Investing into Energy-Efficiency Projects: Why and How?

How do utility bill savings translate into attractive projects? What needs to be done in the next decade to meet the European Union targets for energy savings?

Organized by EBC Annex 61: Development of Business Models and Technical Concepts for Deep Energy Retrofits.

Higher energy efficiency in the built environment is key to reach Europe’s goals for energy security, climate change and economic growth. Indeed, buildings provide the second largest untapped and cost-effective potential for energy savings after the energy sector itself. However, the majority of profit-led energy service providers, private banks or investment funds have not identified energy efficiency in housing as an attractive business model. In order to create a change in perception and stimulate the appetite of private investors, already existing success stories need significantly better promotion. How do utility bill savings translate into attractive projects? What needs to be done in the next decade to meet the European Union targets for energy savings?

The Investors Day addressed these questions, taking into consideration policy guidance, experiences from current energy-saving projects and analyses of risks related to energy service companies (ESCO) as well as other business models.

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