OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV) mentoring in PROSPECT Learning Cycle 3
The Mentor ‘OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV)(AT)’ and Mentees ‘Municipality of Pesaro (Italy)’, ‘Municipality of Yerevan (Armenia)’, ‘Municipality of Vila Nova de Poiares (Portugal)’ and ‘Municipality of Liévin (France)’ are members of the 2nd Learning Group for Public Buildings of the 3rd Learning Cycle of PROSPECT Learning Programme. +Mentors' Corner
The group participated in two online peer learning sessions. During Step 1 of the Learning Programme, an online session (Orientation session) took place on the 17th of May 2019. At this first online session, ESV presented the ‘EPC in Upper Austria’ bundle of projects, covering many sectors such as Public Buildings, Public Lighting, Public and Business Buildings and Renewable Energy Installations etc. (Municipality of Bad Schallerbach, Municipality of Gunskirchen, Large-scale conversion to LED in Wels, Gas station "Pink"). It supports energy efficiency projects and investments in renewable energy technologies in the public and business sectors. The key to the programme's success is the combination of a strong supporting facilitation service (information & advice services offered by the regional energy agency) and a financial incentive offered by the regional government.
Overall, this has led to a functional and well developed Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) market in Upper Austria with many EPC projects implemented each year. More than 200 contracting projects were supported (about 100 in municipalities, 50 in companies and 50 in institutions), with a total investment of around 65 million €. For example, in the Municipality of Gunskirchen the following savings were achieved: 78,300 kWh of electricity, 12,500 € of electricity costs, 28,000 € of maintenance costs, as well as a CO2 emission reduction of 36 tons.
During the Step 2 of the Learning Programme and on the 11th of June 2019 the team met again online. The Mentees presented projects and ideas related to the role of EPC in public buildings. Specific needs to be addressed during the visit by the mentor were discussed as well.
The Mentees visited ESV in Upper Austria to learn about EPC in public lighting
Step 3 includes the physical meeting, that took place on the 17th and 18th of September 2019 where representatives from all the participating cities and regions had the chance to talk in detail about all the stages of their project and become more familiar with clean energy best practices via targeted site visits.
Each mentee received tailor-made advice on innovative financing from the mentor (ESV).
The 4th and last Step of the Programme will include an online session dedicated to the assessment and evaluation of the peer learning activities.
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