The end of the year normally makes us
reflect on where we are and how we got there. In the past couple of months, we
have been shocked by a special report from the Intergovernmental Panel for
Climate Change. If we go beyond a 1.5°C increase in global temperature, the
impact will be dire. Since then more and more evidence has come forward, most
recently at the latest global climate conference in Katowice, Poland.
Commentators are saying that the next two
years are crucial to really get everything in motion to effectively lower
emissions to achieve the necessary impact.
So, what are we to do?
Sometimes we feel we are in a movie about
the apocalypse with all the news about climate change and the environment. But we cannot afford to be negative when
there are positive ways forward and there is so much to do. A year ago,
Professor Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Anders Wijkman published their report
for the Club of Rome entitled “Come On!” The title gives an indication of the
direction they are moving – fast forward. They argue that the human footprint
is increasing fast and, if not reversed, will eventually lead to a collapse of
the global economy. This book is
far from doom and gloom. It is full of optimistic case studies and policy
proposals that will lead us back to a trajectory of sustainability. The book offers many positive, practical examples, success stories
Yes, there is a way forward.
a year ago . . .
The concept of ICP is relatively simple to
understand. A potential project in a factory or a district heating system, for
example, is identified. Someone has to do the necessary calculations to
determine the viability. Someone has to be identified to install it (often the
same organisation). And some organisation needs to fund it. What this project
does is standardise the procedures so that all players gain confidence in the
system. The factory owner is happy. The developer/auditor/installer is happy.
The financial institution is happy. There are protocols in place and third-party
monitoring to ensure everything is done correctly. The protocols are developed
by interested experts and not by commercial interests.
Just over a year ago, I wrote (here) about the Technical Forum that helped the technical team from the Investor
Confidence Project Europe prepare a protocol for industry. The protocol would
be used in the eventual accreditation of a project.
Well, a lot has happened in the past
year. The protocols were developed for
industry and xxx as well as for streetlighting. There have been several
training sessions to get project developers up to speed on our approach and to
get them credentialed so that they can use our methodology.
the ICP approach
ICP's Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™
(IREE™) is an international certification that insures best practices, the
right professionals and third-party validation are used to deliver high-quality
projects that you can bank on.
The IREE™ certification is based on the ICP
framework, which assembles best practices and existing technical standards into
a set of Protocols that define a clear roadmap for developing projects, determining
savings estimates, and documenting and verifying results.
The ICP Protocols are now available on the
The process is described in the Protocols
and the Project Development Specification documents. The PDS provides a clear
roadmap for Project Developers to correctly implement each requirement
specified in the ICP protocols based on current best practices and available
resources. It represents the collective project development knowledge of a
large team of experts and has been designed to allow various stakeholders to
develop projects that meet a consistent level of quality and conform to the ICP
Protocols. As with all of ICP's
offerings the Project Development Specification is a living document and ICP
seeks the continuing input of all stakeholders.
It takes time to get a project like ICP up
and running but we have made great progress in the past year and a half of the
project, funded by the European Commission.
ICP is now finalising the first two
projects accredited under the project. This is a major step, given that there
are many financial institutions that are part of our investor
network, willing to provide financing for projected that gain our label. In
coming weeks, I will provide details on the projects that have made it through
The IPCC report and the recent global
climate conference in Poland, amongst others, have given us many reasons why we
need to take action. Asset owners need to look at what needs to be done to
improve energy performance and thus reduce emissions – and save money. Project developers need to better promote
what they can do to realise those projects.
ICP can help. ICP was brought to Europe to
develop a system to give confidence to all active stakeholders. There are still
concerns that investing in energy efficiency is risky. ICP is designed to
change that. ICP started with investments in buildings and has now broadened the
scope to include industry, district energy and street lighting through a
two-year project funded by the European Commission.
Yes, these are early stages but we need to
start somewhere and the ICP, in its relatively short history, has shown its
Yes, we are reading daily about the
critical period we are in concerning growing GHG emissions. We cannot simply
watch or read the news and leave it to others.
We all must do our part. If you
are a project developer, consider joining our network. If you are an asset owner, large or small,
consider having your planned energy efficiency measure implemented through our
approach. And if you are even at the
early stages of thinking about improving the energy performance of your
facility, give us a chance to explain how the ICP approach will be of great
advantage to you.
Much progress was made in 2018 but we need
even more in 2019 and beyond. There is a good foundation but the progress
depends on you now.
Yes, there are many good reasons to stay positive.
Now we need you to take the next step. The time is now. And we can help.
Do not forget...
If there is anything you need to know, look at the ICP website and definitely contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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