Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 180-190 July-September 2010

 

TECHNOLOGICAL PROCUREMENTS AS A TOOL TO ENHANCE THE BRAZILIAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PUBLIC POLICIES

 

Sizenando Silveira Alves*, Marco Antonio Saidel and Luiz Fernando Kurahassi

Research on Energy Group at the Power Systems Engineering Department, Engineering School of the University of Sao Paulo Sao Paulo (BRAZIL)

 

Received on : April 15, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

Energy efficiency is a significant issue in terms of natural resource conservation and climate change, particularly due to the accruing fuel savings and reduced emission of greenhouse gases. Technological Procurements that aim at enhancing energy efficiency indexes and include in their clauses large initial purchases are powerful market transformation tools, both by introducing in the market and increasing the market share of the products and services developed in their wake. Although such market transformation is a key component for energy efficiency policies, the Brazilian legal framework is currently quite unfavourable to this particular kind of bidding (Law 8666/93 on Public Biddings). In order to provide a base on which to discuss in which way to modify this legal framework so as to better allow for those Procurements and the rationales behind such alterations, the working mechanism of this type of public bidding will be described and results of similar initiatives around the world will be summarized. Related Brazilian law will be briefly reported on. Preliminary findings give reason to believe that it is possible to make those Technological Procurements fully feasible in the Brazilian case, by enacting new legislation in the mould of the Technological Innovation Law (Decree 5563/2005), which on its turn will allow for significant contributions for the development of Brazilian technologies in energy efficiency, better Brazilian energy policies and enhanced protection to the environment in Brazil.

 

Keywords : Energy efficiency, Public policies, Technological procurements, Technological Innovation Law.

 

 

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