On the 20th of September we had the pleasure to host the kick off meeting of XPRESS (Support for Public Procurements to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and public sector for the development and adoption in renewables in regions), a project funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by APRE – the Agency for the Promotion of European Research whose main objective is to facilitate the introduction of innovative renewables (RES) technologies and increase the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption. XPRESS will focus initially on selected cities and municipalities within UK, Italy, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Slovakia, Portugal and Belgium with the goal of extending the analysis and the involvement to wider regions within those countries. The project will demonstrate the positive impact of innovative Green Public Procurements (GPPs) on cities and municipalities and SMEs in terms of energy savings, energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions.

The project will demonstrate how innovative GPPs could positively impact on cities, municipalities and SMEs in terms of energy savings, energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions and the 16 project partners – among which INSME – will be committed to facilitate the introduction of innovative Renewable Energy Sources-RES technologies and increase the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption.

The meeting was also attended by Mr. Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, Project Officer at INEA, the EU Innovation and Networks Executive Agency who expressed appreciation for the work the consortium carried out during the preparatory phase and encouraged all partners to keep on the good approach adopted so far that has to be translated into action in the next 36 months.

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