Conducted and hosted by the University of Business and Economics Vienna and with valuable input from ConPlusUltra as project coordinator as well as from the project partners CONDA (AT) and IPOPEMA (PL), the seminar addressed both financing as well as non-financing experts that will subsequently act as trainers in their countries. The Train-the-Trainer session covered basic technical content with regard to the evaluation of energy projects as well as the application of innovative financing mechanisms such as crowdfunding, leasing and energy performance contracting for projects focusing on energy efficiency. Furthermore, aspects addressing didactics and methods for stakeholder inclusion, communication and activation were incorporated in this trainers’ training. The session was rounded up by a hands-on example of how to apply plausible cases for teaching purposes. Using the learnings from this Train-the-Trainer Seminar, an E-FIX training curriculum as well an E-FIX toolbox will be developed, aiming to support the preparation of energy project ideas and matching of adequate financing methods. The objective of the training sessions which will be organised in every project country is to build the capacities and establish the so-called E-FIX Ambassadors for innovative financing of energy projects.
On the day before the Train-the-Trainer seminar, the E-FIX partners met in order to further work on the implementation of the project, starting the process of defining common standards for financing of energy projects as well as setting up the pilot activities in each partner country for testing the applicability of E-FIX financing mechanisms in real life environments and preparing the way for a roll-out on a larger scale.
Information regarding trainings organised in Austria will be available starting from the second half of 2019. More details can be found on the E-FIX website: http://energyfinancing.eu/en/
The project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 785081.