: barriers or support integration of innovation in municipal projects”. Led by Valentina Schippers-Opejko, PROCEDIN brought its expertise to the table by delivering a comprehensive training session on the Legal Framework of Market Consultation. The training session delivered by the Municipality of Haarlem covered essential aspects such as the Market Consultation roadmap, real-life case examples, and opportunities for scaling up innovative projects. The insightful session provided mayors and attendees with valuable knowledge and practical insights to facilitate the effective integration of innovation in municipal projects.

The presentation delivered by Valentina Schippers-Opejko on behalf of the PROCEDIN Project during the panel discussion is available for download. This resource offers a comprehensive overview of Market Consultation, including practical examples and opportunities for scaling up sustainable energy projects.

The “Mayors Talk” forum served as a vibrant platform for stakeholders to come together and explore innovative solutions for sustainable energy. With a primary focus on the role of local authorities, the event emphasised the significance of stakeholder engagement, effective communication, and harnessing innovation potential to drive sustainable energy practices. PROCEDIN‘s participation, particularly the training provided on Market Consultation, added immense value by equipping attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the integration of innovative solutions in municipal projects.

The next training in the series of the PROCEDIN Legal Framework training sessions in the context of Public Procurement of Innovation will be taking place on the 21st of September, 2023.

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