Energy Efficiency Services
Energy efficiency services include designing and implementing measures that improve the clients’ energy efficiency, reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. The contracts involve long-term commitments that ensure energy savings through continuous monitoring, effective operation and maintenance. In addition, providing energy efficiency as a service can lead to more affordable pricing plans and solutions adaptable to individual clients’ needs.
The definition of energy services in the Energy Efficiency Directive:
“The physical benefit, utility or good derived from a combination of energy with energy-efficient technology or with action, which may include the operations, maintenance and control necessary to deliver the service, which is delivered on the basis of a contract and in normal circumstances has proven to result in verifiable and measurable or estimable energy efficiency improvement or primary energy savings”
Energy Performance Contracts (EnPCs)
Energy performance contracts (EnPCs) are essential tools for reducing the energy consumption of buildings. These solutions offer an essential complement to deep renovation by offering energy efficiency improvements that guarantee expected energy performance over time and increasing the share of renewable energy, while facilitating financing and enhancing comfort.
The definition of energy performance contracting in the Energy Efficiency Directive:
“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 as financial savings”
District Approach for Heating and Cooling
District heating and cooling (DHC) networks have a vast potential to speed up the climate- and energy transition by using and streamlining a mix of local energy sources, including waste heat, and providing dynamic management solutions such as storage, highly efficient production and distribution of heat, as well as balancing services for the electricity grid.
The definition of district heating or district cooling in the Renewable Energy Directive:
“the distribution of thermal energy in the form of steam, hot water or chilled liquids, from a central source of production through a network to multiple buildings or sites, for the use of space or process heating or cooling”
The definition of an efficient district heating and cooling system in the Energy Efficiency Directive:
“a district heating or cooling system using at least 50 % renewable energy, 50 % waste heat, 75 % cogenerated heat or 50 % of a combination of such energy and heat”