“I believe that we will demonstrate that it is possible to achieve energy efficiency goals in supermarkets by involving their customer base in the overall business model.” – Interview with Creara
Paolo Michele Sonvilla, Senior Manager of Consulting Department at Creara, is in charge of overseeing the Creara’s team work in SUPER-HEERO. He speaks on this interview about their main role in the project, their expectations and the work they will carry out on the implementation of Energy Performance Contract schemes at pilot sites.
Q. What are your expectations from the SUPER-HEERO project?
A. Our expectation is to learn from our consortium partners and together with them develop more sustainable services for supermarkets, which represent an important share of Creara’s customers.
Q. What is the main role of CREARA in SUPER-HEERO?
A. Our role is to undertake the legal and financial assessment of the energy performance business models developed by the consortium, and to eventually coordinate the implementation of the demonstration pilots across all the partner countries.
Q. Can you talk a bit about the work you are planning to do on the implementation of Energy Performance Contract schemes at pilot sites?
A. Energy Performance Contracts are contractual arrangements between the beneficiary and the provider of an energy efficiency improvement measure, verified and monitored during the whole term of the contract, where investments are paid for in relation to contractually agreed level of energy efficiency improvement or other agreed energy efficiency criterion, such as financial savings. There are two major performance contracting models: shared savings and guaranteed savings, although these two models can be adapted to practically each situation. To decide what model fits better in each pilot site, we will perform an energy assessment and analyse their energy bills to identify the most remunerative and techno-economically viable interventions. Once we have this information, it will be possible to apply the most suitable EPC contract.
Q. What do you think will be the main outcomes of the SUPER-HEERO project?
A. I believe that we will demonstrate that it is possible to achieve energy efficiency goals in supermarkets by involving their customer base in the overall business model.