Long Term Agreements
Topic of the practice
support to Medium sized companies & industry; measures to stimulate energy efficiency measures in companies.
Good Practice Information
LTAs) have been implemented in the Netherlands since 1990. They are voluntary agreements, negotiated between industry and public authorities, and are designed to stimulate energy efficiency measures in companies.
Although voluntary, they are formed as contracts and can contain sanctions for non-compliance. It is an obligation for the company to produce an energy efficiency plan every four years, monitor their progress and implement a management system and standard (based on ISO 14001).
Evidence of success
The rationale behind LTAs is that by setting targets, rather than being overly prescriptive, industry can find innovative ways of implementing energy efficiency measures. By taking part in the programme, companies can avoid being regulated.
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Annex completed on: 09-24-2012