One of the projects´ aims is to transfer STEPPING results and new approaches of EPC scheme adequate to MED area through training activities performed locally by project partners. As well as to increase awareness of partners and MED public institutions, ESCOs, procurers (in particular of small municipalities), policy makers, large public and experts on the use of EPC.

The purpose is to disseminate solutions applicable to a wider set of users and territories to other MED institutions, aiming to achieve the goal of increasing the number of energy efficiency plans on public building stock.

Trainings serves to:

  • Educate stakeholders about the efficient implementation of energy performance contracting, based on the exchange of ideas, practices and solutions;
  • Promote new approaches of EPC scheme adequate to Mediterranean areas;
  • Set a common ground towards adapting this investment scheme to the conditions of the Mediterranean.

Aim is also to consolidate outcomes of STEPPING investment plans and tenders pilot actions. Feedback from participants will provide an additional input for the realization of MED EPC Guidelines. Sessions, hands-on demonstrations, round tables and site visits provides a common ground of analysis by taking into account the progress of projects´ tasks.

EPC training package includes educational sessions, structured by Training Modules. Preliminary set of slides and texts is adapted in line with regional/national needs and capacities of project partners. Additional modules are drafted based on regional peculiarities.

At MED level two WEB training sessions will be organized.

Trainings take into consideration also the EPC Best Practices Report, Pilot Implementation Handbook and the initial structure of the EPC MED Guidelines.

STEPPING also developed an Online Simulation Tool and Video on EPC. Tools, videos and other relevant materials on EPC from previous or parallel EU projects were collected as well to additionally support the implementation of trainings.

Joint training event on EPC schemes (Modena, Italy)

Date – 6th of March 2019
Location – Modena, Italy
Project partner – AESS – Energy and Sustainable Development Agency of Modena

Training session started with presentation of different approaches, tools and experiences on EPC: Examples in Modena, French EPC context and model, BEE Energy project and ENERINVEST – Spanish sustainable energy financing platform.

Morning session was rounded up with a hands-on demonstration of the STEPPING EPC Simulation Tool and of the SISMA SET Tool. Participants carried out an exercise in stimulating different EPC scenarios and evaluating the financial sustainability of a proposed EPC by the use of these tools.

Study visit was held over public buildings of the Municipality of Modena recently renovated based on the EPC scheme.

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Energy refurbishment of public buildings by using Energy Performance Contracts (Torino, Italy)

Date – 2nd, 4th and 9th of April 2019
Location – Torino, Italy
Project partner – Piemonte Region (Lead Partner) and EnviPark

Training activity was carried out in April 2019 by Piemonte Region and EnviPark and dedicated to municipalities officials and professionals (architects and engineers).

It was organized in cooperation with the Piemonte Architects Foundation. It was structured in 3 modules of 4 hours each one taking place on the 2nd, the 4th and the 9th of April. Both in terms of numbers, 25 participants, and of persistence, the participation to the training was good. Modules were held mainly with frontal presentations, nevertheless, participants were solicited to be interactive by asking questions and answering to Sli.do surveys.

The training main objective was to boost the adoption of EPC investment schemes for energy refurbishment of public buildings. The topics covered have been: general aspects and best practices; technical and economic aspects; legal and administrative aspects.

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Training Seminar on EPC schemes and critical issues for SMEs within EPC contracts (Modena, Italy)

Date – 8th of April 2019
Location – Modena, Italy
Project partner – AESS – Energy and Sustainable Development Agency of Modena

The training focussed on EPC schemes aimed at providing a legislative national framework on the tools as well at sharing successful cases at regional level where also SMEs were engaged for energy efficiency works implementation.

SMEs from one of the most popular business cluster in our region were invited to attend.

The training was held in the form of a round table where, after a preliminary presentation by AESS Director Piergabriele Andreoli on the legislative national framework related to EPC schemes and on some successful examples implemented, the floor was given to each of the participants in order to get their personal insights on the topic.

