This is the final report of the project “European Energy Service Initiative towards the EU 2020 energy saving targets” (EESI 2020), which was implemented between 2013 and 2016 by a consortium of European energy agencies and energy experts with support of the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme. The project has been addressing ways to improve the impact of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in 9 European regions.
To improve the sustainability and the scaling up of the business model, EPC schemes on the regional level were supported by creating task forces, by including EPC in regional energy plans and by assisting pilot projects. In nine metropolitan regions, a total of 27 EPC pilot projects have been realised within EESI 2020, with cumulative investments in energy efficiency of more than 26 M€, leading to average energy cost savings more than 30%, reducing CO2 emissions by 16.000 tons per year.
Additionally EESI 2020 promoted the role of EPC facilitators through dedicated capacity building measures: Facilitation materials in 9 languages have been elaborated, including a project database with over 50 best practices, a detailed facilitator guideline and training modules. Furthermore, some 800 energy stakeholders have participated in EPC facilitator trainings within the project, broadening the available expertise to spark further growth in the EPC markets.
This report presents the results of the project, including useful recommendations and lessons learned.
More specifically, to reap in the future the full potential of EPC, the EESI 2020 consortium recommends to:
- recognise and strengthen the role of project facilitators for the realisation of EPC projects and to train more facilitators at national or regional level;
- encourage programmes aimed at improving national frameworks for EPC and financially supporting the EPC clients (e. g. as the National Energy Services Framework in Ireland and the BAFA programme for EPC facilitation in Germany);
- create pragmatic ways to work within and around the recent Eurostat ruling which is having a negative impact on many EPC markets, and to
- put more attention on expanding the private sector EPC market, which is not affected by the Eurostat ruling. While the EPC potential in the public building stock is still large, there is an even larger market potential outside the public building sector.
To download the report, please visit the relevant EESI 2020 webpage at the link below.
See also the relevant BUILD UP News.