CitizEE is a European funded project aimed at supporting European public authorities to scale up investments for energy efficiency in the building sector through attracting citizen private investments. CitizEE seeks to create national or regional Investment Platforms backed by European Fund for Strategic Investments that will support the integration of tailored and widely adopted citizen financing schemes, crowdfunding and cooperative models, with adequate available or to be developed Public Financing Instruments (PFIs). As a result, CitizEE will enable the set-up of large-scale community energy efficiency programs while strengthening know-how of regional/national key stakeholders.

FinEERGo-Dom is an ambitious 4-year project that refines and implements guaranteed financing schemes for energy efficiency and renewable energy in deep renovations of buildings in Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria. The project builds on the experience of the Latvian Building Energy Efficiency Facility (LABEEF), the original Building Energy Efficiency (BEEF) Facility deployed successfully in Latvia. LABEEF is based on an existing example providing 20 year Guaranteed Performance contracts to owners through an On-Bill payment scheme.

RenOnBill aims to scale up investments towards deep energy renovations of residential buildings by promoting the development and implementation of on-bill schemes, based on the cooperation between energy utilities and financial institutions. RenOnBill has chosen four focus countries - Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain – in order to capture to an extent the differences that can be encountered when replicating on-bill across wider Europe. The success of the project will allow to take a huge step forward in reaching the European Union energy and CO2 targets and will have an important impact on the economic system, offering a win-win perspective for different actors: companies from the construction sector, energy services, utilities, investors, and ultimately for the society as a whole.

EEnvest is a H2020 collaborative research project focused on mainstreaming energy efficiency financing in the building renovation sector. The aim of EEnvest is the creation of a tool (a web-based search and match platform) which investors can use to evaluate the risk of investment in energy efficiency for buildings. The web-based search platform will match the demand and offer of buildings to be retrofitted with funding available from external financiers. The EEnvest platform will provide reliable information on the risk associated with energy renovation measures, combining proprietary risk evaluation models with the specific features of the property evaluated. The platform will use a blockchain-based data exchange validation system in order to guarantee the security and quality of the information. In this way, EEnvest will connect technical and financial communities, such as building owners, designers and potential transaction financers, as well as private investors. To carry out the risk evaluation, the EEnvest platform will use a framework developed within the project that will combine technical-financial due-diligence mechanisms, resulting in a set of possible renovation actions presented in an organized and user-friendly way.

SPEEDIER is a highly innovative one-stop-shop solution that applies an integrated approach to energy management, providing information, advice, capacity building, energy auditing, financing, and implementation of energy efficiency solutions and monitoring of impacts. SPEEDIER is expected to contribute to energy saving with approximately 8 GWh/year and 1,280 tCO2/year. Within the lifetime of the project, SPEEDIER will train more than 650 staff in the best practices of energy saving. The project will build capacity as well among 50 SPEEDIER Experts.

CERtuS is a project involving Municipalities, energy service companies and financing entities from all economically stricken Southern European countries. It aims to facilitate EU Directives for increasing the number of nearly zero-energy buildings in the public sector. Many of the municipal buildings in Southern Europe require deep renovations to become nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) in the upcoming years. The objective of CERtuS is to stimulate the growth of this energy service sector and to help stakeholders gain confidence in such investments. CERtuS shall develop representative deep renovation projects and innovative financing schemes that will act as models for replication. Dissemination actions shall target municipalities, ESCOs and financing entities in all Southern European Member States.

SuperSmart is an EU project to speed up the uptake of more energy-efficient refrigeration, heating and cooling solutions for Europe’s food retail sector by reducing its energy use, lowering its environmental footprint, and increasing its economic benefits. The project reaches all those that make the decisions for new technology, those offering and optimising solutions, those setting the frameworks and those supporting the uptake of greener solutions in Europe’s food retail sector. SuperSmart has three main objectives: • Remove non-technological barriers to efficient heating & cooling in the European food retail sector. • Raise the expertise level for energy-friendly supermarkets among technical and non-technical staff members, through promotion and training. • Support the introduction of a new EU Ecolabel for food retail stores, by developing draft criteria for such a label.

The design, construction and operation of buildings are responsible for the depletion of many of the world’s natural resources. While switching to greener buildings is a key solution, many banks and owners are hesitant to invest in them. The EU-funded SMARTER project has set out to change mindsets. Its goal is to help families think about the financial benefits of energy-efficient measures when looking at the cost of buying a home; moreover, it will provide investors and developers with a better understanding of energy performance criteria. To achieve these goals, SMARTER has developed the Green Homes Investment Platform and the Green Homes Solution Providers ecosystem.

Barriers such as lack of liquidity, financial capacity or the capacity to find competitive financing prevent SMEs from investing in energy-efficient solutions. The EU-funded eEaaS project aims to overcome these barriers by developing new business models and a financial structure to help SMEs adopt energy-efficient equipment-as-a-service. The project will mainstream the energy-efficient servitisation financial model to make it easier for SMEs to access smart, high energy-efficient technologies and standardise a financing structure. The project will play a role in the promotion of SME competitiveness and the transition to a circular economy.

GREENFOOT stands for GReen power and Energy Efficiency iNvestments community-Financed for football buildings and the goal of this project would be to develop a financing scheme for building renovations and PV installations that would make fan-based building renovations and PV installations a reality. The project would then test and demonstrate the applicability of this scheme so that it could be applied to many of the buildings of organisations that are associated with UEFA, EFDN, football, and other sports.