The purpose of the event is to demonstrate that Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) represents one of the most cost-effective tools for the reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in buildings.
EPC has the advantage of guaranteeing measurable and verifiable energy savings, often requiring limited or no upfront investment from clients. It represents one of the best available solutions for improving buildings’ energy efficiency (EE), especially in the public sector. Thanks to the recent revision of Eurostat’s approach for their accounting treatment, EPC has become easier to implement for public authorities. Moreover, the growing attention to EPC and its effective combination with structural funds reflects the increasing interest in this solution, which will be thoroughly analysed throughout the event.
The conference will start with a panel discussion focused on the uptake of EPC in the public sector, its progress and remaining challenges. An expert from the EU Commission will present the role that EPC can play on the pathway towards a climate-neutral economy. Then, the impact of the revised Eurostat rules one year after their publication will be examined by an EIB’s specialist. The new Eurostat’s approach adopted significantly reduces indeed the possibilities EPC can affect government net lending/borrowing and public debt. Following the removal of this barrier, it will be assessed whether the new rules have achieved the desired objectives and what still needs to be done in this respect.
Next, the application of the rules by public authorities at national level will be presented by an expert from Slovakia, where a “Maastricht neutral” EPC model for the public sector has been recently developed. The session will bring into focus the regional and local perspective in relation to EPC, first with a presentation by a representative of the STEPPING project, supporting the development of EPC Public Procurement in different regions of the Mediterranean area, and then with a presentation by C40, the most important network of big cities committed to addressing climate change.
The panel will be closed by a presentation on the key role of M&V in demonstrating real savings in EPCs and other EE programs to give them credibility and the importance of using a reliable and recognised protocol, developing experts’ capacity to use it.
The event will conclude with an interactive dialogue involving representatives of the business sector, other panellists and attendees.