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Tools for improving the energy efficiency of buildings (Ravenna, Italy)

Date – 30th of May 2019
Location – Ravenna, Italy
Project partner – AESS – Energy and Sustainable Development Agency of Modena

Training event focused on Energy Performance Contracts-EPC and on the Italian national incentive named Conto Termico was held in Ravenna.

It was a joint event organised by the Municipality of Ravenna and AESS, in the framework of IMPULSE MED and STEPPING MED projects.

The training was targeted mainly to Local Authorities and professionals of the building sector (architects, engineers, etc).

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Energy refurbishment of public buildings – practical experience in EPC (Kranj, Slovenia)

Date – 27th of June 2019
Location – Kranj, Slovenia
Project partner – BSC, Business Support Centre Ltd, Kranj, Regional Development Agency

On the 27th of June 2019, BSC Kranj in cooperation with the Local Energy Agency of Gorenjska (LEAG) carried out a training for municipalities and professionals with the aim to increase the use of energy performance contracting for energy refurbishment of public buildings.

The event was an opportunity to open and discuss the most burning issue on implementation of the EPC scheme in Gorenjska and Slovenia – Needs, limitations and risks in bundling municipalities for energy refurbishment of public buildings with EPC. Role of the supervisor was examined and the process of selecting the private partner in EPC sheme.

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Trainings on the EPC model in Spain (Huelva, Spain)

Date – 2nd, 3rd, 27th of May 2019 & 11th, 26th, 28th of June 2019 & 3rd, 4th, 8th of July 2019
Location – Huelva, Spain
Project partner – DPH – Huelva County Council

By request of the interested municipalities 9 training sessions were organised fo local authorities (politicians) and municipal technicians.

In the first part, an introduction and the preliminary phase of the EPC contract was addressed. The main content of this module is: analysis of the legislative framework, when an EPC model could be carried out and its benefts, diferent types of contracts and energetic services and the fundamental steps for the development of this contract model.

In the second part, it was explained what an energetic audit is and its content. The relevance and importance of the audits were explained too, since it is a key element to be able to determine the future savings and the objectives to reach. The importance of coordination among participating parties (banks, ESCOs) was addessed too.

The third section addressed the economic-fnancial plan and the necessary investment, as well as the diferent approaches to carry it out and the importance of risk assessment.

The last step of the training analyzed the options of the EPC tender process, the award criteria, contractual clauses and the minimum investments for its proftability. The “Contract for energy services and maintenance in public buildings of the Public Administration of the IDAE Agency” (Institute for Energy Diversifcation and Saving under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Government of Spain) was delivered and used as an example.

Finally, STEPPING EPC simulation tool was shown to perform tests and examples by changing consumption and other variables and observing the results.

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Stepping Up for Energy Efficiency (Cittadella, Gozo)

Date – 10th of June 2019
Location – Cittadella, Gozo
Project partner – MIEMA – Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency

The Stepping training for professionals was held in Gozo on the 10th of June 2019. The event was organised in collaboration with the Gozo Business Chamber.

With the aim to attract a wider audience and stakeholders the Stepping training was delivered on the same day of another training organized by the Erasmus + project “BUS trainers” in which MIEMA is also project partner.

The training was focused on the topic of the Energy efficiency of public buildings, the EPC contracts and the build-up skills opportunities for sector workers and professionals. During the event MIEMA also presented the results of the Stepping project pilot and the plans for the energy refurbishment of three public schools in Malta.

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Energy retrofitting of buildings through an EPC: The case of the Municipal Hostel in Lefkes Paros (Island of Paros, Greece)

Date – 1st of March 2019
Location – Island of Paros, Greece
Project partner – AEGEA – Aegean Energy and Environment Agency

First training event for municipalities and professionals took place in Paroikia town in the island of Paros.

