Financial Sector

Foster investment into sustainable energy and increase investor’s confidence

The lack of proper certification, validation and assessment tools are key factors that hamper energy efficiency financing. In order to technically appraise the existing tertiary sector buildings and evaluate the environmental impact and energy efficiency actions that can be undertaken, Trust EPC South shall build upon the Green Rating™ methodology.

This framework offers a pragmatic and cost-effective approach: an assessment, benchmarking and decision-making tool based on six environmental criteria and four levels of performance that provides tangible results in monitoring and improving sustainability performance of existing buildings. Weighting the 3 quantitative indicators (energy, carbon, water) and the 3 qualitative ones (transport, wellbeing, waste) the Green Rating™ delivers a benchmarkable rating used internationally by its clients to compare the sustainability performance of buildings and decide the most cost-effective measures to undertake.

During the project`s lifespan, the existing Green Rating™ methodology will be adapted and upgraded. Firstly it will be expanded to cover tertiary sector buildings and energy efficiency solutions that can be applied to them. Successively, the inclusion of a financial assessment model will complement the technical Green Rating™ building assessment tool and thus create a holistic framework for EPC project benchmarking.

Thanks to several capacity building and matchmaking activities involving the energy efficiency, tertiary and financial sectors, the resulting framework will be tested on at least 40 pilot projects identified in the 6 participating countries. Once finalized, it will become a reference tool facilitating investment assessment and decision-making processes.