Annual savings of 4.2 million € by using Energy Performance Contracts? EESI 2020 shows that it's possible!

Annual savings of 4.2 million € by using Energy Performance Contracts? EESI 2020 shows that it's possible!

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Although many European cities have committed to energy saving actions, non-technological barriers are still delaying the use of Energy Performance Contracts as a tool to open up saving potentials. The EU funded project EESI 2020 addressed these barriers and supported the implementation of long-lasting energy saving measures in major cities and metropolitan regions across Europe. But what were the results? The implementation of the first public Energy Performance Contracts in Croatia was one of the biggest achievements.

The project, implemented between 2013 and 2016 by a consortium of nine European energy agencies and experts from nine countries, addressed energy savings in buildings in major cities and metropolitan regions across Europe (Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Graz, Prague, Oslo, Sofia and Zagreb), including three Croatian schools which are the first public energy performance contracts in the country. These schools reduced their energy consumption by almost one third.


EPC in primary school in Vojnic - Croatia

What is an Energy Performance Contract?

An Energy Performance Contract allows funding of energy upgrades in buildings from cost reductions. An external organisation (the Energy Service Company - ESCO) designs and implements energy efficiency measures and guarantees energy savings for the duration of the contract. And the good news is that those savings are then used to repay the investment costs.

Tackling non-technical barriers

The EESI 2020 project experts believe that the barriers to Energy Performance Contracting are mainly of a non-technical character. These barriers can only be overcome through professional guidance from qualified project facilitators, who can easily explain the complexity of the contract model and build trust among the contracting parties. To tackle this big challenge, the project trained more than 800 facilitators on the use of Energy Performance Contracting and supported building owners in the planning and implementation of energy saving projects.

Energy savings figures

The 27 pilot projects developed triggered investments in energy efficiency for almost EUR 27 million. This led to overall savings of more than EUR 4.2 million/yr (with an average guaranteed energy saving of 30% per project), over 6,000 toe/year of primary energy savings and a reduction of more than 16,000 tonnes of CO2e/year.

Spreading the word

EESI 2020 dissemination activities included the development of an Energy Performance Contracting promotion platform, the preparation of several promotional videos and the organisation of the European Energy Service Awards, which honoured companies and projects for outstanding efforts and achievements in energy services.

Find out more about the results of EESI 2020 project.


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