Workshop: Facilitation of energy services and the ESCO market in Europe

Start/Stop Date:
07–08 Apr 2011
The European Commission (DG Joint Research Centre)
Grand Hotel Adriatico, Via Maso Finiguerra 9, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Focus Areas:
Energy Services, ESCOs
Type of Event:


End-use energy efficiency can significantly contribute to the reduction of European primary energy consumption by 20% by 2020, and will also be significant for the renewable energy and GHG emission targets. Among the priority actions and policy measures proposed by the European Commission in its Energy Efficiency Action Plan, many aim at introducing innovative financing instruments and facilitating energy service companies. A number of new policies instruments are implemented and proposed by Member States to create a market for energy efficiency and energy services (ESCOs).

In spite of the crucial role energy services and ESCOs play in delivering energy efficiency improvements and thus economic benefits in certain European countries, even the most developed ESCO markets suffer from continuing barriers. The most important barriers in the European Member States that persist to the broader application of ESCO projects have been found to be hindering procurement rules, lack or mismatch of appropriate financing, low client confidence and unclear contracts, among many others.

The Workshop on the Facilitation of Energy Services and the ESCO market in Europe will bring together representatives of industry, policy-makers, researchers and experts to overview and discuss the remaining barriers, the reasons behind them and potential solutions in order to foster the European ESCO market.
The workshop should enable participants and the JRC to formulate recommendations that contribute to the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of community and national policies related to ESCOs. Conclusions will include the formulation of possible new legislative and non-legislative measures to stimulate energy services and the market for ESCOs.

Draft Agenda (pdf)