:: NEWS FLASH

:: Final conference of PROMETHEUS project "Medium, micro & small enterprises providing energy services"

"Medium, micro and small enterprises providing energy services:
opportunities and perspectives in european countries", 20 April 2012 in Este (Italy), [more...]

:: Webinar: EEEF European Energy Efficiency Fund on the 28 March 2012

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEE-F) is a financial facility launched by the European Commission and participating financial institutions to support the sustainable energy projects of cities and regions having committed to the 20% CO2 reduction objective. [more...]

:: 7th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB 2012)

The conference is addressed to energy policy makers at international, national, and local level, academic, researchers and energy efficiency experts, ESCOs, utilities, buildings energy and environmental managers, buildings engineers and architects, equipment manufacturers and commercial property investors, with the aim to promote and diffuse the concept of energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings and enlarge the market for low consumption and sustainable buildings [more...]

:: Invitation to IV Energy Efficiency Forum, 30th March 2012, Warsaw

Possible solutions about the limitation of energy consumption in Poland will be discussed at this forum.  [read more...]

:: Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch", 1 March 2012 in Wels/Austria

An update on the implementation of energy efficiency policies in the EU. [read more...]

:: European Seminar - EU Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

From 23rd to 24th April 2012 there is an European seminar about new financial instruments in Berlin/Germany, developed by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and serveral other banks. [read more...]

:: Final Conference of PERMANENT project in Warsaw

On the 27th October 2011, ENVIROS and REWE are inviting to the final conference of PERMANENT project in Warsaw, discussing the facilitating investments by energy saving "measurements". [read more...]

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:: And the winners are...

European Energy Service Award 2012

Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy underlined the need of the Energy Efficiency Directive

EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger honoured the prize winners of the 7th European Energy Service Award (EESA) at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). In his keynote speech at the office of the land Berlin to the EU, he emphasised the use of renewable energies for the future and the need of the Energy Efficiency Directive, which was recently approved. 

Award Winners 2012:
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Best Project: Vellinge Municipality
- Best Project: Town of Hnúšťa
- Best Project: Lorac Imtech Effizienz Programm (LIEP)
- Best Promoter: The Greater London Authority (GLA)
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Best Provider: RENESCO

The award ceremony was embedded in the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which showcases activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. It is designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. Sustainable Energy Week, an initiative of the European Commission, first took place in 2006. Today, it is organised by Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy. 

Read more about the winners (press release).

:: Final conference of PROMETHEUS project "Medium, micro & small enterprises providing energy services"

"Medium, micro and small enterprises providing energy services: opportunities and perspectives in european countries", 20 April 2012 in Este (Italy)

The Accademia dell'Artigianato, in via Francesconi 2, Este (Padua, Italy), will host the International Final Conference of PROMETHEUS Project next 20th of April 2012. PROMETHEUS Project, funded under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE), offered support to SMEs working in the fields of energy efficiency, rationale use of energy and renewable energy, contributing to the improvement of business organization to strenghten the market presence of SMEs increasing consumer confidence and supporting a wide dissemination of efficient and renewable energy sources.

All the organizational details and the agenda are availabe here

:: Webinar: EEEF European Energy Efficiency Fund on the 28 March 2012

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEE-F) is a financial facility launched by the European Commission and participating financial institutions to support the sustainable energy projects of cities and regions having committed to the 20% CO2 reduction objective. Focusing on small-scale energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean urban transport projects EEE-F targets municipal, local and regional authorities as well as public and private entities acting on their behalf.
Zarpana Massud-Baqa from the Deutsche Bank, responsible for the operational management of the EEF-F, will present the key facts and answer questions during a webinar organised by FEDARENE.
Participation is free. More information under www.eeef.eu.

:: 7th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB 2012)

The conference is addressed to energy policy makers at international, national, and local level, academic, researchers and energy efficiency experts, ESCOs, utilities, buildings energy and environmental managers, buildings engineers and architects, equipment manufacturers and commercial property investors, with the aim to promote and diffuse the concept of energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings and enlarge the market for low consumption and sustainable buildings.
The conference attracts international experts and companies to allow exchanges of experiences and best practices among different countries and continents. Previous editions of IEECB have attracted key international researchers and experts on energy efficiency in non-residential buildings.
The two-day Conference will be held in Frankfurt (Germany) on 18th and 19th April 2012, during the Light+Building trade fair.

The IEECB'12 programme and registration information can be found here.

