About eu.ESCO

Motivation

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of the European Union’s (EU) CO2 emissions. Therefore, energy efficiency of buildings is crucial to achieving the EU objectives, namely the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) by 80‐95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

For this to happen, the European energy services market needs to be strengthened. In this context, the European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.ESCO) was founded in 2009 by the European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac) and aims at boosting the energy services market by increasing its transparency and its trustworthiness.

Uncertainty, lack of knowledge, lack of awareness, and confusion concerning definitions, processes and contract provisions related to Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) are widely recognised as key barriers to further market development, according to research made by the Institute for Building Efficiency (IBE).

In this sense, eu.ESCO provides best practices and knowledge sharing to drive standardisation and to accelerate EPC use.

eu.ESCO’s Vision is: “A world where Energy Performance Contracting is recognised by public authorities as one of the key tools for energy efficiency in buildings

eu.ESCO’s Mission is: “To represent Energy Service Companies offering Energy Performance Contracting vis‐à‐vis European Institutions, other relevant European Stakeholders, Member States and public authorities

Major activities

  • Providing education, best practices sharing and knowledge transfer on ESCOs and EPC
  • Boosting the energy services market by increasing its transparency: information updates on ESCOs and their offerings, guarantee the quality of their services, etc.
  • Making energy services accessible and understandable by disseminating examples and case studies
  • Increasing customers’ confidence in ESCOs
  • Raising awareness on EPC potential, knowledge and usage
  • Facilitating interaction between ESCOs, policy‐makers and key stakeholders

Legislation

  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, EPBD (Directive 2010/31/EU)
  • Public Procurement, PP (Directive 2004/18/EC)
  • Eco-design of Energy-Related Products, EuP (Directive 2009/125/EC)
  • Directive on energy efficiency, EED (Directive 2012/27/EU)

While using the building standard procedures to determine the EPC potential – developed by the European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) – EPC allows to fulfill both national legislations as well as European legislations (Directives and Regulations) on energy savings and enables public authorities to achieve a sustainable development and their environment goals.

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eu.bac Press Release
Clean Energy for All Europeans Package: A step forward, but not yet enough

Clean Energy for All Europeans Package: A step forward, but not yet enough

The European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac), welcomes the launch of the Clean Energy EU Package adopted on November 30, 2016 by the European Commission, including, amongst other things, a new Ecodesign Working Plan and revised Energy Efficiency (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

With regards to the new Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019, eu.bac gladly acknowledges the introduction of Building Automation and Control Systems in the list of products subject to new dedicated studies, as the category with the biggest potential savings.

The preparatory studies will provide the opportunity to further prove and disclose the “multiplier effect” of Building Automation Systems, controlling, integrating and optimizing building services related to heating, cooling, ventilation, electric storage, lighting, solar shading and more.

While Ecodesign, setting requirements for the energy efficiency for buildings related products is certainly a key measure to benefit European consumers, the need is nonetheless clear for complementary ambitious minimum requirements for the energy performance of installed retrofitted or replaced building elements under their national building codes.

Nowadays, millions of consumers cannot appropriately manage their heating and cooling expenses, as around 50-100 million dwellings still have equipment requiring manual regulation of energy supply. Just as an example, if manual radiator valves were exchanged with thermostatic radiator valves, the estimated annual saving of energy/gas consumption, costs and GHG emissions in the stock of residential buildings would be 167 TWh/ 14 Mtoe, 10€ billion, respectively 31 million tonnes CO2 emissions.

For the stock of non-residential buildings, the estimated annual savings resulting from the continuous monitoring and commissioning of larger buildings will result in estimated annual savings of energy/gas consumption, costs and GHG emissions in the stock of non-residential buildings is 465 TWh/ 40 Mtoe, 48€ billion, respectively 80 million tonnes CO2 emissions.

Throughout the review process, eu.bac has been calling for reinforced action in particular on Article 8 of the EPBD: this reform is an unmissable opportunity to unleash and strengthen the potential of Building Automation and Controls to put citizens and enterprises in control of their heating and cooling expenses, to ensure healthy indoor living and working conditions, to reduce gas imports, integrate renewable electricity and cut Greenhouse gas emissions.

The question is whether the proposal will remove the market failures that currently prevent a wider application of basic control technologies for heating and cooling systems.

eu.bac believes that the Commission’s proposal is a step in the right direction, but we also believe that the improvement potentials will be achieved only in part and in the long term. Building Automation and Controls have proven to be effective not only in substituting regular physical inspections, but also in empowering consumers and enhancing their savings and their health. Therefore, why not be more ambitious? Why not ensure that citizens and enterprises have clean energy without unnecessary delays?

eu.bac is firmly convinced that there is still room for major improvements and is committed to working with the European Parliament and the Council in order to improve the legislative framework, making it finally posisble to unleash the potential of Building Automation and Controls and, in doing so, creating jobs, contributing to economic recovery and growth and benefitting the citizens and enterprises.

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