Innovative Procurement Frameworks for Energy Performance Contracting in the UK Public Sector Innovative procurement frameworks for energy performance contracting in the UK public sector

Colin Nolden, Steve Sorrell, Friedemann Polzin, Matias Ramirez, Matias Ramirez@sussex, Joe Tidd, Carlos Sato, Maria Savona, Mariana Mazzucato, Colin Nolden, Steve Sorrell, Friedemann Polzin
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