:: B4E Business for the Environment Global Summit 2012

B4E, Business for the Environment, is the leading global event platform on green business and has been convened over the last six years in Singapore, Paris, Copenhagen, Seoul, Mexico City, Jakarta, London and Durban. Organised by Global Initiatives in partnership with the WBCSD, WWF, CNN and host Governments, B4E facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue globally to advance collaborative solutions for the environment. Recent speakers at B4E have included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Presidents of South Korea, Indonesia, Guyana, Mexico and the Maldives, former US Vice-President Al Gore, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, as well as the CEOs of many global companies.

B4E Global Summit that will be held in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, CNN and other leading global organisations 21 - 23 May in Berlin. The summit will be attended by more than 600 leaders of business, government, NGOs and media. The recommendations and outcomes of the Summit will be shared, in collaboration with the WBCSD, with key decision-makers at Rio +20. The messages will be presented on CNN and in a month long media campaign leading up to Rio + 20.

Sectors and themes covered include Urban Infrastructure, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Water, Transport, Sustainable Consumption and Inclusive Business.

Detailed information on agenda and registration are available at: www.b4esummit.com

Visitors of EESI qualify for a reduced fee of EUR 480 instead of EUR 590 by clicking here. Please choose 'Promotional Rate' and code 'b4ebe12b'

:: Invitation to IV Energy Efficiency Forum, 30th March 2012, Warsaw

The Directive on Energy Efficiency, which should be published at the end of 2012 according to Danish Presidency authorities, shall lead to limitation of energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020. Congruently to its provisions the Member States shall create their own efficiency programmes. Energy efficiency of Polish economy is still three times lower than the respective levels in most developed European countries and two times lower than the EU average. Those numbers show how vast the potential for energy saving measurements in Poland is. These issues and possible solutions will be discussed at the IV ENERGY EFFICIENCY FORUM on 30th March 2012 (Friday), 9:00 a.m. in Prymasowski Palace, Senatorska 13/15, Warsaw.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. The number of places is limted. Registration form and and conference program are available here.

:: Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch", 1 March 2012 in Wels/Austria

The conference will give an update on the implementation of energy efficiency policies in the EU. The event is organised in the frame of the international conference "World Sustainable Energy Days" as a part of the IEE-project "Energy Efficiency Watch 2" (EEW2) which aims at facilitating the implementation of the "EU-Energy Services Directive".
It will present the main results achieved by the EEW project so far, including screenings of National Energy Efficiency Action Plans and a comprehensive stakeholder survey on the progress of energy efficiency policies in the EU Member States in the last years.

Further information:

:: International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) 2012 edition now available

The Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO®) announces the release of its 2012 International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP®). 

This updated edition of the 2010 IPMVP Volume I (Concepts and Options for Determining Energy and Water Savings) continues to make the protocol more useful to a global audience by responding to comments from around the world. Highlights of changes in the 2010 edition include additions of new terms: “operational verification,” “owners project requirements for M&V,” “monitoring and targeting” and a Catalonian section to the Spain section of Appendix C.
 
The 2012 IPMVP is now available for free download on EVO’s Web site. Further information could be found under press release too.

:: EU Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Public Projects

European Seminar - EU Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Public Projects, 23rd - 24th April 2012, Berlin

EU funding and financial mechanisms can co-finance investments for energy efficiency and renewables! The European Commission, the European Investment Bank and several other banks in Europe have developed new financial instruments in that field.

Content:

  • Gain experience in how to successfully use structural and cohesion funds for energy efficiency projects.
  • Get first hand information on the European Energy Efficiency Fund launched in 2011.
  • Learn how to support EE and RE projects with JESSICA and other EU funding sources.
  • Become familiar with financing mechanisms of the European Investment Bank.
  • Learn how to implement energy efficiency projects via public private partnerships.
  • Become familiar with the key issues of energy performance contracting.


With key presentations and numerous case studies from:

  • DG Energy, European Commission
  • JESSICA and Investment Fund, European Investment Bank
  • European PPP Expertise Centre, European Investment Bank
  • NL Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Netherlands

Further detailed information and direct online registration.

Please check if the following event might be interesting for you and your colleagues as well: "Budgetary Management and Financial Control-Obligations for EU Funded Projects".

If you have any further questions or comments regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this European seminar in Berlin!

European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law The European Knowledge Network.
www.euroacad.eu

:: Hospital manager meeting from Moldova region

On the 08th December 2011 a meeting with managers from hospitals from Moldova region has been organized in order to extend perception of EPC in this sector.

