EFIEES is a partner of the QualitEE Project.
Funded by the Horizon2020 Programme, QualitEE is a research and innovation project that aims to increase investment in energy efficiency services in the building sector within the EU and improve trust in service providers. This is being achieved by developing quality assessment criteria and implementing quality assurance schemes.
QualitEE builds upon the Transparense project, which established the European Code of Conduct for Energy Performance Contracting in 2014. The code defined the basic values and principles that are considered fundamental for EPC projects and represents an important first step to increasing transparency and trust for these services. However, the code does not provide the assessment criteria or verification procedures that are required to enforce the quality of EPC. The QualitEE project looks to address this, whilst broadening the scope to include a wider range of energy efficiency services.
The QualitEE project is carrying out extensive research, as well as consultation with key experts and stakeholders in the energy efficiency services market. Key outcomes from this work are being published, and made available for download, to support the uptake and development of quality assurance for energy efficiency services.
- European Quality Assessment Criteria
The focal publication will be a core set of Quality Assessment Criteria for energy efficiency services harmonised across Europe, and with nationally focussed additions. The guidelines will break down the key aspects within energy efficiency services into components/questions that can be individually assessed for quality, known as the ‘quality criteria’.
The Draft Guidelines of European Technical Quality Criteria for Energy Efficiency Services are available for download here. The final version will be ready in 2020.
- Financial Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Services
This document presents quality criteria relevant for financing of energy efficiency services (EES). It aims to establish a common understanding for the assessment of bankability of EES projects targeting at financial institutions, energy service companies and clients. On the one hand, financial quality criteria help financial institutions to assess the bankability of EES projects. On the other hand, the criteria support the project developers to prepare and implement their project in a way that facilities financing.
The financial guidelines are available for download here.
- European Report on the Energy Efficiency Services Market and Quality
It is one of the most in depth and focussed studies of European Energy Efficiency Services (EES) markets to date. The report reviews the current status of quality assurance for EES in the 15 European countries covered. In each case it is recommended that further action is required to develop and implement quality assurance schemes to overcome existing lack of trust in service providers and low customer demand.
For more findings and to download the report click here.
- Country Reports
National reports on energy efficiency services markets, finance and quality have been developed for 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom.
You can download the reports here.
- Business Models for Quality Assurance
In the report, 10 shortlisted business models – selected by QualitEE partners from a long list of 84 – are presented, described and analysed. The aim of the report is to inform the development of functioning quality-assurance business models for energy efficiency services across Europe.
You can read the report here.