The goal of the Transparense project was to increase the transparency and trustworthiness of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) markets throughout Europe. With its twenty partners covering both mature and beginner EPC markets, the project had a great potential to develop and increase the European EPC market and thereby achieve substantial energy efficiency improvement.
Transparense focused on the major characteristics of the EPC projects in individual countries. One of its main outputs was a Code of Conduct for the implementation of EPC projects and its 20 national modifications in the participating countries. The Code of Conduct defines the fundamental principles for EPC projects preparation and implementation. Compliance with the Codes of Conduct serves as a guarantee of the quality of EPC projects implemented. A high share of EPC providers (energy service companies (ESCOs), that adhered to the principles of the Codes of Conduct raised confidence in using EPC with the potential clients. Individual Codes of Conduct were directly tested on specific pilot projects in all participating countries, at the same time contributing to the promotion of good practice principles both on the side of ESCOs and clients.
Gradually increased demand for EPC and emergence of new ESCOs is expected to be further supported by the new EU directive on energy efficiency, which defines the requirements for making use of energy services by public institutions. Within Transparense, ESCOs offered high-quality training programmes and materials. Trainings are one way how the project supports transfer of experience from more advanced EPC markets, to those less experienced. Such transfer were also supported by databases providing an overview of European EPC markets through specific information about ESCOs, their associations, EPC models and the existing initiatives promoting EPC, which are available to the public on the Transparense website.
The Transparense project started in April 2013 and was completed in September 2015. The project brought together 20 European partners: the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Denmark and Norway. The project had a budget of 2.1 million € and was financed by Intelligent Energy Europe with co-funding from the project partners.