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Energy Performance Contracting in the EU: Definitions, Contracts, Processes

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This paper offers a comparison of definitions, model procurement processes
and contract document templates used in energy performance contracting. It is intended for policy makers and building efficiency stakeholders at local, regional, national and European Union levels who are interested in
EPC as a means to reduce the operating costs and environmental impacts of buildings.

A multitude of definitions exist for common terms used in the energy efficiency services industry. In order to demonstrate some commonalities as well as some sources of conflict or confusion among the various definitions, several are provided in annex1 for the following terms: “energy performance contracting,” “energy contracting,” “energy supply contracting,” “energy services company.”

The definitions are from various sources, including: Universities, Local Energy Agencies, International Energy Agency, ESCO associations, ESCO industry, World Energy Council, EU Commission.