Transparense project was presented at the European Utility Week in Vienna on 4 November 2015. The presentation "European EPC Markets and the Code of Conduct as a first step towards harmonisation and standardisation" was held by the Transparense co-ordinator Jana Szomolanyiova and can be downloaded here. She also contributed with the project experiences to the panel discussion: Contract complexity, how to reach standardisation?
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Brochuren opsummerer projektets resultater og giver også en indsigt i EPC Code of Conduct og den seneste udvikling på EPC Markedet.
I denne video kan du få et hurtigt overblik over hvad den europæiske Code of Conduct for Energy Performance Contracting indeholder og hvilken rolle kodeksen forventes at få i forhold til det europæiske EPC marked.
Brand new data have been added into the existing EPC Market Databases which can be found in the website´s menu:
The data draws from a new 2015 Transparense survey distributed to European countries' most relevant energy services companies and EPC market facilitators. Altogether, 112 EPC providers and facilitators from 20 countries across Europe filled in the survey including the largest EPC providers. The survey had been made available online in order to make the distribution process as easy as possible.
The new survey represents a follow-up to the survey carried out in 2013 aimed at obtaining information on the EPC market in the EU. The survey again covers four key areas: existing ESCOs and national EPC market, EPC models, financing models and policy initiatives.
Thanks to the same survey design, comparisons between the years 2013 and 2015 can be made easily. A summary on the new data and the development since the last survey is being prepared and will be published soon.
The European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services (EFIEES) and the European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.esco) become official European co-administrators of the European Code of Conduct for Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) as of 1st September 2015.
The European Code of Conduct for EPC (EPC Code of Conduct) has been developed within the project Transparense1 co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union. The EPC Code of Conduct is a voluntary commitment which defines the basic values and principles that are considered fundamental for the successful preparation and implementation of EPC projects within European countries.
The EPC Code of Conduct already has a significant number of signatories across Europe2 and is being put into practice. It has been successfully used to introduce clients to the EPC concept and has been seen as a unique selling proposition.
"The main role of the European Code of Conduct for EPC is to bring confidence to the EPC market in the EU, taking into account its variety across Member States," says Valérie Plainemaison, Secretary General of the European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services (EFIEES).
"It is a positive sign towards the market and a resilient foundation for long-term business development," says Volker Dragon, Chairman of the European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.esco).
As a proven energy service model, EPC offers the opportunity to make a significant contribution in meeting the EU's carbon and energy targets.
Notes for editors:
The European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services (EFIEES) represents private companies (Energy Efficiency Services Companies, EESCs) providing an overall energy management service to end users. Website: www.efiees.eu
The European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.esco) was founded in 2009 by the European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac). Website: www.euesco.org
For more information, please contact:
EFIEES: Katarzyna Wardal | +32 2 230 65 50 | firstname.lastname@example.org
eu.esco: Andrei Litiu | +32 2 706 82 02 | email@example.com
1 The EPC Code of Conduct is available on Transparense project's website: www.transparense.eu
2 For the time being, there are 161 signatories in Europe: 118 EPC providers, 12 associations of EPC providers and 31 other entities operating on the EPC market.
European Code of Conduct for EPC and other Transparense project main outcomes have been presented on Public workshop on innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewables on 28 April 2015 in Brussels organised by the EASME - Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises of the European Commission. See the presentation here.
Up-scaling investments in energy efficiency and renewables is a major challenge to meet the European Union's energy and climate targets for 2030. Lack of public resources requires new approaches to investment. Local and regional authorities have a key role to play in mobilising stakeholders, developing projects pipelines and creating the business case for attracting private investment.
This shift to innovative financing approaches is supported by the European Union's Project Development Assistance (PDA) facilities such as ELENA Intelligent Energy Europe PDA funding to launch up to EUR 4 billion of investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, focused on existing public and private buildings, street lighting, district heating and clean urban transport. Most PDA projects are developing innovative solutions to finance investments through private capital in a sustainable manner.
The workshop focused on operational solutions implemented by local and regional authorities when developing a pipeline of investments, as well as the achievements of on-going projects focused on innovative financing approaches.
On 31 March 33 parties have signed the European Code of Conduct for Energy Performance Contracting, a set of guidelines, values and principles that are fundamental for a successful implementation of EPC projects (EPCs) in Europe. The Code of Conduct was developed within the IEE project ‘Transparense’ with partners from 20 different EU countries. ECN represents the Netherlands in this project.
“ECN has introduced the code in the Netherlands and cooperates with ESCoNetwerk.nl to ensure that as many companies as possible adopt the code. The fact that so many new companies have endorsed the code is good news for clients of EPC providers. They have gained a better understanding of what to expect and demand from EPC-providers”, says Marijke Menkveld, senior consultant at ECN.
