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Public authority’s new approach to energy Savings
Energy performance contracting (EPC) keeps buildings future-proof without public financial resources
July 24th, 2009, The Hague / Frankfurt. – How can public buildings’ owners realize energy savings without public financial resources? The building managers of the Dutch provinces and cities meet to discuss the opportunities and barriers of a new instrument, called energy performance contracting (EPC). On October 1st the first EPC workshop takes place in De Lier next to The Hague. It is the launch of a series of European events to cross-promote EPC experiences from other countries. Host is the newly founded European Association of Energy Services Companies (eu-esco).
Energy prices are likely to increase significantly in the years to come. In order to follow the European energy efficiency objectives many existing public buildings must be retrofitted to get future-proofed. Buildings consume 40 percent of all primary energies in Europe. Thus they offer the largest single-sector potential for energy savings. EPC is an emerging instrument to meet the national and European targets. It initiates a long-term partnership between the building owner and an energy service company.
The service company audits the building and specifies the potential savings. It guarantees the results per contract. EPC is able to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings without any up-front capital cost.
EPC is a solid investment in the future. It guarantees energy savings by budget-neutral retro fittings. And on top this could create job opportunities in local communities and provinces. The EPC workshop presents experiences from Heerlen, Rotterdam and Berlin. More information on