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Project partners: Energetická agentura Vysočiny Nerudova 1498/8 586 01 Jihlava, Czech Republic Web: www.eav.cz

Berliner Energieagentur GmbH Franzoesische Straße 23 10117 Berlin, Germany Web: www.berliner-e-agentur.de POLITECNICO DI MILANO - Dipartimento di Energia eERG – end-use Efficiency Research Group Via Lambruschini 4 20156 Milano, Italia Web: www.eerg.polimi.it

A CENTRAL EUROPE Project

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SEVEn - The Energy Efficiency Center Americká 17 120 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic Web: www.svn.cz

Bringing new financial solutions for energy efficiency projects

Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK Dimičeva 12 SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Web: www.gi-zrmk.si/ZRMKinstitut/ Energy Centre Bratislava Ambrova 35 831 01 Bratislava, Slovakia Web: www.ecb.sk Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency Fundacja na rzecz Efektywnego Wykorzystania Energii Ul Rymera 3/4 40-048 Katowice, Poland Web: www.fewe.pl

Lead partner: Energetická agentura Vysočiny Nerudova 1498/8, 586 01 Jihlava, Czech Republic Contact person: Hana Zábranská, zabranska@eav.cz

www.combines-ce.eu

This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.


Expected outcome and impact Public subsidies in the Central European region are often used to implement energy efficiency measures without considering the possibility of private co-financing by third parties through the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) mechanism. This is due to a number of barriers on both the side of the subsidy programmes’ structure and on the side of subsidy receivers and Energy Service Companies (ESCO). As a result, a given limited amount of public funding leads to a significantly lower number of energy efficiency actions in comparison to the potential of co-financing through EPC. As the EPC is usually suitable for financing of energy efficiency measures with short or medium payback additional financing from subsidy programmes is needed to implement measures with longer payback.

Idea and goals The fundamental idea behind the project is to maximize energy¸ savings through effectively defining and interconnecting activities of public subsidy programmes with the implementation of energy services. The goal is to prepare both general as well as specific recommendations for the provision of subsidy resources and concurrently opening the market of energy services in a manner which will enable the highest possible energy savings by lowering the public expenditures. CombinES will strengthen regional as well as trans-national cooperation of key players along the energy efficiency value chain with a long-term impact of better safeguarding EU natural resources and contributing to sustainability strategies.

Key activities and objectives → Overview of the economic market potential of the EPC projects within the Central European region. → Overview of the existing programmes offering subsidies for energy efficiency projects within the Central European region and energy efficiency projects financed with combination of subsidies and EPC mechanism. → Proposal of amendments to the existing subsidy programmes, legislation and energy performance contracting (EPC) business models to allow for combining subsidies with the EPC to foster a more effective financing of energy efficiency projects. → Design of a new model of subsidy programmes to co-finance EPC projects. The proposed model will be specifically tailored to the countries of CE with a potential for transfer and application also in other EU countries.

Target groups → Energy users in public sector (e.g. schools, hospitals, large office buildings). → Energy users in private sector (providers of goods and services).

The project will contribute to specification of the strategic goals on the EU level and, more importantly, to an innovative design of specific programmes on the national levels to allow for large and efficient realisation of the energy efficiency potential utilising the combination of private financing through EPC method and public financing through subsidy programmes. CombinES will support international cooperation in search of common solutions for funding of energy projects and for development of EU legal and subsidy environment with benefits to all EU members. Increasing financing possibilities for energy efficiency will bring large energy savings and reduced operational costs, support economic efficiency, competitiveness and overall productivity of the producers, as well as create environmental benefits through reduction of pollutant emissions, and enable redirection of public budget savings to support social development. CombinES will provide recommendations to the EU New architecture for the future programming period of structural and cohesion funds for the years 2014 to 2020. It will also contribute to solutions within four of the seven key priority challenges of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy based on the Gothenburg goals: climate change and clean energy, sustainable consumption and production, conservation and management of natural resources and public health, and to all three pillars of the Lisbon Strategy.

→ Private investors � ESCOs, providers of EPC projects. → Decision makers on the EU, national and regional level, who have influence on the design of subsidy schemes, legislative and organisational rules. → Energy Utilities.

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CombinES Leaflet