Danish Hospital wins European Award for successful Energy Services
- European Energy Service Award (EESA) Ceremony at Red Town Hall in Berlin
- Senator Ramona Pop: „We need innovative enterprises for a successful energy transition.”
- Award honours successful Energy Service Projects in the European Union
The Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark has won one of four prizes at this year’s European Energy Service Award (EESA) ceremony. The winners of the competition have been honoured today within a high level award ceremony at Red Town Hall Berlin by Berlin’s Senator for Economy, Energy and Public Enterprises, Ramona Pop, CEO of Berliner Energieagentur (BEA), Michael Geissler, as well as jury member, Dr. Julije Domac (FEDARENE – European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment).
By implementing renewable energies, installing intelligent building control systems as well as the introduction of an energy management system, the Danish Hvidovre Hospital achieved high energy and CO2 emission savings. The measures were implemented by an external service company based on an Energy Performance Contract (EPC).
BEA awarded this prize for the tenth time. In cooperation with the European Commission and within the project guarantEE, the EESA honours once again outstanding European projects and institutions in the field of energy services. Further winners are Dublin’s Energy Agency (Codema), the Local Development Agency of Liège area (GRE-Liège) with the project RenoWatt and the Italian construction company Edilvi S.p.A.
Ms Pop, Senator for Economics, emphasized in her laudation, that energy efficiency is the key to a successful energy transition and climate protection. “We need more enterprises developing innovative technologies and business models and getting active in that kind of market and thus increasing regional value creation in a sustainable way. This is why I congratulate the prize winners for their lighthouse projects, hoping that their projects are to be replicated in whole Europe.”
BEA-CEO Michael Geissler said: „Good frameworks for energy service models are the key for more energy efficiency in Europe. The EESA and projects like guarantEE demonstrate with best practices across Europe the advantages of Energy Performance Contracting and other models in terms of financing and implementation of energy efficiency measures.”
The winners were selected by an international jury of experts. Members of the jury were Dr. Julije Domac (FEDARENE – European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment), Terry McCallion (European Bank for Reconstruction and Developpement), Paolo Bertoldi (European Commission) and Ralf Goldmann (European Investment Bank).
The prize winners are
Category „Best Energy Service Project“
Energy Performance Contacting Project at Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark: In cooperation with Siemens, eight buildings were equipped with a central building management system, the lighting was renewed, an energy management system was implemented, photovoltaic and wind power plants were installed as well as wide-ranging measures in the field of air-conditioning and ventilation were implemented. Thus, the Danish hospital achieved not only savings of around 23 per cent in electricity and 41 per cent in heat but also more than 4.000 tons CO2.
RenoWatt: A One Stop Shop Facilitating Energy Performance Contracting for Public Authorities in Belgium: Within the project RenoWatt, the Local Development Agency of Liège area (GRE-Liège) supports 13 municipalities in Belgium in implementing energy saving measures like for example the insulation of roofs, windows or the building envelope, the usage of renewable energy or optimization of building operation in public buildings. Therein, the agency supports the tendering process, helps to choose energy service companies (ESCOs) and performs energy audits. Thus RenoWatt contributes to strengthen the local economy while reducing energy costs by 22 million Euros and prime energy consumption by 32 GWh per year. The experiences are shared within workshops and conferences with further municipalities.
Category „Best European Energy Service Provider“
The Italian construction company Edilvi S.p.A. developed an innovative standardization process for energy related renovation and modernisation of buildings by using Energy Performance Contracting. Within this process, the different needs, structures and financial possibilities of private households, companies and public authorities are taken into account. Based on this data, optimal energy saving measures could already be successfully implemented and many buildings could be transformed into „Nearly Zero Emission Buildings“. These are now labelled as „CasaSmartPlus“.
Category „Best European Energy Service Promoter“
Energy Agency Dublin (Codema): Founded as a Non-Profit Organisation by Dublin City Council, Codema works together with local authorities in order to help meet their energy performance targets through professional development and implementation of good and best practice. Codema supported as project facilitator implementing Ireland’s first Energy Performance Contracting Project at Dublin municipality in three sports- and fitness centres. Thus, the municipality saves around 165.000 Euro energy costs and 639 tons of CO2 per year. With wide-ranging communication and marketing measures, Codema ensures that other public buildings and municipalities learn from this best practice in order to replicating further Energy Performance Contracting Project.
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