The companies that have endorsed the Code of Conduct are recognized parties in de ESCo industry, a.o.: Cofely, BAM, Strukton, Eneco, Siemens, Honeywell, Ovvia, Veolia, GETEC, Greenfox and in the real estate and financial sector such as CBRE Global Investors, Schiphol Real Estate, Energiefonds Overijssel and the ASN Bank.
EPCs are a relatively new and smart way to achieve energy savings in real estate. The contracts include a commitment to guaranteed energy savings for several years. The client and supplier (the Energy Service Company) come to an agreement on the sustainability (measures, guarantees, refunds, etc.). ESCo’s remain involved in the project for a longer period of time and retrieve their investments from the realised energy savings. This way ESCo’s can enable the client to focus on their core business.
Energy Performance Contracts require a non-traditional relationship between contractor and client, for long-term partnerships require different behaviour and a new mindset. Therefore the European Code of Conduct for Energy Performance Contracts was developed; EPC providers who are signatories of the EPC Code are committed to carry out EPC projects in accordance with the principles of the Code of Conduct.
The European Commission DG JRC analyses and researches the activities and development of ESCO as part of Scientific & Technical Reference System on Renewable Energy and Energy End-use Efficiency in order to provide accurate information to policy makers, experts and other interested parties. The latest ESCO Market Report for the EU Member States and neighbouring countries, relative to the market situation in year 2013, is now available.
The report concludes that the current forecasts regarding the 2020 target for energy efficiency is on the way to being achieved. The Commission does not intend to propose new measures but calls on the Member States to step up their current efforts to ensure collective delivery of the 2020 target. The Commission will complement these efforts with appropriate guidance and dissemination of best practice to ensure full exploitation of the available Union funds.
The Commission's Communication on a 2030 policy framework for climate and energy identified a level of energy savings of 25% as part of a strategy to deliver the 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction target in the most cost-effective manner. However, given the increased relevance of bolstering EU energy security and reducing the Union's import dependency, the Commission considers it appropriate to propose a higher target of 30%. This would increase the costs of the 2030 Framework by €20 billion per annum but would still deliver tangible economic and energy security benefits.
You can download the full report here.
The EPC Code of Conduct defines a set of fundamental values expected from ESCO's in the preparation and implementation of EPC projects. The Code is a strong statement and quality label for ESCO's signing to respect it.
On August 28th the Agoria Green Building Platform organizes the official launching seminar in Brussels, where the Code of Conduct will be presented. Check the program here (French) or here (Dutch), where you can also find the link to register.
Transparense afholdte den 25. juni 2014, i samarbejde med DI Energi, en workshop omkring anvendelse af EPC Code of Conduct i Danmark.
Materiale fra workshoppen kan downloades her:
Seminaret finder sted Onsdag den 2. April 2014 kl. 13-16 hos Aalborg Kommune, Miljø- og Energiforvaltningen.
Vil du modtage nyhedsbrevet kan du sende en mail til firstname.lastname@example.org
Det første nyhedsbrev kan downloades her
Transparense project will be presented at the European conference ESCO Europe 2014 that will take place in January 22-23 in Barcelona.
ESCO Europe 2014 will bring together Europe's ESCOs to discuss EPC business models and results at Europe's largest conference dedicated to energy performance contracting. Initial results from the Transparense project will be presented by Jana Szomolányiová and Vladimír Sochor, SEVEn. For more information about the conference, please visit www.esco-europe.com/programme.
EC Network / ManagEnergy gennemførte den 14 november 2013 en EU Networking event i Vilnius, Litauen, som et led i EU's EPC kampagne.
Eventen blev afholdt i samarbejde med det litauiske miljøministerie og samlede omkring 70 deltagere.
Litauen er et af de EU lande hvor EPC konceptet endnu ikke har været anvendt i praksis grundet en række barrierrer, herunder finansiering, mangel på viden samt manglende tillid til konceptet. Eventen viste dog en stor interesse for at lære nærmere om konceptet og hvordan det i praksis kan implementeres og anvendes i Litauen. Der blev efterfølgende nedsat en litauisk koordineringsgruppe m.h.p. at identificere løsninger til nedbrydning af de eksisterende barrierrer.
På eventen blev præsenteret international erfaring frs Danmark og Letland.
Martin Dam Wied fra GATE 21 præsenterede den generelle danske erfaring og Henrik Aabye fra Frederiksberg kommune præsenterede kommunen's 20 MEUR ESCO projekt for offentlige bygninger.
Kaj Leonhart Petersen fra EC Network / ManagEnergy repræsenterede EU's EPC kampagne.
Donwload præsentationer, se fotos og læs mere her:
Som et led i EU's EPC kampagne har EC Network / ManagEnergy afholdt en workshop sammen med UK REFIT programmet i London.
Læs highlights, se video og download præsentationer her:
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