CEN-CENELEC JTC 14 published new standard EN 17669:2022 ‘Energy Performance Contracts-Minimum requirements’

The CEN and CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 14 ‘Energy management and energy efficiency in the framework of energy transition’ announces the publication of the new standard EN 17669:2022 ‘Energy Performance Contracts-Minimum requirements’ developed by their Working Group 4 ‘Energy financial aspects’.


Energy efficiency and energy performance improvement are the pillars of the energy transition and are the two most cost-effective ways to address a growing demand for energy, climate change mitigation, energy security and increased competitiveness.

Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs), defined in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) 2012/27/EU, have been analyzed from many organizations (private and Public Administrations) to proper define the contractual arrangement between the beneficiary and the provider of energy performance improvement measures. The implementation of the new Energy Efficiency Directive (EU) 2018/2002 and the Fit for 55 Plan has the goal to reach an ambitious energy efficiency target. This requires barriers to be removed in order to facilitate investment in energy performance improvement actions. The new EED recast that will be approved in the coming months endorses the energy first principle and EPC relevance.


EN 17669:2022 has been developed to meet those needs. It is applicable to private and Public Administration organizations, regardless of their size and specifies the minimum requirements of the EPCs that matches the demand of:

  • policy makers to provide tools for quality, transparency and effectiveness of energy performance actions;
  • beneficiaries and ESCos (Energy Service Companies) to adopt a contractual framework for energy services that with guaranteed energy performance improvement;
  • financial institutions and banks to have a reference contractual framework between beneficiary and energy service provider) with transparent risk allocation.

EN 17669:2022 is a de-risking and value generating tool as it provides a general framework from energy audit to measurement and verification of the guaranteed energy performance improvement measures for the whole term of the contract.

The standard can play an important role enabling the scale up of the European energy service market to meet the “EU Fit for 55” commitments of 38% energy efficiency improvement for final consumption by 2030.


CEN-CENELEC JTC 14 wishes to thank all WG 4 participants to their contributions to the standard development.

Ettore Piantoni – CEN-CENELEC JTC 14 Chair

Antonio Panvini – CEN-CENELEC JTC Secretariat


For further information, please contact Carolina Müller, Project Manager – Energy & Living – Standardization and Digital Solutions at CEN and CENELEC.


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