GoSafe with ESI Project - The Energy Savings Insurance Model is available in Italy, Portugal and Spain


Spring 2020

GoSafe with ESI builds trust and credibility in energy efficiency investments. It suits technology providers interested in offering an integrated solution for energy efficiency projects, and customers looking to upgrading energy use with guaranteed savings. It is based on the ESI model and includes a standardised contract with energy savings guarantee, an independent technical validation process, and an insurance covering the guaranteed energy savings. Access to competitive green credit lines is also supported by the model. GoSafe with ESI is now available in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The EU 2030 and 2050 targets require enhanced private investment in energy efficiency across all sectors. Innovative financing schemes can help to create the conditions needed to ensure an adequate level of private finance for EE investments. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 99 per cent of all enterprises in the EU and are a substantial market opportunity for EE improvements. However, this opportunity remains largely untapped.

The barriers inhibiting SME investments in EE include lack of trust between the different actors and perceived high risks on energy savings. Decision-makers are price sensitive, especially in SMEs, which are faced with competing investment needs and opportunities, combined with limited financial resources or limited access to credit. These barriers exist despite the benefits of EE investments, such as the recovery of their - usually higher - upfront costs in a short period of time from energy savings, while also improving productivity, efficiency and reducing emissions.

The energy savings insurance (ESI) model consists of different mechanisms that aim to drive demand and motivate SMEs to invest in EE by reducing the perceived technical and financial risks and creating trust between key actors, including technology providers, enterprises, and financial institutions. The insurance and validation process of the ESI model are designed to be standardised allowing it to be affordable to SMEs.

The ESI model concept was developed and led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE), with on-going projects in seven countries. ESI was recognised by the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance as one of the most promising instruments to mobilise private sector investments in EE and also features in the G20 EE Investment Toolkit.

The ESI Europe project
The ESI model is being implemented in Italy, Portugal and Spain, by BASE in Switzerland, the Italian Federation for Energy Efficiency (FIRE), the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Portugal, and Centro Tecnológico EnergyLab in Spain with funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The ESI model elements have been developed and are available in the three countries.

In 2020, the project team will be supporting local technology providers and SMEs to build a pipeline of EE projects. An ESI Europe Toolkit and ESI webinars are being prepared for the second semester of 2020 to support broader uptake of the model across Europe. GoSafe with ESI is the commercial brand of the ESI Europe project.

Find out more:
www.esi-europe.org and www.gosafe-esi.com

Contact Information:
Livia Miethke Morais
Email: info@esi-europe.org
BASE Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy
Elisabethenstrasse 22, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Inter-American Development Bank. Latin American and Caribbean Green Financing (LGF) – Energy Savings Insurance Program. Available at: https://www.greenfinancelac.org/our-initiatives/esi/
2. Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. Energy Savings Insurance – The Lab: Driving Sustainable Investment. Available at: https://www.climatefinancelab.org/project/insurance-for-energy-savings/
3. G20 Energy Effi ciency Finance Task Group. G20 Energy Effi ciency Investment Toolkit. (2017). Available at: https://www.unepfi.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/G20-EE-Toolkit.pdf