PE2’s Ablaza opens 1st biennial gab of the Global ESCO Network in Denmark
SØNDERBORG, DENMARK, 7 June 2022 – Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) president and founding convenor of the Asia-Pacific ESCO Industry Alliance (APEIA) Alexander Ablaza joined Søren Lütken in opening earlier today the First Biennial Gathering of the Global ESCO Network with a message of its Advisory Board.
Lütken is the founding chair of the Global ESCO Network, while Ablaza is a co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of the Global ESCO Network. PE2 is one of the 32 ESCO associations listed in the Global ESCO Network, 10 of which are members of APEIA.
On behalf of the Advisory Board, Ablaza said: “We are encouraged by the strong support from ESCO associations throughout the world – many have expressed that we are filling a gap. We have managed to place the Global ESCO Network on the map as a representative of the ESCO sector – although there is a lot of work to be done. We are aware that most ESCO associations are resource-constrained, but we believe that there is strength in numbers. We hope to engage you further in our work and invite you to come forward. We equally want to provide concrete support and invite you to reach out - our aim is to provide policy advocacy and we welcome opportunities to underpin your work. We aim to expand our community and welcome opportunities to support the ESCO industry also where there are no ESCO associations. There has in fact been recent outreach from Uganda and Bosnia & Hercegovina. While keeping our focus on ESCOs and EPC, we aim to expand our community beyond ESCO associations and involve financiers, donors, think tanks and policy makers. We aim to make this an annual event – and a stand-alone event expanded to include the broader group of ESCO industry stakeholders. We are happy to welcome Carlos Ballesteros from ANESE onto the Advisory Board of the Global ESCO Network. Our vision for the Network is to become the go-to source of policy advice for policy makers when they feel compelled, through our advocacy, to engage the ESCO industry in a reinforcement of the global energy efficiency agenda.”
Now housed under the UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre, the Global ESCO Network held its First Biennial Gathering of the Global ESCO Network in the margins of the International Energy Agency’s 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency, which this year is held in Denmark from 7-9 June 2022.
The First Biennial Gathering was held to gather inputs from member ESCO associations on: (a) the Network’s preliminary planned activities; and, (b) their respective visions for using the Global ESCO Network in local contexts. The Network secretariat proposed the following activities: (a) Library of model contracts – and documents; (b) Exchange of best practice to overcome identified barriers; (c) Expanding the regulatory barrier analysis; (d) Policy advice; (e) Platform for collecting information; and, (f) Concept note for financing.
The Global ESCO Network was established with the vision to be the global driver and inspire government actions for scaling up the contribution of ESCOs to the global response for mitigating the threat of climate change and the goals set out by the Paris Agreement.
To realize this, it is the critical mission of the Global ESCO Network to add to and reinforce existing efforts of National and Regional ESCO Associations to promote increased activities by the ESCO Sector at a global scale.
In the Message of the Advisory Board, Ablaza said, “Everyone in this meeting will agree that ESCOs deliver some of the best returns on investment, reducing energy consumption while combating excess GHG emissions as a significant co-benefit. Yet, ESCOs are not always well recognized as an industry, nor entrenched in national policies. Nowhere has their full potential been unleashed and, in many places, they still struggle to find sufficient foothold. Several of the ESCO Associations represented today work to promote the interests of their members for the establishment of business conditions commensurate with the immense economic and GHG mitigation potentials of energy efficiency, for countries and industries alike. While the associations do cover the most energy-intensive economies, they remain a minority that may benefit from expanding the group of ESCO Associations in order to raise a global voice in global forums in support of Energy Performance Contracting. Therefore, the Global ESCO Network works to elevate issues and concepts related to ESCOs to the highest possible level on the international climate policy agenda.”