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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

we are pleased to present to you the 3rd newsletter of the EU project "Energy Efficiency with Performance Guarantees in Private and Public Sector” (guarantEE).

This edition shows that the promotion on EPC in Germany and Europe has been progressing intensively during the last months: German Energy Agency dena commissioned Berliner Energieagentur to building up national contact points for EPC in Germany and to enable other energy agencies in the use of EPC. Furthermore Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, has published an updated guidance note on the recording of energy performance contracts in government accounts. Besides that, we are proud to announce, that the enlargement of the pool of providers of the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Online Pre-Check Tool, which has been developed within the guarantEE project, has enlarged as it is now used by EnergieAgentur.NRW.

We wish you an instructive and enjoyable reading of this third issue of the guarantEE newsletter.

Your guarantEE Team

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_Berliner Energieagentur helps building up national contact points for EPC

In the federal countries of Germany, market development and expert knowledge on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) are at different stages of development. To fostering the use of EPC, an expert exchange is needed to making less-EPC-expert countries learning from EPC-expert countries.

Sharing experiences on EPC

This is why German Energy Agency dena commissioned Berliner Energieagentur (BEA) and KEA Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg GmbH to building up contact points for EPC and to enabling other German Energy Agencies within regional workshops and trainings for the use of EPC. The mission will be realized within a competence centre contracting for buildings (“Kompetenzzentrum Contracting für Gebäude”). Therein dena organizes a Federal and State-Dialog (“Bund-Länder-Dialog) that aims on the promotion of contracting models, especially EPC.

Berliner Energieagentur: Long-term expertise on EPC

BEA is an experienced partner due to its long term experiences: since 1996, BEA has successfully launched and managed 26 Energy Saving Partnerships with more than 1,300 public buildings and more than 500 properties in Berlin. The Energy Saving Partnership has been developed by BEA and the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development (Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection). It is a proven model for EPC in the public sector.

Picture: EPC-expert at Berliner Energieagentur © Berliner Energieagentur

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_Eurostat clarifies how to record energy performance contracts in national accounts

In September 2017 Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, has published an updated guidance note on the recording of energy performance contracts (EPCs) in government accounts.

The revised guidance note clarifies the accounting rules applied to the treatment of energy performance contracts. It follows up on the work already undertaken by Eurostat to clarify the accounting rules for various types of public investment, including the Guide to the Statistical Treatment of Public Private Partnerships published last year.

Energy performance contracts in the public sector offer a practical solution to make public buildings and other public infrastructures more energy efficient, as the initial investment can be covered by a private partner and repaid by guaranteed energy savings. However, frequently this type of contract simultaneously contains elements of a rental, service, lease, purchase or loan agreement, making its recording complex. At the request of Member States, Eurostat has worked with National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) to reflect on the most appropriate recording of EPCs in government accounts, resulting in the guidance note published.

The guidance note is available to download here.

Read more on the website of the European Comission (Original Source: Press release of the European Comission)

Picture: The revised guidance note clarifies the accounting rules applied to the treatment of energy performance contracts. © Berliner Energieagentur

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_guarantEE mid-term project meeting in Antwerp

On 13 and 14 November 2017 the delegates of the 14 guarantEE project partners together with the EU project advisor met in Antwerp for the mid-term project meeting. The guarantEE project aims to foster the use of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in the public and private sector across Europe.

The delegates presented their intermediate project results and discussed how to implement at least 33 pilot projects within the 2nd half of the project, focussing on private sector buildings and innovative energy service models adequately sharing costs and benefits between user, building owner and ESCO (triple-win approach).

During the meeting the project partners presented a list of 127 potential projects. These projects will now be shortlisted and followed-up to reach the target of 33 signed EPC contracts by the end of the project, leading to savings of 78 GWh primary energy and 18,000 t CO2 per year.

Picture: guarantEE project meeting in Antwerp. © Joe Hayden

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_Energy Transition needs innovation and leadership

On 6 October 2017 the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) organized an EPC facilitators training in Utrecht. RVO.nl invited international and national experts as key-note speakers for a mini college. 15 EPC facilitators participated, as well as several financial and legal experts.

According to Jan Bleyl, advisor to the IEA, the question is not IF we should implement EE, but HOW to implement best? Because EE leads to multiple benefits. Building owners should come to a “Make or Buy” decision and should make use of EPC in case they opt for “Buy”, because it is a proven construction. Bleyl also calls for leadership: “We need decisive leaders who believe in this approach.”

According to Petra Heemskerk, lawyer at CMS “Building owners have fear for the unknown, want to be in control and to follow the rules, and are very traditional in procurement. We need innovation. Most building owners think tendering is quite complex, but European Procurement regulation offers many opportunities.”

André Salomonson, expert at ResetManagement stated. “In fact we have to deal with an Energy Transition. We have to create trust and support, and we have to break through existing patterns. Energy Transition needs unreasonable people.”

The main conclusion was that we need an enormous acceleration and breakthrough to realize our EE goals. EPC is an important way to increase the sustainability of real estate. This Energy Transition calls for leadership, ambition and new cooperation models.

Picture: Participants of EPC facilitators training in Utrecht. © RVO.nl

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_EPC Online Tool now available for clients of EnergieAgentur NRW

The Online Pre-Check for Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), developed within the guarantEE project, is a useful tool that helps building owners and facility managers finding out if their facilities might be suitable for EPC. Now there is a new version online, that has been adopted to the needs of EnergieAgentur NRW (Germany) in an attractive layout. The tool is available on the website of EnergieAgentur NRW.

Finding out in less than 5 minutes, if EPC works for the property

EPC is a proven energy service model for financing energy modernization of buildings with guaranteed energy cost reductions. It allows building owners and facility managers to transfer technical risks to an energy service company (ESCO) while been given fixed performance guarantees by the ESCO.

In less than 5 minutes interested building owners or managers can find out if EPC could work for them.

The EPC Online Pre-Check tool has been developed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). The instrument is used by the 14 guarantEE partners and is therefore be available in many languages.

Find out in less than 5 minutes if an EPC could work for you, and use the EPC Pre-Check, for free: http://epccheck.eu  

Watch the video to learn more about the EPC Pre-Check: https://youtu.be/wudenjYm0qo

Flyer, with more information on the EPC Pre-Check (Project leaflet):
http://guarantee-project.eu/knowledgebase/

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_Events

23 January 2018
Save the date! GuarantEE Webinar on Measurement and Verification

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Factor4 from Belgium present a webinar on Measurement and Verification (M&V) of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) on 23 Januar 2017 3 to 4pm. All guarantEE partners and all national EPC Facilitators and Experts are invited for this webinar. Here you find more information on the content of the webinar as well as the link for the registration.
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28 February – 2 March 2018
Save the Date: World Sustainable Energy Days 2018

The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) are one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in this field. The 2018 conference will take place from 28 February - 2 March 2018 in Wels/Austria. The event will feature policies, technology innovation and market development. It offers a unique combination of conferences and interactive events. The annual summit brings together more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community.
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23 April – 27 April 2018
Save the Date: Trade fair “Energy” in Hannover, Germany

From 23. April -27.April 2018 “Energy”, the leading trade fair for integrated energy systems and mobility will take place in Hanover, Germany. Hall 27 offers an insight into technologies and services for efficient industrial power, heat and cooling supply. A new highlight will be the “BuildingEnergetics” area, which focuses on products and services for energy efficiency measures in office and production buildings, including contracting.
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_Miscellaneous

On the Website of guarantEE you will find information about the project partners, links and much more here: http://www.guarantee-project.eu

Please follow us also on twitter: https://twitter.com/guarantee_H2020

 

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