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5 innovative UK energy efficiency project developers and quality assurance providers

10 March 2019  by  Jürgen Ritzek

During last years, energy efficiency experts in Europe and US, backed by a 1,5 billion EUR investor network, have worked together to increase confidence into investing in energy efficiency - serving companies and investors alike.

The result is 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. ICP certified project developers can apply the ICP framework and receive an ICP's Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE™) international certification that insures best practices, the right professionals and third-party validation by certified quality assurance providers are used to deliver high-quality projects that clients and investors can bank on.

Many innovative and open minded ESCOs, engineering firms and assurance providers are already ICP certified - and we want to introduce them to you, starting with 5 innovative UK companies.

And we have asked them to tell us (and you) the reason why they have decided to become ICP certified!

  1. Egnida Consulting, contact Kate Ashworth
  2. IVEES, contact Rajvant Nijjhar
  3. Zebra Carbon, contact Keith Routledge
  4. Cynergin Consultants (Veolia), contact Rob Crowdy
  5. GEP Environmental, contact Glyn Mountford

And here is what they have told us...

GEP Environmental

"GEP Environmental are directly involved in supporting and setting up many Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) across a number of frameworks across the UK. As a result of this, we realised that IREE Certification will have increasing importance as different funding streams are used by different clients both in the public and private sector. So for us, it is the case of needing to be involved and qualified in the ICP PD and QA schemes so that we are ready and prepared. The ICP Protocols lay out a best practice approach for verifying EPC / Energy Efficiency projects and we are very happy to be part of the UK provider network and ready to work on any projects".

Cynergin Consultants (Veolia)

"Cynergin Consultants Ltd are a subsidiary company to Veolia ES.   
We have been an ICP certified project developer since 2017. We believe that this have helped us work with a number of organisations, ranging from small to large organisations.
Becoming an ICP Project Developer was to demonstrate the quality of our work, which helps our clients to achieve their targets and ambitions.  It also gives them the piece of mind that we have the correct expertise in the market.
Recently one of our large NHS clients stated that knowing that we are certified and hold the IPC Logo shows a warranty of technical knowledge and reliability within the Energy sector.
If you would like to work with us then please get in touch and we will arrange for a detailed discussion."

Zebra Carbon

"Having worked in the energy efficiency industry for most of my career to date, I decided to become an ICP certified project developer. Having worked with a public sector energy efficiency framework to deliver energy efficiency and with the private sector through the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), I concluded that a high-profile, standardised and rational approach such as ICP is an excellent way to encourage more investment in energy efficiency projects."


"Becoming an ICP certified project developer was a natural progression to services already offered in terms of one of the UK 's leading independent verifiers of energy savings. Demonstrating validity of energy savings is key to getting finance and continual investment in energy efficiency projects, which globally drive the climate change mitigation agenda. ICP looks at a more global picture in terms of providing that credibility and trust in the numbers, to get projects to be investor ready."

Egnida Consulting

Egnida Consulting (formally Encraft) chose to qualify as an ICP Project Developer and Quality Assurance Assessor to help clients find independent support in finding and developing technical energy and now mobility solutions. Being part of the accreditation scheme helps to get buy-in from all levels that the recommended project is a good investment.

They can deliver to clients and investors what this little video about ICP shows

  • standardised, transparent and structured development of projects
  • access to finance by making projects bankable
  • standard process methodology and documentation to reduce risks and transaction costs for Industry, Street Lighting, District Energy and Buildings.

Planned to be a blog series, we will introduce further companies across Europe in the coming weeks - stay tuned.

How to become a certified PD and/or QAA?

For more information on how to become a certified Porject Developer and/or Quality Assurance Provider, please check here.
You can also contact Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida, ICP Europe Director or Quitterie de Rivoyre, ICP Europe Project Manager for more information.
AND - training and certification is free as ICP Europe is co-funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme!

In the meantime, you can find here some further background information about the ICP framework, the ICP Europe and the team. EEIP is proud to be part of this team.

ICP was part of the recommendations of the "Energy Effciency Financial Insitutions Group" (EEFIG) in its landmark report "Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments". EEFIG itself was established 2013 by the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (DG Energy) and United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).


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About Jürgen Ritzek

Juergen Ritzek is co-founder and Business Director of EEIP. Juergen is responsible for strategy, marketing and business development of EEIP and drives the growth of EEIP towards an energy transition platform. Juergen leads EEIPs B2B communication and relations and ensures EEIP relevance for value chain challenges (inter-company) and internal decision-making processes (intra-company). Following an international career at Unilever he founded European network consultancy GBC (2009) and EEIP (2011).