STEP-2-SPORT Final publishable report

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This is the final report of STEP-2-SPORT, an EU project co-funded by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. The project aimed to support the refurbishment of existing sport buildings through step by step renovation towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). 27 pilot sports facilities from 7 EU countries (Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria) have participated in the project. The report contains the project's methodology and results, as well as useful conclusions and policy recommendations.


During the project duration (March 2014-February 2017), pilot sport buildings have initiated the step-by-step energy renovation process by implementing a wide variety of energy efficiency measures and renewable energies. The energy improvement measures proposed were implemented through a step-by-step renovation approach, which is an effective strategy for achieving Nearly Zero Energy Sport Buildings in cases when there is a shortage of financial resources. Action Plans for the energy renovation of the pilots have been defined, indicating the energy improvement opportunities to be implemented within the next 10 years for achieving NZEBs, as well as the expected savings year by year. Some successful energy renovation experiences in the pilot sport buildings are presented in chapter 4 of this report.


The report concludes that there are huge opportunities to reduce energy consumption in sport buildings. However, the implementation and financing of energy renovation works in sport buildings is complex and slow, even after clear renovation plans were produced and the technical assistance provided to get funding. Current policies are insufficient to achieve the necessary depth of deep energy renovation in sport buildings, and a breakthrough is needed that can stimulate and foster this market.


The key policy recommendations proposed and analysed in the report include the following:


  • Governments need to create a framework to foster appropriate financial mechanisms for stimulating the energy renovation of sport buildings.
  • Address the EU and national accounting rules to allocate the capital expenditure in Energy Performance Contracts.
  • Awareness raising activities of sport owners/sport facility managers on energy efficiency.
  • Use public funding to create a facilitator role for guiding owners through the renovation process.
  • Member States should define specific NZEB definitions for sports facilities


You can download the report at the relevant STEP-2-SPORT webpage at the link below.