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NEWSLETTER #3

March, 2022

Welcome to Issue 3 of the REFINE newsletter!

We’re delighted to bring your our third newsletter which gives an update on what has been happening in REFINE over the past few months including the latest project research findings, publications, blogs, news and events.

REFINE is a H2020 EU-funded project that aims to improve the supply of sufficient and attractive financing sources for energy efficiency investments and mainstream refinancing instruments for future energy efficiency projects across Europe. Within this scope, it seeks to create new business opportunities for financial institutions by establishing well-structured refinancing schemes for Energy Efficiency Services (EES) practices.

REFINE partners have identified a large market potential for sustainable finance in the energy efficiency field that is just waiting for a smart way to be instrumentalized. In-depth research and market analysis carried out earlier within the project have shown the advantages brought by refinancing schemes. Over time, REFINE will cooperate with key stakeholders including financial institutions, EES providers, market facilitators and guarantee funds, using their knowledge and expertise to support anyone who is interested in growing within this business area.

We encourage you to share this newsletter with interested colleagues and friends, subscriptions can be made through our website.

For regular updates, follow the project on Twitter: @REFINE_Project & LinkedIn: REFINE Project

Kind regards,
The REFINE Team

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Market Research Survey

REFINE is currently conducting a short survey for EES providers (ESCOs) to collect information about their (potential) interesting selling receivables from ongoing or future EES projects. Financial institutions have expressed their interest to learn more about the market potential related to the acquisition of receivables from ongoing and/or future EES projects across Europe. This approach may help EES providers to overcome financial bottlenecks and to gain leeway for the expansion of their business more easily.

If you are representing an EES provider or ESCO company, complete our survey, which will take you no longer than 5-10 minutes and have your say on Europe’s financial market for energy investment:

Survey

PUBLICATIONS

Our website hosts a selection of publications by REFINE project partners which outline and define the core concepts and key findings of the project and its progress towards creating a robust financial market for energy efficiency projects in Europe.

Aimed towards energy efficiency service providers, financial institutions, guarantee funds and other market facilitators, check out the most recent project publication on contract stipulations and a practical template for rating the ‘refinanceability’ of EES projects below. A live bank of publications can be found on our website. Some topics include:

Refine Blog

Our blogs give a snapshot overview of some of the project’s most central findings and methodologies. A selection is outlined below, read on to find out how Europe can drive investment in energy efficiency projects forward and its importance for creating a more climate-neutral EU for all. Check out our latest entries below.

blog

Refine Results

In the latest project research, the REFINE consortium designed a two-tier risk assessment system that can be applied specifically when a financing institution analyses the refinanceability of an EES project. The first document in the system provides a guide with explanatory context for the use of the rating system. In this, some of the following key findings were identified.

Potential Risks Related to the Refinancing of EES Projects:

In general, two layers of risks can be identified with respect to the refinancing of EES projects:

  • Technical risk generally remains with the EES provider
  • Financial risk remains with the refinancing institution

Additionally, the following risk elements were identified:

  • EES Provider Risk
  • Client Risk
  • EES Project Risks
  • Project Refinanceability Risk

A summary of the risk layers can be seen here:

The second document in the rating system is an elaborated excel template that is directly applicable for the evaluation of EES projects. It consists of the following elements:

  • Standard Default Risk Evaluation
  • EES Project Rating
  • Contractual Preparedness for Refinancing

Get Involved

Pilot Applications

 

The REFINE Project is currently conducting a number of pilot applications to implement the instruments and tools developed in the project in real-life energy efficiency services projects. Up to 42 pilot applications are foreseen ensuring a wide range of projects is included in the testing.

We have received a number of expressions from EES providers and financial institutions willing to test the developed tools and services, with a number of pilot applications still to be identified in each country.

For each partner country and project, the most suitable refinancing instrument concepts and tools will be selected for pilot applications

If your organisation would be interested in participating please contact: info@refineproject.eu

REFINE Training Modules

REFINE will be releasing a collection of training modules as part of our project knowledge centre in the coming weeks. The aim of the training sessions is to increase awareness about the positive impact of refinancing schemes on the financial feasibility of energy efficiency investment among ESCO providers and financial institutions, as well as amplifying the actual use of refinancing schemes in EES business practice.

The content will focus on EES providers covering the specifics of energy efficiency services and markets, as well as the benefits of refinancing instruments, tools and services with respect to implementation, involved parties, cost structure, risk coverage and legal and financial implications. Overall, these modules will provide a valuable introduction and overview of the project’s core tools and methodologies which are open-source and adaptable for the user’s context.

Each module will be guided and PDF versions will also be available in 9 EU project languages to download and follow along.

Get to Know

Get to Know
Want a rundown on what REFINE is all about? Download our project leaflet and poster from our ‘About’ section by clicking on the image below and share it with your colleagues too. If you want to find out more, drop us an email at info@refineproject.eu

INDUSTRY NEWS & EVENTS

EEEC
European Energy Efficiency Conference 2022
6th – 8th April (Wels, Austria / Online)
Taking place during the World Sustainable Energy Days, the European Energy Efficiency Conference will focus on “Energy efficiency – full speed ahead!”. With the new “Fit for 55” package released last year, it aims to put the EU on track towards climate neutrality meaning that speeding up the energy transition is critical. Organised by eceee member OÖ Energiesparverband, in 2022, the European Energy Efficiency Conference presents the far-reaching transformation of policies, technologies and markets for achieving climate neutrality, and how to raise the pace of change. It shows how citizens and businesses can profit from this, how we can increase acceptance, trigger investments, and get things moving – full speed! Register for the conference here
8th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues
23rd – 24th May (Paris, France / Online)

 

The 8th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues (ISEFI-2022), jointly organized by the IPAG Center for Energy Economics and Environment (IPAG Business School), the Climate Economics Chair (Paris Dauphine University – PSL), and the Centre for Study of Globalisation, Conflicts, Territories and Vulnerabilities (University of Paris-Saclay), will take place as a hybrid event on 23-24 May 2022 in Paris, France. It aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges that interrelate energy, environment, macroeconomics, and financial markets. Register here…

CREARA Sign Agreement with ANESE to Promote Refinancing of Energy Efficiency Projects in Spain

Congratulations to partner CREARA who lead the REFINE project in Spain, they recently signed an agreement with ANESE, the country’s national association for ESCOs to promote the refinancing of energy efficiency projects in Spain. The agreement is created to collaborate in the development of REFINE, a European project funded by the H2020 programme, focused on developing instruments to facilitate the refinancing of energy efficiency projects across Europe.

As part of this agreement, ANESE will contribute to the identification of potential pilot projects among its members, and to the organisation of capacity building and training workshops in 2022/23. In turn, Creara joins the association as a full member.

Read the full press release here.

Funding for Future (fcubed): Sustainability Report 2021 
REFINE partner Funding for Future states that “One of the most innovative ways to deal with the European-wide problems of societal breakdown and CO2 emissions is to dEEp renovate buildings (for energy efficiency) which, apart from the CO2 reductions, results also in more comfortable and healthier buildings for residents.” However, there are rising challenges within the industry such as the buildings crisis, energy poverty and climate change that Funding for Future works to create a solution for in The Netherlands and beyond. They released their Sustainability Report for 2021 earlier this year which outlines their progress towards addressing these problems while additionally, giving an insight into the excellent and important work of the organisation. Read it here…

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