Welcome to Transparense project
The goal of the Transparense project was to increase the transparency and trustworthiness of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) markets throughout Europe. With its twenty partners covering both mature and beginner EPC markets, the project has developed and increased the European EPC market and thereby achieve substantial energy efficiency improvement.
Transparense focused on the major characteristics of the EPC projects in individual countries. One of its main outputs was a Code of Conduct for the implementation of EPC projects and its 20 national modifications in the participating countries. The Code of Conduct defines the fundamental principles for EPC projects preparation and implementation. Compliance with the Codes of Conduct serves as a guarantee of the quality of EPC projects implemented. High share of EPC providers, that is energy service companies (ESCOs), that will be ready to adhere to the principles of the Codes of Conduct is expected to raise confidence in using EPC by the potential clients. Individual Codes of Conduct was directly tested on specific pilot projects in all participating countries, at the same time contributing to the promotion of good practice principles both on the side of ESCOs and clients.
Gradually increased demand for EPC and emergence of new ESCOs is expected to be further supported by the new EU directive on energy efficiency, which defines the requirements for making use of energy services by public institutions. Within Transparense, ESCOs were offered high-quality training programmes and materials. Trainings are one way how the project supports transfer of experience from more advanced EPC markets, to those less experienced. Such transfer was supported also by databases providing an overview of European EPC markets through specific information about ESCOs, their associations, EPC models and the existing initiatives promoting EPC, which will be available to public on the Transparense website.
The Transparense project started in April 2013 and was completed in September 2015. The project brought together 20 European partners: the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Denmark and Norway. The project has a budget of million 2.1 million € and is financed by Intelligent Energy Europe with co-funding from the project partners.