The Directorate of Public Health Iasi has held on the 8th December 2011, at the county Hospital Sf. Spiridon, a meeting with the directors of the Directorates of Public Health in the area. During this meeting the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) dedicated to energy performance contract - a new funding mechanism for energy rehabilitation of public buildings.

The contents of the meeting were the EPC concept, advantages of EPC usage, case studies on the application of EPC in European hospitals as well as the stages of preparation for the selection of ESCO. ANRE invited two ESCO’s that showed the successful projects they have implemented.

The participants at the workshop were hospital directors from Bacau, Vaslui, from the Sf. Maria and Sf. Spiridon Hospitals, Iasi and directors of the Directorate of Public Health Suceava and Botosani."

:: Results of the international workshop on the Climate Mitigation Potential of Energy Efficiency in Brussel

How can the "sleeping giant" of energy efficiency be awakened? What steps need to be taken for the EU to meet its own target of a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020?  What can the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, proposed in June 2011 by the European Commission, contribute to reaching this goal?

In order to answer these and other questions, Ecologic Institute organized an international workshop where BEA presented success stories of Energy Servises within the framework of EESI. This workshop already took place on 9 November 2011 at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union in Brussels.

The presentations and a comprehensive documentation of the event is now available.

:: ESCO University, 24 January 2012

Seminar ESCO University

A half-day seminar (24 January 2012, 14.00 - 16.00 hrs) which provide key insights into the role that ESCOs can play in transforming energy use, delivering increased energy efficiency and substantial cost savings. 

The leaders for this session will be Susanne Berger of Berliner Energieagentur (BEA) and Jan W. Bleyl of Grazer Energieagentur (GEA). Both have extensive experience in the design, management, and realization of energy efficiency projects in public and private buildings.

Further information and registration under http://www.esco-europe.com/Default/ESCO_university_9216.aspx

Europe’s leading energy service conference, 25-26 January 2012

European Energy Service Company revenue to reach €13.2 Billion by 2016

‘A significant push is underway in the European Union to make new buildings and major renovation “nearly zero energy” by 2021, Pike Research. 

To learn more about the implications and challenges for your business, become part of Europe’s premier ESCO conference. ESCO Europe will welcome 30 speakers and more than 200 attendees from leading ESCOs, utilities, governments, energy agencies, financial institutes and solution providers looking to monetize energy efficiency.

Further information and registration under www.esco-europe.com.

New eeece Report: National energy efficiency and energy saving targets

One main point of discussion – and disagreement among various stakeholders – is if and how to use energy efficiency targets on national or EU level. eceee has recently completed a study on targets setting and implementation in EU countries. The report of eeece draws together the information that has been collected. It is intended as a resource for those involved in the development of EU and national energy efficiency policies and programmes.

Read more: http://www.eceee.org/Policy/Targets/

Conference Invitation - Facilitating Investments by Energy Saving "Measurements"

ENVIROS and FEWE are inviting to the final conference of the PERMANENT project, which is aimed at increasing the knowledge about measurement and verification of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The conference focus on the output and results of the PERMANENT project, which will present to an european wide audience of policy makers, energy professionals, end-users and financiers.

performance information: 27th October 2011, Warsaw

application: permanent@enviros.cz  

Additional information about the conference can be found on the project website PERMANENT.                          

EBRD 10 million Euro loan

On the 21st of July, 2011, EBRD has granted to the EnergoBit ESCO, member of the EnergoBit Group from Cluj, a 10 million Euro loan, that will be used to finance energy efficiency projects, mainly within the Romanian public sector. The financing includes public lightening works, cogeneration systems for industrial clients and for the public sector.
This new investment is part of the EBRD strategy for supporting Romania’s effort to conform itself to the EU standards regarding energy efficiency. “A growing demand for ESCO services can be seen in Romania. Through this loan to EnergoBit, we contribute to Romania’s goal to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020, because ESCO projects play an important role in achieving this objective”, declared the EBRD Director for Romania, Claudia Pendred.
The EnergoBit Group from Cluj is one of the leaders in the electric engineering field in Romania, with a number of 17 companies and over 800 employees nationwide. “We consider this contract as a major achievement for the EnergoBit Group, contract that will allow us to expand our energy efficiency activities. Based on EBRD financing, to which we add our 2, 5 million Euro contribution, we can today provide solutions for those clients that wish to undertake projects with high energy savings potential, but could not implement them because of lack of financing resources. EBRD’s involvement in financing ESCO projects is also a message in itself, that confirms the importance of energy saving, in fact, the cleanest form of energy”, said the Vice-President of EnergoBit Group, Peter Pal.

