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First time award to a Belgian energy retrofit project won by RenoWatt - project facilitated by eeef’s European Commission TA Facility

Liège (Belgium) – RenoWatt, carrying out energy retrofit of public buildings in the Liège province, wins the ‘Best Energy Project 2017’ award. It was attributed by the European Commission and the Berliner Energie Agentur in Berlin (Germany), for targeting climate change and the specific needs of participating public authorities.
 
RenoWatt is an initiative of the Groupement de Redéploiement Economique Liège (GRE-Liège) launched in November 2014. GRE-Liège, representing initially ten public authorities located in the province of Liege (before they were joined by new municipalities), received Technical Assistance (TA) funds from eeef’s European Commission TA Facility to enhance energy efficiency by pooling smaller projects, thereby removing technical, administrative and financial barriers that hinder public institutions to implement green investment programmes. This TA project aimed at developing the launch of both light and deep retrofit projects through EPC models for public buildings, such as schools, administrative buildings and historic sites, as well as the upgrade of street lighting systems belonging to the different public authorities. RenoWatt, a one-stop-shop, provided technical, legal and financial expertise fulfilling the individual needs of the participating public authorities, while seeking innovative funding solutions and promoting local businesses and employment in the area.
 
Starting with an initial investment volume of approx. EUR43m, the ambitious project was scaled up over time and awarded four EPCs amounting to EUR51.9m as well as a one further EPC for the Huy Regional Hospital (CHRH) amounting to EUR8m (total of EUR60m including maintenance). In total 64 sites representing 134 buildings have been renovated for the Liège Province, the cities of Liège, Seraing, Herstal, Verviers and the municipalities of Oupeye, Bassenge and Trois-Ponts. The project was financed via local sources receiving a loan from Belfius (Belgian Smart City Fund). 
 
The eeef team is congratulating GRE-Liège for the excellent achievement in providing a tailored response to climate change issues in the province of Liège. Zarpana Signor, Technical Assistance Manager of the eeef, added: “The GRE-Liège team in cooperation with the participating public authorities achieved the implementation of a lighthouse building refurbishment project in an ambitious timeframe attracting now further municipalities to join energy transition efforts. In addition to the Jewish Museum Berlin project (Germany) and the University Hospital S. Orsola Malpighi project (Italy), RenoWatt is the third eeef project honoured with an award which we are very proud of.”
  
The European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef) S.A., SICAV-SIF is a “société d’investissement à capital variable” governed by Luxembourg law and was initiated by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Investment Bank. The initial capitalization provided by the European Commission was increased with contributions from the sponsors European Investment Bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti as well as the Investment Manager Deutsche Bank.

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Gijón is the first city joining eeef to collaborate on the new eeef Technical Assistance Facility

Ayuntamiento de Gijón is the first public authority that will participate in the new Technical Assistance Facility of the Fund, which has also received funding from the ELENA Facility under Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union. The objective of the new facility is to support public entities to prepare investment programmes for a sustainable transformation in the areas of energy efficiency (mainly public building renovation and street lighting upgrades) as well as small scale renewable energy. eeef has selected a pool of consultants to work closely with the public authorities during the preparation of energy audits and public tender process. With the full commitment of its Mayoress, City of Gijon has embarked on an ambitious journey to finalise energy audits for 98 public buildings and 40,000 street lighting points, identifying the set of energy efficiency and /or renewable energy related interventions as well as publishing the tendering documentation to launch a €20m investment programme (estimated) in renovation works and preferably selecting an ESCO company to realise the measures within a two year timeframe. eeef will be accompanying the City during the whole process, while  collaborating with the management team proposed by the City side by side.

eeef is confident being the right partner for medium-sized European cities which have the drive and willingness to elaborate and implement investment programmes and as a result offer their citizens a more clean and liveable environment.

eeef is welcoming other European cities to follow suit the case study of Gijón in launching comparable projects – the new eeef Technical Assistance is available for further applications. Please visit: http://www.eeef.eu/eeef-ta-facility.html

City of Gijón is the largest municipality with a population of 270,000 citizens in the community of Austurias in Spain. Since 3 years, the City has been developing its European agenda and positioning itself as ‘Gijón en Europa’ with a number of projects and initiatives at European level.

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) S.A., SICAV-SIF is a “societé d’investissement à capital veriable” governed by Luxembourg law and was initiated by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Investment Bank. The initial capitalization provided by the European Commission was increased with contributions from the European Investment Bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti as well as the Investment Manager Deutsche Bank.

Further links:
http://www.elcomercio.es/gijon/201705/05/europa-audita-alumbrado-gijon-20170505025812-v.html
http://www.lne.es/gijon/2017/05/05/ayuntamiento-auditara-98-edificios-municipales/2099502.html

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