ESI Europe 2.0 – Driving Investment in Energy Efficiency through Energy Savings Insurance in Europe 2.0

The overall objective of the project is to mobilise private sector investments and financing for energy efficiency (EE) projects in Croatia, Greece, and Slovakia, with a special focus on SMEs. The project will do this by replicating the successful Energy Savings Insurance (ESI) financing model which comprises financial and nonfinancial mechanisms designed to de-risk investments in EE and overcome barriers faced by SMEs and these types of projects. Innovative financial strategies and business models that are capable of de-risking investments in energy efficiency are crucial to change the behaviour of customers towards prioritising investments in energy efficiency solutions. The aim of this project is to mainstream the ESI mechanisms, which should be able to put in place mechanisms (ESI model) that can be used by SMEs (customers) and providers to reduce significantly their investment risks associated with energy efficiency, stimulate the demand for EE projects, and leverage enough interest and market motivation to mobilize stakeholders in the target countries and other EU countries.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Implement and mainstream the innovative ESI financing model in Croatia, Greece and Slovakia. This involves setting up the mechanisms that compose the model including: (i) a standardised contract that facilitates SMEs and technology providers (TP) the negotiations of this type of projects; (ii) an energy savings insurance that is used to compensate the SME in case the EE project does not reach the expected energy savings; and (iii) validation mechanisms that provides an independent assessment and verification of the project, in each country. Key stakeholders will be convened and consulted on the products to ensure buy-in.
  • Engage first movers and champion TPs, SMEs and banks that will use the model to sell their EE technologies.
  • Build the capacity of key market players including TPs, SMEs (who will invest in projects), and banks (who will finance these projects) to build a pipeline of EE projects in Croatia, Greece and Slovakia. The project includes sourcing the EE projects, guiding the validation and financing process, and guiding TPs and SME during implementation.
  • Develop communications and marketing material to promote the ESI Europe 2.0 model, building on the results from ESI Europe 1.0, where the project developed a successful commercial brand “GoSafe with ESI”.
  • Adapt the existing ESI Europe management information system (MIS) (already developed through the ESI Europe 1.0) to the new countries and new technologies. MIS is used by SMEs, TPs, insurance companies and banks to track the performance of the projects.
  • Create and institutionalize long-lasting tools including the improved ESI Europe Toolkit (already developed through the ESI Europe 1.0), explanatory ESI Europe Video series, recorded webinars to enable streamlined replication of the ESI model across Europe.
  • Promote and disseminate the ESI model across Europe via social media, best practice case studies, press material and EU newsletter articles.
  • Position EE and ESI as a way to address the current economic crisis and recovery of SMEs given the COVID-19 situation.


Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) (coordinator) – Švicarska

Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR) – Croatia

Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) – Greece

Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) – Slovakia



Project duration:
36 months (September 2021 – August 2024)

DOOR role in the project:

1,485,893.75 EUR

Horizon 2020

Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH)


The leading EU initiative on energy poverty launches its new website

The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) – an initiative of the European Commission – has launched its new website with the aim of becoming the centre of energy poverty expertise in EU for local authorities and all stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty.

In the newly launched platform, visitors and beneficiaries can find out what the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub is and what it is set to achieve in the upcoming years. More importantly, though, local governments and their supporting organisations are able to:

  • discover local actions

European local governments have begun to address energy poverty with inspirational projects tailored to their specific local needs. A new publication and online ATLAS will highlight such inspiring practices and local measures.

  • learn more about energy poverty and mitigating action

Understanding, measuring, and monitoring energy poverty is an important step to alleviate it. Free access to tools can guide local governments and organisations in the process. The website will offer 3 open online training courses, with different levels and approaches to energy poverty. The courses aim to enable participants to enhance skills and competences in order to develop their own diagnosis, plans and projects to combat energy poverty. Additionally, a set of indicators will provide a snapshot of energy poverty issues in Europe.

  • explore the EPAH support system

Addressing energy poverty is a priority, but may often face complex challenges. The EPAH helpdesk will assist and guide municipalities that want to launch a local action on energy poverty. Moreover, local governments will have the chance to apply to open calls for dedicated support for their municipality in order to take the next step in the battle against energy poverty, with dedicated expertise and bilateral guidance by EPAH’s local and international experts.


Role of DOOR:
Antenna Organisation