New guide on the Energy Efficiency Directive

Eceee published a new guide in its popular "Steering through the maze" series. The new guide – on the Energy Efficiency Directive – provides a simple summary of the Directive’s contents as well as guide to the path of approval through EU’s institutions. The guide is complemented by a new resource web page on the draft Directive.

The new eceee steering through the maze guide is the fifth in the series of guides on current energy efficiency hot topics, and is entitled "Your eceee guide to following the approval process of the proposed Energy Efficiency Directive" and so will be updated regularly as the proposal moves through the process.

The guide is complemented by a web page on the draft EED. Apart from summarising the Directive, the web page provides up-to date links to the views and web pages of other relevant stakeholders and serves as a comprehensive resource page for all things related to the draft EED.

Read more: http://www.eceee.org/press/EED_page_mazeguide/

Energy Efficiency Directive is now available !!

On 22 June 2011, a new set of measures for increased Energy Efficiency is proposed by the European Commission to fill the gap and put back the EU on track. This proposal for this new directive brings forward measures to step up Member States efforts to use energy more efficiently – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption.

You can download here the Proposal for a Directive on energy efficiency in English, French and German.

Competition for the best preparer of projects using the EPC method

A competition for the best preparer of Energy Performance Contracting projects has been announced for 2011.

The competition is organised by SEVEn, o.p.s. and ENVIROS, s.r.o. with support from Siemens s.r.o. It pertains to initiators of projects applying the EPC method who during the course of 2011 begin preparing such a project for their buildings, or announce the prepared project in the form of a public tender (e.g. in the form of announcement of tender within the Public Tender Information System).

For details about the competition’s conditions and other information, visit www.epc-ec.cz (in Czech).The deadline for registration in the competition is 14 October 2011. Winners of individual categories will receive special prizes.

The contact person for acceptance of applications and provision of information is Vladimír Sochor (vladimir.sochor@svn.cz).

Saving Energy in Europe: 15 Good Practice Case Studies

The European Environmental Bureau has compiled 15 schemes and projects which represent good practice on reducing energy use and increasing efficiency. By bringing this list together, the EEB wants to demonstrate how energy saving incentives/schemes introduced at different levels (state, borough, city etc.) can overcome some of the barriers and result in reduced energy use.

See the full compilation:

French workshop on Energy Performance Contracts

4 May 2011, Paris La Defense

The French participants of the Changebest project are organising jointly with ATEE and others a workshop on Energy Efficiency Services and EPC in Paris. The workshop summarizes the most relevant informations on EPC in France including the presentation of existing best practice examples.

The full program is availabe here:

16 propositions to develop EPC in France

The report commissioned by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Transports and Housing on the Energy Performance Contracts has been published in march.
The work is based on the contribution of multiple actors including RAEE, the French project partner of EESI project

The report gives - in the first part - an overview of the situation and sticking points in France.

He then proposed - in a second part - 16 measures to improve information and adapt legal and financial context.

The report is available on the official website: http://www.lecpe.fr/

 

EUROPE 2020 initiative - Energy Efficiency Plan 2011

On 8 March 2011, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy Efficiency Plan 2011".

[read more...]

Smart City Event 2011 How to achieve CO2 reductions?

25-26 May 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

On this conference representatives of the most advanced smart cities in Europe present their climate neutral projects and share their experiences. 
Europe’s best examples about housing, smart grids, mobility and public space  are presented. EESI will contribute to the conference with best practice examples on EPC for public buildings.

For further information see http://www.smartcityevent.com/event_home

Workshop "Facilitation of Energy Services and the ESCO market in Europe"

7-8 April 2011, Florence, Italy

The European Commission (DG Joint Research Centre) under its policy support to DG ENER organises a Workshop on the "Facilitation of Energy Services and the ESCO market in Europe" on 7 and 8 April in Florence (Italy). The workshop will gather about 100 key players including policy makers, ESCOs, financial institutions, and ESCO clients. The workshop results will be used to draw policy recommendations on how to enlarge the ESCO market in the EU. EESI will contribute to the Workshop with the elaborated analyses on European markets and political framework conditions.

For further information see the programm:

European Energy Service Award 2010

Call for Application:

Are you a Forerunner for Energy Services in Europe? Application period for the European Energy Service Award 2010 started. Deadline is 29 April 2011.

Are you an innovative energy service provider, have you promoted energy services in a remarkable way or have you been successful in implementing an outstanding energy service project?

