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Regional Market Preparation for Energy Efficiency Services in Public Buildings (PU-BENEFS)

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The project aimed to develop a suitable management framework for assisting public bodies and especially local authorities to implement energy services including energy efficiency by providing efficient tools to meet the needs of public bodies and facilitating the work of ESCOs. The opening of energy markets and the development of energy services represent a good opportunity for local authorities to include energy efficiency measures in their management, and therefore achieve energy savings. However several barriers such as the lack of information on existing mechanisms need to be overcome. Study on the specificity of public bodies and feasibility studies for energy services identified the problem and solution for implementing energy services. Tools and elaborated specifications were developed to assist local authorities for their tenders to implement energy services, allowing having the best offer by ESCOs.


  • Identification of barriers and solutions for the development of energy services thanks to 1. a study on the specificity of public bodies, their legal framework(available on web site), 2. catalogue of best practises in the eight participating countries and regions (available on web site), 3. fourteen feasibility studies including a guideline for carrying feasibility studies (guideline available on web site).
  • A brochure and a CD Rom including the specificity of public procurement, specifications and guidelines for feasibility studies and models of contracts will be created to disseminate the acquired knowledge.
  • Training seminars for technicians of the local authorities will be organised in the 8 countries of the consortium.

Lessons learned

  • Great diversity of the situation for local authorities and public bodies in the 8 countries in relation to energy efficiency services (see the country synthesis on web site).
  • Legal and administrative framework for public authorities has been identified in several partner countries as important obstacles.
  • In some countries like Austria and Germany energy performance contracting is already practiced by local authorities, thus showing constructive ways for the other partners to move on.

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Contact point: 
Valérie Borroni
(33) 4 72 56 33 55
Reinhard Six
0033 4 78 37 29 14


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01/01/2006 to 30/06/2007
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