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EnPC-INTRANS Report Summary

Project ID: 649639
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EnPC-INTRANS (Capacity Building on Energy Performance Contracting in European Markets in Transition)

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-02-29

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

EnPC-INTRANS Capacity Building on Energy Performance Contracting in European Markets in Transition
The European Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) sees the increase of EE in public buildings as a corner stone for the achievement of the European energy savings and climate protection targets. These targets are set by the EU for 2030 as follows (EC 2014):
• 40% minimum cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels,
• 27% minimum share of renewable energy in total energy consumption,
• 27% minimum energy savings compared to the business-as-usual scenario.
In order to facilitate and finance EE improvements in public buildings, the EU promotes the concept of energy performance contracting (EPC).
The EnPC-INTRANS project is a European cooperation initated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with European competence centres on EPC based in Croatia, Germany Greece and Slovenia, with a competence centre for e-learning based in Slovakia, and with key actors for the promotion of EPC at the local level in Latvia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine. The project started in March 2015 and will be completed in February 2017. It receives funding from the HORIZON 2020 European Reseach and Innovation Framework Programme of the European Union. This periodic report refers to the first year of project implementation from March 2015 until February 2016.
Partner countries of the project are: Croatia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. These countries have been selected in order to cover a wide range of European markets at different stages of transition towards an energy efficient low-carbon economy. They are represented by the following project partners:
- GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (Germany)
- KEA Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
- EIHP Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (Croatia)
- e-code (Slovakia)
- CRES Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (Greece)
- KSSENA Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region (Slovenia)
- AE3R Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Agency Ploiesti-Prahova (Romania)
- SCTM Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (Serbia)
- FIATU Finance & Technology Ukraine (Ukraine)
- ZREA Zemgale Regional Energy Agency (Latvia)
The overall objective of the project is to increase the market uptake of innovative EPC business models for the implementation of energy efficiency improvement measures in public buildings. This will be achieved by means of implementing large-scale capacity building for local public authorities and their project partners in the design, development, tendering, contracting and implementation of EPC projects. More than 3,000 experts and decision makers on the demand side of the market for EPC in public buildings will be enabled and encouraged to initiate EPC projects in public buildings.
Energy performance contracting (EPC) is an innovative service offered by energy service companies (ESCOs) to building owners. EPC aims at facilitating energy efficiency (EE) improvements in buildings and financing necessary investments and services from guaranteed future energy savings.
The most common EPC business model (here called:“EPC basic”) aims at the implementation of energy saving measures which pay back within 5-15 years from guaranteed energy savings. As a first step towards EPC in public buildings “EPC light” business models may achieve substantial energy savings within 2-3 years contract duration mainly by means of energy management services without any major investments. In established EPC markets “EPC plus” business models may cater for the deep renovation of buildings including both energy saving measures as well as non-energy-related measures like for example the reshaping of the building, refurbishment of structures, modernization of facilities, or update of interiors. In order to pay back from guaranteed energy savings at least for the performed energy saving measures, EPC plus usually requires 10-20 years duration of the guarantee period.
Based on the actual demand in the partner countries, information and capacity development provided during the EnPC-INTRANS project focuses mainly on EPC basic business models. Main target groups for the performed information and capacity building measures (seminars, webinars, information events, and and international conference) are:
- National and local policy makers and authorities.
- Energy agencies providing advice and support on energy issues to local authorities.
- Facilitators and advisers of local public authorities.
- ESCO companies.
- SMEs who would like joining the ESCO market.
- International institutions, as far as they are relevant in the country (e.g. in Ukraine, Serbia).
- Financing institutions.
- Other stakeholders and experts.
It is expected that at least 50 trained trainers and 3,000 trained and informed experts will make use of EnPC-INTRANS project results and will in the future initiate new EPC projects in public buildings in the partner countries. For further dissemination and European-wide replication of projects results, all materials developed in due course of project implementation will be available for free download in English and in all 9 Partner languages vrom the project Website

