The purchasing toolkit for management and front-line purchasers will provide information and guides on how to set up and implement an energy efficiency procurement plan.

About this Guide

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The purpose of this Guide

This Guide is designed to help Canadian organizations purchase more energy efficient products and equipment. This in turn helps them to reduce their energy consumption, achieve energy cost savings (often 5 – 10% on utility expenses1) and contribute to reducing their environmental impacts.

The Guide is a comprehensive “go-to” resource on energy efficiency procurement, providing guidance to those starting or advancing along the energy efficiency journey.

Professional buyers are already aware of the benefits of energy efficiency procurement and consider energy efficiency in the procurement process. However, they often lack the tools, resources and products that can help them bring more benefits to their organizations. By following the steps and using the tools and resources in this Guide, procurement professionals can demonstrate leadership in energy efficiency procurement and bring a strategic, holistic, well-rounded perspective to their role. Leading supply chain managers look beyond one-off transactions to considering how to bring overall operational efficiencies and infrastructure optimization through the procurement process. This toolkit is a top aid for these forward-thinking buyers and organizations.

Who should use this Guide

The intended audience for the Guide is Senior Decision Makers (executives), Procurement Managers and Buyers from industrial and commercial companies, governments, public sector institutions including hospitals, colleges, universities and school districts, and larger non-profit organizations. Many end users will find this “one-stop shop” tool a handy reference. Energy managers will also find the Guide useful. The Guide is divided into three sections and related appendices. Those who are starting out will find Section 1 and 2 most useful to begin, as these sections detail the business case and stepwise process for implementing an energy efficiency purchasing program. Those who are already engaged in energy efficiency purchasing may skip to Section 3 for tips on planning and implementing their program, and take advantage of the tools and resources profiled in the appendices.