The mentor OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV) (AT)’ and mentees London Borough of Sutton (UK)’, Municipality of Egaleo (EL)’, and Municipality of Agios Dimitrios (EL)’ of the 4th Learning Group for Public Lighting already participated in two online sessions and are preparing for a physical meeting to take place at Linz on the beginning of December.

The learning activities officially started on the 4th of June 2018. During this first online session, for Step 1, ESV presented the EPC in Upper Austria’ project, which covers the sectors of Public Lighting, Public and Business Buildings and Renewable Energy Installations. It supports energy efficiency projects and investments in renewable energy technologies in the public and business sectors. The key to the programme's success is the combination of a strong supporting facilitation service (information & advice services offered by the regional energy agency) and a financial incentive offered by the regional government. Overall, this has led to a functional and well developed Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) market in Upper Austria with many EPC projects implemented each year. For example, in the Municipality of Bad Schallerbach, the following savings were achieved: 130,900 kWh of electricity, 19,500 € of electricity costs, 20,000 € of maintenance costs, as well as a CO2 emission reduction of 60 tons.

During Step 2 of the Learning Programme, a second online session took place on the 12th of September 2018. The mentees presented a number of energy efficiency projects in their cities and specific needs to be addressed by the mentor during the physical meeting visit. The mentees presented the following projects:

  • London Borough of Sutton presented the Smart Street Light Programme’ project, which is currently in the development phase with a total budget of 3,500,000 €.
  • The Municipality of Agios Dimitrios presented the Streetlight refurbishment in Municipality of Agios Dimitrios’ project, currently under development, with a total budget of 3,500,000 €.
  • The Municipality of Egaleo presented the Streetlight upgrade in Municipality of Egaleo’ project, which is also under development with a total budget of 3,000,000 €.

A physical meeting between the mentor and the mentees will take place on the 5th- 6th of December 2018, in Linz, Austria. In this meeting, the participants will share more in-depth knowledge on how the mentees can implement EPC in their cities to finance their public lighting projects and achieve energy efficiency. 

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