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The EnPC-INTRANS project started in March 2015 with the active consultation of more than 500 representatives of the project’s target groups in the nine partner countries. 446 of them provided their personal feedback during interviews or by means of completing a pre-structured questionnaire. They prepresent all target groups of the project.. Based on these results, a baseline study was compiled outlining the current state of EPC/ESCO project development and implementation in the public sector of partner countries. This study provides the baseline for the monitoring of impacts achieved during the EnPC-INTRANS project and will be updated during the second year of project implementation.
Results of the stakeholder consultations were also used for a sound assessment of stakeholder opinion on EPC in public buildings in the partner countries as well as for a detailed assessment of training needs which have to be met in order to motivate and enable the EnPC-INTRANS target groups to initiate and implement more EPC projects in public buildings.
In addition to the performed stakeholder consultations, the project partners collected and evaluated European best practices on EPC in public buildings. Major EPC business models were identified and analysed with regard to technical conditions, contract duration, contract structures and conditions, calculation of EPC service fees, and monitoring and verification of guaranteed savings. Lessons learned from implemented EPC projects were evaluated and used for a comparative analysis of specific strengths and weaknesses of specific EPC business models. The results were published in a manual pointing out adapted business models for energy performance contracting in the public sector. The three major business models specified in this manual are:
- EPC basic: Investments in fast energy saving measures paying back all incurred cost from guaranteed savings within 5-15 years.
- EPC light: Energy management services without any major investments, paying back all incurred cost from guaranteed savings within 2-3 years.
- EPC plus: Deep renovation of buildings including energy saving measures and non-energy-related measures, paying back from guaranteed savings only the costs of performed energy saving measures. The necessary guarantee period may exceed 15 years.
The most common EPC business model so far in the market is EPC basic. Therefore, this business model was also focused within further EnPC-INTRANS project activities.
The set of studies compiled during the initial project phase provided the basis for the development of EnPC-INTRANS training materials for capacity building of the public sector in the partner countries. The completed training materials cover all major aspects related to EPC in public buildings and are adapted to be used in one-day on-site seminars, on-line tutorials (webinars), and e-learning courses for remote self-studying. All training concepts and materials aim at enabling interested actors to develop a sound understanding of EPC concepts and ideas and to initiate new EPC projects in their own area of responsibility. EnPC-INTRANS training materials were developed in English and translated to the nine partner languages: Croatian, German, Greek, Latvian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovakia, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. In order to achieve wide dissemination throughout Europe, all training materials are available for free download from the project website
This project website was duly launched in August 2015 and will be kept operational by e-code for at least two years beyond project duration.
Demonstration and final revision of seminar concepts and training materials was done during a training of trainers held in the last week of February 2016 in Bratislava. During this week, 51 trainees from 9 different countries were qualified as trainers for EPC in public buildings. The trainees are committed to using the provided training materials for the implementation of seminars and webinars in all partner countries, and to encouraging experts and stakeholders to make use of EnPC-INTRANS e-learning tools for further self-studies.
A detailed event calendar was developed and published on the project website, inviting interested actors and stakeholders to a series of events including at least 1 one-day seminar, 3 on-line webinars, and 1 road show event in every partner country promoting information and raising awareness of a broader public.
In order to ensure a high level of visibility of the EnPC-INTRANS project and to enhance the European-wide impact of the project, partners launched a number of press releases, social media activities and information campaigns, with an estimated outreach of at least 2 million interested people in the partner countries and all over Europe. This includes general public as well as all specific EnPC-INTRANS target groups, on both the demand and supply side of prospective and emerging markets for EPC in public buildings.
Furthermore, the partners presented the project and its interim results to a number of European networks and events involving key actors on the national and European markets for EPC in public buildings, such as e.g.:
- World Sustainable Energy Days. February 2016, Linz/Austria
- 10th International Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Conference). October 2015, Dubrovnik/Croatia
- Joint Research Centre - Institute for Energy and Transport (JRC-IET) European Workshop on Effective Energy Efficiency Policies, New Financing Instruments, and ESCOs. November 2015, Varese/Italy
- Network of Associations of Local Authorities in South-East Europe (NALAS) Task force on Energy Efficiency. March 2016, Vienna/Austria
- RENEXPO South-East Europe Energy + Efficiency Fair and Conference. November 2015, Bucharest/Romania
- Women4Energy International Conference. December 2015, Stuttgart/Germany
During these European events and several national workshops and conferences, the project partners presented the project, its concept and its intermediate results in presentations and discussions to a total of almost 3,000 European experts and stakeholders.
The final conference is scheduled for 15 November 2016 in Stuttgart-Esslingen/Germany and will provide a platform for presenting and discussing the achieved project results with an international audience of at least 200 experts and stakeholders. . European wide invitation to this conference is going to be launched through the project website and the partners’ own networks.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

It is expected that EnPC-INTRANS triggers in every partner country new EPC projects for the EE refurbishment of at least 40-60 public buildings, which means that energy savings in the range of 60–90 GWh per year and new investments in the range of 60-90 million Euro should be initiated by the project. On the background of permanently increasing energy cost an increasing demand for energy efficiency improvements in public buildings, it was assumed that capacity development of 3,000 stakeholders, experts and decision makers in the public sector and their local advisers will be necessary in order to achieve this outcome.
During the first reporting period (March 2015 – February 2016) the necessary capacity development concepts and materials have been developed, and a sufficient number of trainers were trained in order to facilitate the capacity building of the sufficient stakeholders and experts on the demand side of the market. The EnPC-Intrans project developed an innovative and unique set of training concepts and materials (seminars, webinars, e-learning) on EPC in public buildings that is now available in 10 different European languages and tailored to the specific interest and training needs of public authorities and their local advisers.
Based on these training materials, the capacity development of a sufficient number of stakeholders and experts in the partner countries and abroad will be implemented in a joint effort by the project partners during the second reporting period March 2016 – February 201

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Record Number: 190217 / Last updated on: 2016-11-09