Poland's first webinar on energy performance contracting and ESCO market

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On 5 July 2013 in the framework of NET-COM project a webinar devoted to energy performance contracting was organized by the Office of the Covenant of Mayors in Brussels in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Citiés" (PNEC).

The main aim of the event was to present the capacity and potential of energy performance contracting to local governments in Poland.

The seminar program was prepared by the Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Citiés" (PNEC) in consultation with the Office of the Covenant of Mayors. The event was preceded by an information campaign conducted by both the office of the Association and CoMo. An invitation has been published on the PNEC website and sent via e-mail to Polish signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, members of the NET-COM Platform, and all PNEC.

The speakers were: Marek Zaborowski, Vice-President of the Institute of Environmental Economics, Małgorzata Skucha, President of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, Szymon Liszka, President of the Foundation for Energy Efficiency, Janusz Mazur, President of the Board of Energy Saving Company “ESCO” Ltd. and Bożena Herbuś, Head of the Municipal Office of Częstochowa City.

The seminar started at 11 in a "virtual seminar room", where Christine Dziewańska-Stringer from the Covenant of Mayors Office welcomed all the participants. The moderator of the session - Maria Stankiewicz, Director of PNEC office, presented a Covenant of Mayors initiative and pointed to the possible use of ESCO mechanism for the implementation of activities which result from from the signatories’ commitments.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the municipal offices from Dzierzoniow, Elk, Cracow, Bydgoszcz, Gorlice, Gdynia, a representative of the law firm in Whitestone and other interested parties.

The audience assessed the experience as very positive, and therefore it will be repeated in December. Information about this event will be published on the website of the Association of Municipalities, and will be preceded by an information campaign.



  1. Introduction, Maria STANKIEWICZ (moderator), Executive director of Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités”
  2. ESCO market in Poland - current state and prospects of development, Marek ZABOROWSKI, Vice-President, Institute of Environmental Economics
  3. The concept of financing projects in ESCO formula from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and the assumptions for the EPC contract, Małgorzata SKUCHA, President of the Board, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water
  4. Innovative financing models for energy-saving projects (project CombinES), Szymon LISZKA, President, the Foundation for Energy Efficiency
  5. Experience of POE ESCO and EPC market changes, Janusz MAZUR, President of the Board, Energy Saving Company “ESCO” Ltd.
  6. Program of modernization of municipal buildings, Bożena HERBUŚ, Head of the Municipal Office, City Engineer, Częstochowa City


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