A competition for energy savings in office buildings.
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Summary of the case
Energy Trophy (ET) is an EU-wide programme sponsored by the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Progamme, the German Federal Environmental Agency and Ecoperl. The programme takes the form of a competition for energy savings, specifically in office buildings, by the change of employee behaviour. The goal of the programme is to re-duce energy consumption specifically through behavioural change within organisations which does not require investments into energy saving devices; however, low cost investments such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and timers are permitted. ET also has a focus on cost sav-ings to increase participation and CO2 reduction.
Participants can include any organisation, public, private or NGO so long as they have prem-ises for the use of office purposes in one of the following countries: Austria, Beligium, Bul-garia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Nether-lands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom. Further require-ments limit participants to organisations who currently meter energy consumption and have three years of historical data regarding energy consumption available. Participants will submit energy data every month for 12 months during the programmes active period; after which prizes will be awarded for best EU-wide, national and in-house employee motivation cam-paign.
The first round of ET was launched in 2004/2005 with 38 participating companies and institutions from six countries. The results from the first round were promising with an average energy savings of 7% and the winning company recording a 30% savings. Overall, the programme achieved a total reduction of 3700 MWh or 1885 tonnes of CO2 corresponding to a cost savings of €205,000.
Due to the success of the first round of the ET a second round was launched in July of 2007 and will concluded in June of 2008. As such results are currently pending; however, with more than 150 participants the results are expected to be significant.
Overall the ET programme is considered to be a success as planning for future rounds of the competition are already in the works, in fact an established framework is being developed to formalise the competition in future rounds to ensure it runs smoothly. Furthermore, the programme offers significant benefits such as public recognition through the award of prizes and publicity, corporate identification and motivation for the staff of participating organisations and reduced operating costs as energy consumption is reduced though minimal investments.
If there are any shortcoming to the competition the success and realised emission reductions are only as dramatic as the commitment of the participant. There are no mandatory targets which must be reached by the participating parties and there is therefore a wide ranging of results between partners.