Energy Efficiency in Buildings, from Financing to Implementation: A Comprehensive Look at the ENERGATE Workshop Through Survey Insights

A comprehensive look at the ENERGATE Workshop through survey insights

When the ENERGATE project recently held a regional training workshop on financing and implementing energy efficiency in buildings, consortium partners invited the participants to answer a survey about their preferences and needs when it comes to choosing energy efficiency investments and implementing their own projects.

The answers of the audience – which included project developers and energy consultants, but also representatives from the financing community – provided a rich tapestry of insights that are not only valuable to the development of the ENERGATE marketplace, but also to the understanding of the dynamics between energy and financial stakeholders.

While the full survey report is available in the ENERGATE website , below are some key outputs worthy of note.

Different stakeholders prioritise different factors

When asked to identify pivotal factors for evaluating energy efficiency projects in buildings, respondents showed that different stakeholder groups consider different factors as more significant. This proves the usefulness of platforms that look to meet the requirements and needs of heterogenous market actors in an optimal and standardised manner, such as the ENERGATE marketplace.

Financing aggregated projects seems to appeal to everyone

The concept of financing aggregated projects, especially those originating from the same implementor, was met with significant approval, being rated notably high by 80% of the participants. The survey shows, however, that stakeholders do not always agree on which features should serve as main criteria for aggregation.

Respondents confirm the need for matchmaking

All respondents agreed that aggregating projects and matching them with financiers are very relevant and necessary features for the ENERGATE marketplace. Participants of the financial sector also showed great interest in a possible ranking of energy efficiency projects to support investment decisions.

There may be details missing in projects’ issued offers

A comprehensive and detailed approach to project proposals and implementations was mentioned by survey respondents as missing in most issued offers. Information on how the involved parties will be repaid and pay the interests, the aim of the retrofit (in cases of EPC improvement), and the alignment with the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor were referred to as also important for decision-making.

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