The PRODESA H2020 project invited STEPPING PLUS at its International Conference on “Innovative Financing of Energy Efficiency Projects” which was held online on the 13th of May 2021 and was focused on how Energy Performance Contracting can accelerate deployment of Energy Efficiency Projects as part of mitigation actions for Climate Change.
PRODESA aims to assist seven major municipalities in Athens Metropolitan Area to launch showcase energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, utilizing innovative financial tools and attracting private investments. The project focuses on optimal bundling of the fragmented municipal projects to achieve considerable size, reasonable payback time and risk diversification: the pooling of resources will be used to optimize financial results for all parties and to ensure high participation of ESCOs in the tenders. STEPPING PLUS goals and methodologies were presented by Piemonte Region to a wide transnational audience.
STEPPING PLUS was also mentioned during the national online event which was organized by the Italian Ministry of Environment on May 12 2021, in the framework of the “Mettiamoci in riga” ministerial project. The goal of this initiative is to produce a change in the capacity to plan and implement interventions in the environmental field and the focus of the meeting was on the Regional Governance towards the Ecological transition. STEPPING Plus will also be included in a catalog of outstanding projects about Energy planning selected by the ministry.