In a nutshell

Who we are?

eu.bac is the European Building Automation and Controls Association. It represents the major European manufacturers of products and systems for home and building automation. eu.bac has founded the European Association of Energy Services Companies (eu.esco) for promoting Energy Performance Contracting as the economically sustainable solution for improving the energy performance in existing buildings.

What we do?

We encourage an energy efficiency first mindset for the management team of public and private organisations in their energy related procurements and for policy makers in their decision-making process.

How we do it?

Our members accomplish this goal by providing Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), which is a long term partnership between the client and the supplier that facilitates staged deep energy retrofits with initial funding from a third party, the ESCO or the client. Our activities act as a catalyst for the industry`s best business practices and maintain regular interaction between the relevant stakeholders for increasing the transparency, trustworthiness and business impact of EPC.

Why we do it?

EPC clients get immediate and guaranteed energy savings, higher indoor environment quality and a reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions thus increased competitiveness through reduced costs, high occupants` productivity and wellbeing, and improved environmental responsibility.

At the bigger scale, Energy Performance Contracting as a business model is an important facilitator, supporting the European Union in achieving its climate and energy objectives, ensuring competitiveness and improving the employment rate across the European Community.


Buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of the European Union’s (EU) CO2 emissions. Therefore, energy efficiency of buildings is crucial to achieving the EU objectives, namely the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) by 80?95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

For this to happen, the European energy services market needs to be strengthened. In this context, the European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.ESCO) was founded in 2009 by the European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac) and aims at boosting the energy services market by increasing its transparency and its trustworthiness.

Uncertainty, lack of knowledge, lack of awareness, and confusion concerning definitions, processes and contract provisions related to Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) are widely recognised as key barriers to further market development, according to research made by the Institute for Building Efficiency (IBE).

In this sense, eu.ESCO provides best practices and knowledge sharing to drive standardisation and to accelerate EPC use.

eu.ESCO’s Vision is: "A world where Energy Performance Contracting is recognised by public authorities as one of the key tools for energy efficiency in buildings"

eu.ESCO’s Mission is: "To represent Energy Service Companies offering Energy Performance Contracting vis-à-vis European Institutions, other relevant European Stakeholders, Member States and public authorities"

Major activities

  • Providing education, best practices sharing and knowledge transfer on ESCOs and EPC
  • Boosting the energy services market by increasing its transparency: information updates on ESCOs and their offerings, guarantee the quality of their services, etc.
  • Making energy services accessible and understandable by disseminating examples and case studies
  • Increasing customers’ confidence in ESCOs
  • Raising awareness on EPC potential, knowledge and usage
  • Facilitating interaction between ESCOs, policy?makers and key stakeholders


  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, EPBD (Directive 2010/31/EU)
  • Public Procurement Directive, PPD (Directive 2014/24/EU)
  • Ecodesign, ErP (Directive 2009/125/EC)
  • Energy Efficiency Directive, EED (Directive 2012/27/EU)

While using the building standard procedures to determine the EPC potential – developed by the European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) – EPC allows to fulfill both national legislations as well as European legislations (Directives and Regulations) on energy savings and enables public authorities to achieve a sustainable development and their environment goals.

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