What we achieve

This section is about STEPPING PLUS project that started in March 2021


STEPPING PLUS 

What is the project`s approach for transferring or mainstreaming selected outputs/results? How will this approach allow to meet the objectives of the call?

The main objective of STEPPING PLUS is to transfer the EPC guidelines and the related simulation tool to Receivers. The support that the Givers are able to offer regards all the EPC application aspects (technical, administrative and legal) that Givers have acquired on the ground during STEPPING project implementation. Their experience will be chanelled into the transferring activities envisaged, while the outputs themselves will be upgraded to make them even more transferable.

The development of EPC Investment Program in not an easy task and requires, as already mentioned, specific skills that must be gained on the ground. Practicing is needed in other to face and solve technical and financial issues that usually emerges in such kind of projects. Learning by doing is, thus essential. EPC capacity cannot be transferred only with a standard training approach, as this would have a limited impact. As far as the Italian and French Receivers are concerned, STEPPING PLUS intents to go beyond a mere capacity building activity. Alongside the training and learning activities, Givers will support Receivers in the concrete implementation steps of the EPC journey toward the drafting of additional Investment Plans. In this way, skills and working knowhow will be internally embedded in the Receivers. On the other hand, the Spanish and Slovenian Receivers will be involved in transferring activity, based on the exchange of practices and training. They have been selected taking into consideration their already valuable experience in EPC topic. EPC is not something you can start from scratch, so that the transferring activities will be convincingly impactful upgrading and mutualising the common existing experience. Receivers, thus, can be considered not only as subjects able to replicate the application of the STEPPING PLUS methodology, but also as players which will act as multipliers towards other subjects/territories.

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This section is about STEPPING project that was implemented from January 2016 and will last until October 2019 

STEPPING 

What we achieved

Are Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) always the best solution for energy efficiency plans of public buildings in the MED area? How is it possible to increase their diffusion?  These were the main questions addressed by STEPPING project. In order to find innovative ways to implement EPC in public buildings, 9 partners coming from 7 different European Countries tested new approaches in their own regions. To do so, a common methodology was identified. More than 70 public authorities were engaged thanks to local events and a technical assistance service provided for the preparation of energy efficiency investments. For the purpose, 22 formal Agreements were signed. Small municipalities of a specific area were pooled together to develop joint Investment Plans (economy of scale plus critical mass for the EPC market requirements) and, in some cases,  to launch the EPC tender. After the selection of 170 suitable buildings an energy audit campaign was carried on, back to back with training activity in each of the regions involved. The common working approach, schemes and tools developed by the project partners allowed the drafting of 16 Investment Plans, tailored to the different framework conditions of the territories. Their implementation would bring to a total investment of  about 18,5 M€ with an energy saving of 7 GWh/year and about 2000 t of CO2/year avoided emission. In Italy, in Piemonte and Modena region, the project succeeded in launching 4 EPC tender for 20 municipalities and 94 buildings, while in France, in Spain and in Greece the tender documents were prepared for a potential future launch. In France this is likely to happen in 2020, while the other two Countries are still waiting for the improvement of the administrative and regulatory conditions. Thanks to a wide involvement of policy makers and stakeholders STEPPING released the “EPC Policy recommendations” and all the experience gained during the project implementation, together with an analysis of the specificity of the MED Area, was resumed in the EPC MED Guidelines. This document provides extremely useful advises to all the subjects interested in replicating and improving the STEPPING lessons learnt. Despite the existence of some technical issues (i.e. the climatic specificity of the MED Area, the level of maturity of the market, the financial framework conditions) and several political and administrative bottlenecks, the main goals of the project were achieved even more than expected.