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Structural Funds for Buildings EUROACE PACKAGE The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings 21 pan-European acting internationals Helping the European Union to meet the Lisbon Agenda and its Kyoto commitments, and to improve energy security EPBD ESD

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who is euroace
The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

21 pan-European acting internationals

Helping the European Union to meet the Lisbon Agenda and its Kyoto commitments, and to improve energy security



Green Paper on Energy Efficiency

Structural Funds

Who is EuroACE?
  • Kanauf Insulation
  • Paroc
  • Philips Lighting
  • Pilkington
  • Rockwool
  • International
  • Siant-Gobain
  • Isover
  • Siemens
  • Skanska
  • URSA
  • BING
  • BPB
  • CRH
  • Danfoss
  • Giacomini
  • Grundfos
  • Honeywell
  • Hunter
  • Douglas

EU unlikely to meet Kyoto objectives


Buildings alone have the potential to reach Kyoto objectives


Global Warming


No action


Increasing dependence on foreign energy sources

Reducing energy demand in buildings can help limit our exposure to supply issues

Security of Energy Supply

No action


Lisbon objectives not achieved

Improving energy efficiency improves economic efficiency

No action


The Lisbon Process

Europe’s energy challenges

the potential in buildings the improvements
The potential in buildings – the improvements










Building Management systems

Thermostatic valves






Air condition

potential from buildings eu 25 co 2 savings
Potential from buildings (EU 25)- CO2 savings

Annual CO2 Emissions in the European Building Stock (EU 25)

Reduction Potential from Buildings




Total heat

related emission

Technical potential emission reductions

potential from buildings eu 25 cost savings11
Potential from buildings (EU 25) - cost savings


Half the GDP of

Czech Republic

potential from buildings eu 25 jobs
Potential from buildings (EU 25) - jobs
  • Impact on jobs based on:
    • Construction market
    • Equipment
    • Maintenance of equipment
  • Impact expected to lead to up to:

530,000 new jobs per year

potential from buildings eu 25 security of supply
Potential from buildings (EU 25) – security of supply
  • 3.3 million barrels of oil a day equivalent
  • 700 000 more barrels than Europe imports daily from Russia
the potential in buildings the improvements14
The potential in buildings– the improvements
  • Improvements to the building fabric
    • Insulation (roof, wall, floor)
    • Window replacement
  • Improvements to the heating system
    • Thermostatic radiator valves and balancing valves
    • Boiler replacements
    • Control systems
  • Other improvements
    • Lights
new member states common opportunities
New Member States – commonopportunities
  • Same potential of energy savings
    • 40% of Energy Use
  • Large potential of CO2 reduction
    • 60 million tonnes
  • Significant potential of cost savings
    • 9.8 Billion EURO
  • Major job potential
    • 230 000extra jobs
new member states perfect fit with the lisbon agenda
New Member States – perfect fit withthe Lisbon Agenda



  • Improving quality of homes
  • Lowering energy bills
  • Lowering energy consumption
  • Reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses
  • Creating jobs
  • Building local and regional capacities
new member states different challenges
New Member States – different challenges
  • Crisis in the Housing Sector
    • suffer from inadequate condition of their homes
    • high energy bills
    • very poor energy efficiency levels
  • Need for urgent refurbishment
high rise buildings study
High Rise Buildings- Study
  • One in six dwellings in Europe – 36 million – are in high-rise buildings; up to 50% of the population live in them in some countries
  • 19 out of 27 housing ministries respondent to the VROM survey regard poor energy efficiency as a ”moderate” to ”major” problem
  • Identify energy efficiency as part of general refurbishment and
  • Identify opportunities for and barriers to energy efficiency investment
high rise buildings potential in new member states
High Rise Buildings - potential in New Member States
  • Findings in demonstration projects
    • Energy savings of app 70%
    • Annual investment1) app 2 €/m2
    • Simple payback period 8-11 years
  • The highest energy saving potential is in EU 10 countries where 39% of al energy for heating in high rise buildings can be saved
  • CO2 reduction on app. 15 MtCO2 in EU 10

New Member States

1) the necessary investment is financed over 30 years for building fabric measures and 20 years for heating measures. Interest rate applied is 5%.

high rise buildings barriers and key recommendations
High Rise Buildings – Barriers and key recommendations

Barriers to energy efficiency investment

  • Political and institutional
  • Financial and economic
  • Legal
  • Capacity and social

Key Recommendations

  • Further examine how to overcome the finance hurdle in the new Member States of the EU 10

Full report, case studies and base region fact sheets is available on the EuroACE website

case studies
Case studies
  • Six case studies have been prepared, highlighting practical approaches and identified key barriers to acting in buildings in the new Member States…
new member states barriers
New Member States – barriers
  • Barriers to energy efficiency investment
    • Political and institutional
    • Financial and economic
    • Legal
    • Capacity and social
new member states hurdle 1
New Member States – hurdle 1


Finding finance for small projects

  • Small Projects < 10 million euro
  • Value of projects do not attract finance
    • Need to find ways to attract finance
  • Transaction costs too high to be bankable
    • Need to find ways to reduce transaction costs
  • Large Projects > 10 million euro
  • Value of projects large enough to attract finance
  • Transaction costs covered by size
new member states solution
New Member States – Solution


Largest potential for competitiveness, jobs and security

Reducing transaction costs and attracting finance

  • Two steps towards making small projects bankable (< 10 million euro)

Streamlined financial method

streamlined financial mechanism
Streamlined financial mechanism

Step 1 – Attracting finance

  • Improving capacity within the banking industry to understand the risks associated with energy efficiency loans in buildings is the key to attracting finance
  • Lenders are unable to judge the level of risk
  • Lenders do not know how to market such loans
  • EU funds can play a role in building capacity among lending organisations
  • EU funds can support the building of knowledge of how to market loans

Streamlined financial


  • Step 2 – Making loans bankable (i.e. reducing interest rates to acceptable levels)
    • Offering private investors a degree of protection from borrowers who default on loans for energy efficiency measures can drastically reduce interest rates levels

EU Funds

Private Finance




Default risk

  • Leveraging structural funds
  • Grants are made available to develop capacity within the banking sector
  • Money is provided to act as guarantee fund for default risk
  • Huge private investment is made possible for small buildings projects

Capacity building