What we achieve

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.