Lecturers introduced EPC regulatory framework in Europe and Greece, presented STEPPING project and divided participants into teams to discuss solutions on energy retrofitting. Measures proposed were showcased on a flip chart to discuss their feasibility. Fruitful conversation took place with the Passive House Institute of Greece regarding many aspects of the building energy retrofitting and the existing financing tools.

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Energy retrofitting of buildings through an EPC: The case of the Municipal Hostel in Polyvoti Nisyros (Island of Kos, Greece)

Date – 22nd of March 2019
Location – Island of Kos, Greece
Project partner – AEGEA – Aegean Energy and Environment Agency

Second training for municipalities and professionals took place on the island of Kos, a financial, commercial, administrative and touristic center in the Eastern Aegean. Due to its large touristic revenue and local population, there is an economy of scale that could be a fruitful field for EPCs.

The hoteliers expressed a special interest to be informed about any further information on the advance of EPC in Greece and asked to be involved in its facilitation.

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Training seminar “European Project STEPPING: Energy Retrofitting of Public Buildings through EPC” (Athens, Greece)

Date – 25th of July 2019
Location – Athens, Greece
Project partner – AEGEA – Aegean Energy and Environment Agency

This was the final training seminar held back to back with the final local event. The seminar targeted policy-makers and representatives of the market (ESCOs and SMEs) and financing institutions. Following rounds of discussion on the technical and policy questions related with the EPC market uptake in Greece, the training seminar was structured in an interactive way.

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EPC basics for public building refurbishment (Lyon-Valence-Aurillac, France)

Date – 12th of December 2018; 12th of February 2019; 13th of March 2019; 28th of May 2019
Location – Lyon-Valence-Aurillac, France
Project partner – AURA-EE – Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Énergie Environnement

The objective was to give participants the bases to understand what is an EPC and how can it be used for public building renovation.

The training begins with a review of European and national energy policies, recalling the new orientations, the general objectives for 2030 and 2050 (and the trajectories for achieving them), the specific objectives for reducing the consumption of public buildings, and the financial mechanisms developed at national level.

A general presentation of the principles of EPC and terminology is then given: definition of what is an EPC and what is not (insisting on the guarantee and therefore the need for a global contract), what has to be included and what can be added, and how to use EPC as a tool for energy renovation in the frame of an overall approach to energy performance.

A detailed presentation of the CPE is then made: the different models of CPE (global performance market or public-private partnership), their advantages and disadvantages, the stages of CPE, and the comparison with traditional construction procedures. Financial solutions are also discussed. At the end of this section, participants are able to argue about the interest of a CPE for their own assets.

The morning ends with the presentation of examples of regional energy performance contracts, to show that the procedure works and allows for very efficient renovations.

The afternoon is devoted to the effective implementation of an EPC. The first part explains the positioning of the participants and the identification of the actors during the different phases (preliminary study phases, choice of scope, procurement, monitoring).

A brief presentation of the financial approach is made, as well as grants; in general, funding is not included in the EPC, and available grants and loans are presented

The consultation phase of the companies is then discussed, and allows to know the elements to be included in the specifications, as well as the competitive dialogue procedure

The day ends with measurement and verification: establish the baseline situation to calculate performance achievement, verify the correct installation of meters, and implement the monitoring procedure and corrective measures if necessary.

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Energy performance contracting (ECO.AP) (Portalegre, Portugal)

Date – 14th of May 2019
Location – Portalegre, Portugal
Project partner – AREANATejo – Regional Energy and Environment Agency from North Alentejo

In this event, which was attended by around 30 participants (among municipalities, intermunicipal communities, companies (SME, ESCO’s) and several reference entities at local and national level), the main topics issued were related to the implementation of Energy Performance Contracts.

Now we are working with the municipalities in order to analyse each of the identified energy efficiency measures and working on the possibility to develop a EPC in our region.

The implementation of the STEPPING project made possible to continue the mission of AREANATejo with regard to improving energy efficiency in our acting area with special focus on the infrastructures of the responsibility of the buildings of the municipalities.

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