According to the Directive on energy efficiency (Directive 2012/27/EU), Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) means a contractual arrangement between the beneficiary and the provider of an energy efficiency improvement measure, verified and monitored during the whole term of the contract, where investments (work, supply or service) in that measure are paid for in relation to a contractually agreed level of energy efficiency improvement or other agreed energy performance criterion, such asfinancial savings.
EPC has been used in the European Union (EU) since the 1980s. However, the market remains underdeveloped, notably in comparison with North America (the United States and Canada). The Energy Performance Contracting model is highly replicable in the EU and internationally recognised as a guaranteed, cost effective and scalable procurement method for reducing the operating costs and environmental impacts of buildings. EPC represents a proven tool used in Austria, Germany,Czech Republic and Scandinavia, to some extend initiated in the United Kingdom and France but lessor not used at all in other EU countries.
Our objective is to promote EPC at the EU level and address key barriers such as lack of awareness and/or lack of knowledge, lack of policies and support mechanisms, lack of common definitions and harmonised processes, etc.