The City of Ljubljana, together with Slovenian energy service company (ESCO) Resalta and energy company Petrol, has won a European Energy Service Award (EESA) in the Best Energy Service Project category for the Ljubljana energy retrofit project, according to press releases from the two companies.
The energy retrofit project of the City of Ljubljana, which covered 48 buildings, is the most ambitious such project in South-East Europe (SEE), Resalta recalled. The project has successfully reduced energy consumption by 8,000 MWh annually and cut CO2 emissions by 3,000 tons, the equivalent of planting an additional 175,000 trees.
The European Energy Service Award (EESA) honors companies and projects for outstanding efforts and achievements in energy services. It is awarded by the European Commission and the Berliner Energieagentur (BEA).
The award ceremony was held on February 20 in Brussels, as part of the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum. The Forum, organized in partnership with the European Commission, is the world’s largest movement for local climate and energy actions, gathering 7,000+ local and regional authorities across 57 countries to work to stop climate change.
Ljubljana’s recognition first as European Green Capital and now for the success of the ambitious energy retrofit project, means that it will serve as an example and a leader in energy efficiency not only in SEE but further abroad, Resalta said.
Following the success of the first project, the City of Ljubljana has launched a second one for the retrofit of an additional 11 municipal buildings, once again with the consortium comprising Resalta and Petrol, joined this time by Javna Razsvetljava for lighting solutions.
NEWLIGHT gets recognition award
The EESA also featured two recognition awards, one of which went to the NEWLIGHT project, implemented by the Regional Energy Agency of the North-West Croatia (REGEA) and two Croatian counties.
The project has managed to secure HRK 162 million (EUR 22 million) in investment in public lighting in 32 municipalities in Croatia. In addition to HRK 16.5 million (EUR 2.2 million) worth of electricity savings, the project has also created tools that facilitate data collection, energy audits, and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).