APES mission and priorities

The Association of Energy Service Providers (APES) of the Czech Republic was established in October 2010. In october 2018 the Association consisted of 26 companies.

The mission of APES is to contribute to the sustainable development of energy services in the Czech market.

APES´s priorities:
  • to represent and defend the legitimate interests of energy service providers in the Czech and European markets,
  • to actively contribute to the long-term development of energy services in the Czech Republic,
  • to define and harmonise the standards of energy services in the Czech Republic,/li>
  • to promote energy services in the public as well as private sector.
Results
  • We have prepared a draft of contract model for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, tender documentation and tender procedure methodologies for public contracting authorities of projects using energy services with a guaranteed result.
  • For the MTI, we have developed a proposal for the certification of consultancy firms and energy service providers.
  • We have organised a conference and lectured on a number of seminars and trainings to promote energy services with guaranteed result as one of the important ways of increasing energy efficiency, as perceived by the European Commission's EED 2012/27/EU.
  • We are working on a guide to a possible procedure for the contracting authority to carry out construction projects with the Design & Build (& Operate) delivery method, focusing on minimising total life cycle costs, which, similarly to EPC, puts emphasis on reducing the energy intensity of buildings.

International co-operation

APES and its members are involved in a number of major international projects:

QUANTUM

The QUANTUM international project under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020 aims to develop and test tools and procedures for implementing a quality management process throughout the building's life cycle, thereby achieving further energy savings.

The QUANTUM project, whose full name is Quality Management for Building Performance – improving energy performance by life cycle quality management, has a budget of approximately 7 million EURO, of which the Horizon 2020 contribution amounts to 5.7 million EURO.

A total of 14 partners from 11 countries participate in the project. Half of them are commercial companies, the other half consists of non-profit organisations and universities. The main co-ordinator is the Technische Universitat Braunschweig (Germany).

ENESA is a member of the team with the aim to develop and test tools and service models to reduce energy consumption in buildings by up to 10% through optimising the operation of these buildings while keeping them user-friendly.

This is a 4-year project whose results will be known in December 2019.Find out more about the project here.

QualitEE

The QualitEE project, funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme, aims to support investment in energy efficiency services, particularly in buildings. Another aim is to increase confidence in the providers of these services. The project objectives will be achieved by setting up criteria for the quality evaluation of the services mentioned and the implementation of service quality assurance systems on a national level.

The QualitEE project consortium consists of 12 partner organisations covering 18 European countries, then an expert advisory committee including CEN/CENELEC European standard creator and other 59 supporters such as financial institutions, government agencies, trade unions and industry associations or certifying institutions. Czech experts on this issue are represented by SEVEn. Find out more about the project here.

EPC+

The goal of the “Energy Services with Guaranteed Savings Plus” (EPC+) project is to reduce the transaction costs of energy service packages dramatically so that companies offering energy services can run small-scale projects and investments within small and medium-size entrepreneurs (SME). This can only be achieved through high standardisation of technical solutions and contractual energy service issues.

Project outputs include:

  • Creating commercial standardised energy service packages for SMEs in each participating country.
  • In addition, each participating country will produce energy service packages that meet its specific requirements. These packages will include standardised technical solutions for specific market sector, a master agreement and if possible, a financial solution.
  • This project will create erudite co-operation between SMEs for Innovative Energy Services (SPINS) and will implement pilot projects.

Expected results:

  • Commercial standardised energy service packages.
  • Education in EPC technical, financial and contractual matters.
  • Eleven new cluster companies (SPINs) to offer energy services to the SME market.
  • Twenty-two pilot projects implemented by SPINs.
  • National and European communication and awareness campaigns that appeal to more than 5,000 professionals and 15,000 clients.

More on the project pages here.

GuarantEE

The project is funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme and is focused on supporting and expanding EPC projects in the private and public sectors. The processing team consists of a consortium of 14 partner organisations from 14 European countries. The partner for the Czech Republic is ENVIROS, the leading partner is the Berlin Energy Agency

Project partners are engaged in developing EPC project solutions for rented buildings. The goal is the "triple win solution", which is the optimal distribution of the costs and benefits of energy savings projects between the three parties. Compared to the current EPC model used in almost all participating countries, where the contracting authority participates - the owner of the property and ESCO - the energy-saving project developer, in the private sector of the building, the third party - the tenant enters the project.

After introducing or expanding a flexible solution aimed at private sector building owners, the project partners will, with the help of facilitators, prepare about 30 good practice projects, which will then be presented in an online database on the project's website.

For the initial assessment of the EPC method’s suitability, an online tool has been created within the project, where within a few minutes the user can find whether their property is suitable for the implementation of an energy-saving project using EPC. Find the tool here.

More about the guarantEE project at www.guarantee-project.eu.

APES Council

The executive body of the Association is the Council. It consists of two representatives from ESCO companies and two representatives from consultancy firms and one representative from the academic sphere. The Council usually meets once a month.

Acceptance criteria

In accordance with the Articles of the Association, new members are accepted by the APES Council based on a personal presentation of the candidate for membership at the Council's meeting, which takes place once a month. If you are interested, please contact office@apes.cz, tel. + 420 603 894 354, where you can receive more information regarding the entry procedure, services and membership fees.

References

Partners

APES has a particularly close working relationship with the following organisations and institutions:

Articles to download here.

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