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Levent Gürdenli, Senior Associate at Bird and Bird will join our panel of experts at the upcoming “Energy Performance Contracting” evening event on 16th July. Energy performance contracting is becoming an increasingly recognised solution to the challenges faced by public and private sector organisations in reducing their energy costs and achieving carbon targets. Moreover, these mechanisms introduce the necessary expertise, resource and capital funding by external means, while guaranteeing energy savings across a given period of time.

With the establishment of the RE:FIT framework in 2010, over 440 public sector buildings across 31 of the 33 London Boroughs, 25 NHS Organisations and 141 other organisations have been retrofitted under numerous Energy Performance Contracts.

However, these tools involve inherent mismatched incentives from the clients, to the contractors as well as incumbent facilities managers. The contracts are extremely complex for relatively low capital values and carry high risk for the contract providers.

Our panel will discuss the merits and opportunities of Energy Performance Contracts against the challenges they pose and their potential use as mechanisms for organisations to mitigate their own risk.

Levent is a senior associate in Bird & Bird's International Energy & Utilities Sector Group and regularly advises clients on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Levent has advised funders on 10 UK based private sector financed energy performance contracting (EnPC) projects (including through the use of the UK Green Investment Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Fund) including projects involving 100-200+ sites.  Levent is also currently working in a team advising the EBRD on the creation of an enabling legal framework for energy performance contracting projects in Ukraine.  This includes amending existing laws, preparing template documents (including an EnPC) and capacity building. He also advises property developers and large energy consumers on projects involving the procurement of on-site distributed generation solutions and multi-utility services (often using ESCO solutions) in both urban and industrial sites.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Levent, along with our other speakers:

  • Pamela Fennell, MPhil/PhD Candidate at UCL Energy Institute
  • Robert Spender, Greater London Authority RE:FIT
  • Richard Byers, Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil
  • Christine Cambrook, BuroHappold Ltd