As part of its daily activities, the Energy Community Secretariat engages into procurement activities to maintain the functioning of the organization and to support the implementation of the Energy Community’s tasks.
In line with its commitment to improve the organization’s environmental performance, the Secretariat set up Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) in 2020. The Secretariat's Environmental Programme 2020 - 2021 is backed up with a series of action aiming to incorporate sustainability into its everyday procurement and purchasing activities. Depending on the contract matter, specific environmental requirements will be outlined in our tender documents. For small amount purchases, the Secretariat elaborated internal green purchase tips, which are tailored to the categories of products and services concerned. In this way, the Secretariat opts for acquiring works, goods and services that have minimal environmental, social and economic impacts.
The Secretariat has also recently committed to promote gender equality (Just transition). One way to enforcing it, is through gender-responsive procurement. When the subject of the contract allows, we will seek to collaborate with these suppliers, who give importance to gender equality in their work and put in place relevant policies. To the extent possible, the Secretariat will also request gender balanced teams for the execution of contracts.