Energy Performance Contracts to foster energy efficiency in the public sector − how to turn difficulties into success?

The purpose of the event is to address the current challenges and opportunities for energy efficiency improvements in the public sector and to focus on Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) as one of the most cost-effective solutions available. 

The topic is particularly relevant in view of the forthcoming conclusion of interinstitutional negotiations on the Clean Energy Package and, in particular, on some key files, including the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive. Indeed, both files recognise the great room for improvements in existing buildings and address the specific role of the public building stock.

In this respect, the potential offered by energy efficient solutions, such as EPCs, has been pointed out on several occasions and growing awareness about this has been also demonstrated by the new rules for the accounting treatment of EPCs indicated by Eurostat in its latest guidance note of September 2017. In the new note, Eurostat has changed its approach towards the accounting of EPCs in the public sector by considerably widening the number of cases where an off-balance sheet treatment can apply to such contracts, removing, in this way, one of the main barriers to their further development.

In light of the publication of the practitioners’ guide complementing Eurostat’s note and aimed at facilitating the proper implementation of the new rules at national level, the event will host, among other high-level speakers, key institutional representatives from the European Investment Bank and the European Commission, who will present and clarify the new rules, as well as existing and planned initiatives to develop EPCs in the public sector.

Besides that, an H2020 project will be showcased: “QualitEE”, aiming at increasing investment in energy efficiency services in the built environment by developing quality assessment criteria.