Click here to download application documents.

EPC on the World Sustainable Energy Days 2011

02 - 04 March 2011, Wels/Austria:
The World Sustainable Energy Days, the largest annual conference in this field in Europe, offer a unique combination of events on sustainable energy production and use, covering energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for buildings, industry and transport.
Good practice of EPC will be presented and discussed in the panel "Energy Efficiency Watch: Building Renovation".

For further information and registration please visit: http://www.wsed.at/en/world-sustainable-energy-days/

Energy Globe Styria Award goes to IEC project

The annual winner in the category "EARTH" at the Energy Globe STYRIA AWARD (Austria) is the Landesimmobiliengesellschaft Steiermark for enabeling energy efficiency in their buildings with the newly developed Integrated Energy Contracting (IEC) Model.

Within this project objects like the nursinghome in Bad Radkersburg the energy supply has been modernized and switched to renewable energies. Simultaneously energy saving measures on energy distribution, user motivation and thermal envelope have been implemented. Besides to the improvement of the energy benchmarks better comfort and reduced costs for energy and maintenance can be reached.

The Integrated Energy Contracting Model, which covers efficiency in demand as well as in supply, was developed in conjointly with the Graz Energy Agency.

Experience out of 8 projects proves the feasibility of this model. Additional to competitive prices for energy, savings of up to 30% for heat, 12% for electricity, 20% for water and 92% for CO2 could be reached.

Additional information can be found here

EEBW Prague: Energy Efficiency Business Week 2010

On November 23rd and 24th, 2010, the yearly EEBW takes place in Prague, Kaiserštejnský palác.

For further information and registration please visit http://www.eebw.cz/cs

Johnson Controlls launches Institute for Building Efficiency

13/Oct/2010
Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, today launched the European branch of the Institute for Building Efficiency [read more...]

How to procure ESCo Services: Workshop at ESCO Europe:

Date, Time: Tuesday 2nd of November, 2010, 15.00 – 18.00 hrs
Place: Hotel Sheraton ****, Rua Latino Coelho 1, 1069-025 Lisboa, Portugal, www.sheratonlisboa.com

Information and Registration here: http://www.esco-europe.com/Default/Procurement_Workshop_7342.aspx

ESCO University at ESCO Europe

On November 2nd, 2010, the 2. ESCO University offers start-up ESCOs a qualified access to energy services such as Energy Performance Contracting.

Information and Registration here: http://www.esco-europe.com/Default/ESCO_university_7246.aspx

Connie Hedegaard honors energy service companies and projects with European Energy Service Award

13/Sept/2010
Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, honoured the prize winners of the 5th European Energy Service Award (EESA) at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels today. [read more...]

Extremely profitable energy saving measures in the office Financiëncentrum Regentschapstraat in Brussels

19/May/2010
The first energy saving investment of Fedesco, an investment in a set of energy saving HVAC measures in the Financiëncentrum Regentschapstraat Brussels, appears to be extremely profitable.[read more...]

New LED traffic lights in the city of Graz

11/May/2010
Energy savings of 339.000 € per year without investment costs for the city of Graz [read more...]

Foundation of Association of Energy Services Companies in the Czech Republic in the final phase

27/April/2010
Its mission will be to support the development of energy services in the Czech Republic. [read more...]

EESI on TV in Romania

2/April/2010
The TV Money Channel organized a debate at the “Green Hour” (Ora Verde) on new technologies and financial mechanisms to promote energy efficiency. [read more...]

Making energy services illustrative: Search for Europe's best energy journalists

18/March/2010
BEA and eu.ESCO honour outstanding journalistic contributions on energy services with the European Energy Service Media Award. Prize money 3,000 Euros. [read more...]

Sehnde reduces energy consumption by 30 percent

17/February/2010
First energy saving guarantee contract in the German State Niedersachsen signed. EPC guarantees 130,000 Euro less energy costs each year [read more...]

Workshop with Danish municipalities

17/February/2010
Experts of the Berlin Energy Agency (BEA) informed Danish municipalities about the possibilities offered by Energy Performance Contracting [read more...]

EESA 2009: Call for Projects

02/February/2010
Are you an innovative energy service provider, have you promoted energy services in a remarkable way or have you been successful in implementing an energy service project? Then apply now for the European Energy Service Award 2009! [more...]

EESI Website online

01/February/2010
The EU funded project EESI gives valuable information on Energy Performance Contracting. National help-desks provide qualified consultation [more...]