Networking Event: Exploring ways to Enable Energy Savings in the Public Sector through Energy Performance Contracting


Target audience

The event gathered around 30 participants. They represented 7 local authorities, including some of the biggest Danish examples (Copenhagen, Odense and Aalborg) as well as some of the leading ESCO market actors like Schneider Electric and EnergiMidt


EU, national and local policies call for actions to realise energy saving potentials. The Exploring Ways to Enable Energy Savings in the Public Sector event held in Copenhagen in May 2013, focused on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). There was mixed participation from local authorities and market actors, which facilitated a lively discussion. 

The main aim of the event was to identify appropriate energy saving measures for Danish municipalities, mainly in the building sector. Energy Saving Performance/EPC concept was the main topic of discussion. The main study presented during the workshop, How Danish municipalities go about energy saving in public buildings, set the scene.

The study, using questionnaires and in-depth case studies, found that municipal projects can be grouped into: optimised maintenance, ESCO, integrated maintenance, EMO – management.

Optimised maintenance is where municipality staff are trained to improve the running of the installations and the institutions are given incentives to participate. As with EPC/ESCO immediate savings can be achieved. Integrated maintenance represents a stepwise approach, where energy saving measures are carried out by municipality staff in conjunction with regular building maintenance. Another approach builds on the national energy labeling scheme, linked to EPBD, where external consultants are hired to plan and implement energy saving measures identified under the scheme.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each model. It is difficult to directly compare the models due to infrastructure differences from municipality to municipality, different project time scales as well as different rationale behind strategies. In Denmark, the ESCO experience is still limited. However, the study provides valuable insight for municipalities on taking the right approach to energy saving.

The vast majority of energy renovations are carried out without a guarantee that the energy consumption after works are completed corresponds to the energy saving estimation that was the basis for the decision to renovate. Therefore, there is a need to develop new warranty models that can be applied across all contracts and complements the known warranty models (including ESCO and PPP models) and which can be used by a broad range of owners.

An important discussion point appears to be whether local authorities opt for immediate results or a more stepwise approach. Another is whether to opt for in-house measures or outsourcing. The main result of the day was that participants got a better understanding of what implementation models are best suited different situations and needs. 

EPC is suitable for a large portfolio of projects for example the large-scale EPC initiatives like RE:FIT in the UK.

View pictures from the day here



Copenhagen, Denmark

Organised by: EC Network in cooperation with the Danish Energy Association

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