:: Connie Hedegaard: „Energy services make an important contribution to more climate protection in Europe"

•    EU climate commissioner honours five European energy service providers and projects with the European Energy Service Award

•    For the first time also a Media Award for coverage on Energy Services is granted

•    EU project EESI helps to advance energy services on European level

Brussels, 13 September 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. This year’s winners in the five categories are KEA – Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Wuerttemberg, Czech energy service provider ENESA, the Stewarts Hospital Energy Efficiency Project in Dublin/Ireland implemented by Dalkia, Siemens in cooperation with a Czech electric motor plant in Mohelnice as well as the innovative lighting concept of State’s Theatre of Lower Saxony Hanover/Germany in cooperation with Hochtief Energy Management. Joachim Mahrholdt of the environmental department of Second German Television (ZDF) was given the newly founded Energy Service Media Award which is endowed with 3,000 Euros.

The award ceremony was embedded in the symposium “European Energy Service Day - Think European – Act Regional” and the 20th anniversary festivities of FEDARENE, the European umbrella organisation of the regional Energy and Climate Protection Agencies. In her speech, Connie Hedegaard underlined that energy service providers play an increasingly important role in reaching the EU's energy efficiency and climate targets. "Energy services make an important contribution to more climate protection in Europe und demonstrate that economy and climate protection can go hand in hand. We therefore need to make sure that we fully deploy their potential", said Hedegaard.

Michael Geißler, secretary general of FEDARENE and chief executive officer of Berliner Energieagentur, spoke in his welcoming speech of “a success story”. The European Energy Service Award contributed significantly to make Energy Performance Contracting Europe-wide known. “We received 27 first class applications this year – more than ever before. We see therein an acknowledgement that this award receives a growing acceptance in politics and economy.”

The award winners in detail:
KEA – Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg won in the category “Best European Energie Service Provider“. KEA initiated “Green Energy Performance Contracting” in small and medium-sized communities in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, using regional biomass.

Czech energy provider ENESA won the award for “Best European Energy Service Provider“. ENESA closed 20 energy performance contracts within a period of only four years implementing very innovative technologies.

In the category “Best Project in Public Sector” the five jury members awarded the Energy Efficiency Project in Stewarts Hospital - a charitable foundation, with a 140-year tradition in the provision of care for people with intellectual disability in Dublin, Ireland. The project got on the road with a 1.5 Mio Euros investment by energy service provider Dalkia.

Electric motor plant in Mohelnice, Czech Republic, received the award for “Best Project in Commercial Sector”. Siemens Building Technologies implemented extensive energy efficiency measures in the buildings of the plant which employs more than 1,400 people.

Prize winner in the category “Best European Energy Service Project in Lighting Sector” is the State’s Theatre of Lower Saxony for a lighting project carried out by HOCHTIEF Energy Management. The company replaced over 5,000 conventional light bulbs with modern LEDs and thus reduced the energy consumption for lighting by up to 80 percent.

Joachim Mahrholdt of the environmental department of Second German Television (ZDF) received the first “European Energy Service Media Award” for a television broadcast about Badenova – a regional energy supply company in Germany which is undergoing a change to a carbon-free energy supply by using among others Energy Performance Contracting.

Organiser of the European Energy Service Day is the European Energy Service Initiative (EESI). This EU supported initiative wants to promote and advance the Energy Performance Contracting model. Coordinated by Berliner Energieagentur partners from nine European countries are working together, organising seminars and trainings, compiling practice guidelines and disseminate results and best practice examples.
Further information on the European Energy Service Initiative can be found on the internet:

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