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Webinar: Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future through innovative business models and price based service contracts - 21 Apr @ 3pm CET

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) has existed for a number of years, but in many European countries it is still not commonly used. What kind of business model innovations will drive uptake of service and performance based contracts? How can the EPC business model be made more attractive to all the parties involved?

21 April 2020 - 21 April 2020
Cork, Ireland

The European Union has developed the Clean Energy for all Europeans package, which aims to facilitate the transition away from fossil fuels towards cleaner energy and to deliver on the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Among other goals, it sets a target to improve energy efficiency by 32.5% and a target of 32% share for renewable energy by 2030, for European Union countries. These are highly ambitious targets and achieving them will require significant upgrades to be made to buildings to ensure that they are capable of responding to the comfort needs of the occupants, whilst providing flexibility to the grid when required.

This webinar will explain how two Horizon 2020 funded projects are testing innovative business models that will combine building level flexibility with Energy Performance Contracting to accelerate the transition to a low carbon future. Hosted by NOVICE and AmBIENCe, the webinar will demonstrate how to extract the most value from a building’s energy assets, which building segments would be most suitable for deploying these innovative business models and which countries have the right legal framework to support them. The impact of combining Energy Performance Contracting and Demand Response on occupant comfort and project bankability will also be explored.

15:00 - 15:05 – Welcome, introduction and context (NOVICE partner)
• Context: Clean Energy for all Europeans requires 32% share renewable energy for all EU countries
• Problem: Renewable energy is highly fluctuating, causing imbalances in the electric market
• This webinar will explain how combining Energy Performance Contracting and demand response could help balance the electric grid.

15:05 - 15:30 – AmBIENCe project (Maarten De Groote – VITO)
• Energy Performance Contracting models
• Active building Energy Performance Contracting
• Business value of demand response in active building Energy Performance Contracting

15:30 - 15:45 – NOVICE project (Jo Southernwood – IERC)
• Overview: what is an Enhanced Energy Performance Contract and what are the benefits?
• Case studies and lessons learned: Impact of demand response on thermal comfort of occupants

15:45 - 16:00 – Q&A (NOVICE partner)

• Understand the benefits and barriers of combining Energy Performance Contracting and Demand Response
• Discover which types of buildings are most suitable for this business model
• Learn in which countries this model can be adopted and where the current legislation needs to change to allow for more mature Energy Performance Contracting or Demand Response markets
• Learn about the impact of combining Energy Performance Contracting and Demand Response on the project bankability

Registration is now open:


epc, demand response, energy efficiency