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Quality certification frameworks for Energy Efficiency services to scale up responsible investment in the building sector

Quality certification frameworks for Energy Efficiency services to scale up responsible investment in the building sector

Objective

The QualitEE-project aims to scale up investment in building energy efficiency by establishing quality certification frameworks for energy efficiency services across Europe, which do not exist currently. Quality certification frameworks from other sectors are constituted by the following elements; specification of standardised quality criteria, institutionalisation of the quality assurance process,and active promotion schemes.


Quality certification frameworks go beyond the presentation of model contracts,directly addressing the main challenges for energy efficiency markets (EEFIG, 2015):

i) Market heterogeneity and lack of standardisation makes it costly for clients to differ between “good quality” and “bad quality” services and lead to customers’ lack of trust;
ii) Financial Institutions perceive the “technical risk” of energy efficiency services as opaque and are thus hesitant in making financing decisions;
iii) Heterogeneity of services and service providers and lack of standardised project assessment tools restrict bundling of small investments in individual energy services into tradeable bonds,preventing access to secondary capital markets.


QualitEE will address these challenges by:

- Establishing national promotion teams to form the institutional nucleus for quality certification frameworks; participation of energy efficiency associations, accredited certification bodies, national authorities and financial institutions has been confirmed.
- Developing guidelines on EU-wide standardised “technical quality criteria” and “minimum financial information” related to energy efficiency services.
- Applying quality criteria and quality certification processes in pilot projects.
- Establishing national quality assurance business cases and promotion to ensure market uptake.


QualitEE will contribute to market expansion through standardisation and quality assurance of energy efficiency services in an institutional framework that is sustained beyond the end of the project.

Coordinator

E7 ENERGIE MARKT ANALYSE

Address

Walcherstrasse 11/43
1020 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 286 855

Participants (11)

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FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES SERVICESEN EFFICACITE ET INTELLIGENCE ENERGETIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 89 585

EEVS INSIGHT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 197 092,50

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 86 317,50

ARBEITSGEMEINSCHAFT ASEW c/o VKU

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 119 903,75

CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 84 300

EKODOMA

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 120 900

ENERGETICKE CENTRUM BRATISLAVA

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 81 430

CREARA CONSULTORES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 156 337,50

SEVEN, THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY CENTER Z.U.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 150 750

FACTOR 4 BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 138 162,50

BLACK SEA ENERGY RESEARCH

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 92 085

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 754017

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    30 June 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

H2020-EU.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 603 718,75

  • EU contribution

    € 1 603 718,75

Coordinated by:

E7 ENERGIE MARKT ANALYSE

Austria