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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to our 4rd newsletter of the EU project "Energy Efficiency with Performance Guarantees in Private and Public Sector” (guarantEE).

This edition shows that EPC is on the advance throughout Europe. In Germany a news climate friendly contracting model was implemented helping to reduce CO2 emissions not only on a local basis but also worldwide. Furthermore Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts. The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. Besides that, the guarantEE project partner  RVO (RVO.nl) publishes new best practices on EPC in the 5th Whitepaper, that is presented in this newsletter.

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

Your guarantEE Team

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_Think global – act local: BEA reduces CO2 emissions in Berlin and Nepal

Berliner Energieagentur (BEA) and the housebuilding cooperative „Bremer Höhe eG” were lately implementing a new climate friendly contracting model: It consists of local CO2 reduction by combined heat and power generation and of global compensation by cooperation with the climate protection agency atmosfair.

BEA was contracted for the heat and electricity supply – based on combined heat and power generation – for 460 households and 22 commercial enterprises in a district in Berlin called “Prenzlauer Berg” for the next 15 years. Therefore the already existing heating stations, located in the rooftop of the buildings, will be modernized and equipped with new heat and power machines and back-up boilers.

The combined heat and power generation is highly efficient and reduces about 233 tons of CO2 emission per year, compared to the status quo. Besides that, costs for heating will be reduced and the costs for electricity will be around 10 percent less than the standard tariff of the basic electricity provider. Assuming a price development corresponding to the last 15 years, the inhabitants will save more than 1.5 million Euros for heating costs compared to their previous terms of delivery.

As the use of natural gas still causes CO2 emissions, the cooperation with atmosfair guarantees to compensate these remaining emissions as it supports farmers in Nepal in changing their environmentally harmful combustion of wood to self-powered small biogas plants. Therein, cow-dung is mixed with water and fermented in a digester to producing climate-neutral biogas.

In total, atmosfair wants to support Nepal in implementing around 20,000 small biogas plants with grants and microcredits within the "Biogas Support Programme", while making an effective contribution to the deforestation of protected forests and to an environmentally friendly energy supply. The program is certified by the United Nations International Clean Development Mechanism and the International Gold Standard. The reduction of CO2 emissions is officially deposited and proven by the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHST).

Read more on the website of Berliner Energieagentur (In German Language)

Picture: Berliner Energieagentur (BEA) and the housebuilding cooperative „Bremer Höhe eG” were lately implementing a new climate friendly contracting model. Foto © BEA

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_Practitioner's Guide on EPC

Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts. The Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH). The guide is available here. The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This helps Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet, and will assist public authorities in taking better-informed decisions when preparing and procuring their EPCs. This Guide is also a helpful tool to provide clarity to public and private promoters in the context of the Investment Plan and remove perceived barriers to investment. 

Further information:

MEMO: Eurostat clarifies how to record energy performance contracts in national accounts – Questions and Answers

Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of EPC

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

Picture: A new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts was launched. © Berliner Energieagentur

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_RVO Publishes New Best Practices on EPC in the 5th Whitepaper

Saving energy in buildings will contribute significantly to our energy and climate targets. There will need to be an enormous acceleration in greening to achieve this goal. Energy performance contracts (EPCs) can play an effective role in this process. In recent years, we have seen a growth in the number and size of these EPCs. Within Europe, the Netherlands is seen as an emerging market.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) collected best practices from the last years on Energy Performance Contratcs, to inspire a lot of clients or alderman to accelerate the transition to sustainable buildings.

Here, you will find the following new insights and practical cases:

• Interview with Irma Thijssen and Selina Roskam

• The Enschede Municipality approach

• The Nijmegen Municipality approach

• The Leiden University approach

• The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency approach to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration buildings, in three parts

• The Eindhoven Municipality approach

• All-inclusive leasing: can this triple-win model accelerate energy transition?

• EPCs as a solution for schools

• The role of EPCs and EPC Facilitators in the energy transition

Please download the Whitepaper here.

Picture: © RVO.nl

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_Guide on Good Practice boosts Energy Efficiency in Central & South Eastern Europe

The Guide on good practice in energy efficiency for Central and South Eastern Europe (CESEC) gathers more than 60 good practices meant to support a clean energy transition in that region.

The guide was launched at the Sustainable Energy Investment Forum that took place on 28 June in Sofia. These good practices presented in the guide resulting from projects supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe and Horizon 2020 programs addressing key energy efficiency areas of relevance for the CESEC region.

Those projects provide examples of actions that have already or are expected to have a significant impact in the targeted regions. The project actions could be replicated and their results and outcomes could be used to considerably increase energy efficiency.

The good practices address in particular:

• energy performance of buildings, 

• efficiency of district heating and cooling networks, 

• energy poverty, 

• investments in energy efficiency, 

• energy efficiency in industry and business and

• engagement of stakeholders at all governance levels to support energy efficiency.

Please find more information on the guide on good practice in energy efficiency for Central and South Eastern Europe (CESEC) here.

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_guarantEE Project Meeting in Dublin

On the 19th and 20th of April 2018 the delegates of the 14 guarantEE project partners together with the EU project advisor met in Dublin for a 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 the implementation of 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). The pilot projects are meant to achieve the project targets of 78 GWh primary energy savings and 18,000 t CO2 reduction per year.

Picture: guarantEE project meeting in Dublin © ecb.sk

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_EPC Online Tool

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.

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 13 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

2 October 2018 | 3 to 5 pm
Webinar on Triple-Win-Solutions for the Split-Incentive-Dilemma

The split incentive dilemma may be the single most significant challenge to the economization of energy efficiency projects worldwide. This webinar shows Triple-Win-Solutions for the Split-Incentive-Dilemma in office buildings. Here you find more information on the content of the webinar as well as the link for the registration.
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6 November – 8 November 2018

European Utility Week

The European Utility Week is a platform for achieving a fully integrated and interconnected electricity system and market in Europe. It hosts the environment for all key players in the smart energy ecosystem to come together and discuss European strategy to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply. This is reflected throughout the event from the exhibition, where the most valuable solution providers are presented, to addressing the key business challenges in the summit programme.
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27 February – 1 March 2019 | Call for Papers & Speakers 10 October 2018

Save the Date: World Sustainable Energy Days 2019

The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) are one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in this field. The 2018 conference will take place from 27 February to 1 March 2019 in 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 650 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community. There is a Call for Papers & Speakers (deadline 10 October 2018). Find more information here.
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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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