D-Leap Energy Efficiency Program

Program description and main topics

High energy costs often contribute to unsustainable operating costs that directly affect the financial health of water supply and sanitation utilities and affordability of their services.
This Program will support participating utility companies in collecting, auditing and analyzing data related to their energy use and developing investment programs based on that data to support the reduction of energy costs and increase energy efficiency. The Program will also assist in securing the financial resources to match the investments needs for energy efficiency.
The Program has been developed in cooperation with the Technical Partner Econoler and will be delivered by national or regional Hubs in local language. The duration of the Program is one year and it consists of workshops as well as hands-on exercises at the utilities themselves with support of the Trainers. Participating utilities will pay a registration fee which will be communicated by the Hub.

Learning goals

How to carry out an energy audit?
How to develop an investment plan to address energy issues?
How to find resources needed to carry out energy efficiency investments?

The Hubs

Hubs are the visible face of the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) for active participants, as they have the primary capacity building delivery responsibility. Hubs are primarily established by national water utility associations and well-performing utility companies, but can also be professional associations or academic institutions. Each Hub offers one or several programs and serves a particular country or group of countries (with similar languages). Hubs are accredited by the D-LeaP Committee Council, before they can start delivering D-LeaP programs. Each Hub has (a) trainer(s) for a specific program, who was trained by a Technical Partner.


Danube Learning Partnership

The provision of water and wastewater services is essential for the people of the Danube region. Although the region has generally a high level of basic access to water and sanitation services, the effectiveness and efficiency of those services does not always meet international standards. A recent regional review (State of the Sector report, World Bank, 2015) identified the need to strengthen the capacity of professional staff working in the sector in a number of countries in the region. In part this is due to staff and management turnover following political changes, and in part due to limited professional development and training opportunities. The Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) is designed as a regional, integrated and sustainable capacity building initiative of national water utility associations and IAWD, the International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area, and provides a comprehensive curriculum to the staff of water and wastewater utilities located in the Danube region. D-LeaP has been established as a committee of IAWD, composed of representatives of national water utility associations in the region.
The primary target audience of D-LeaP programs consists of the water and wastewater utility companies of the countries in the Danube region and their management and technical staff. Out of the 17 countries that are covered by D-LeaP, utilities in 12 countries are expected to have a particular interest in D-LeaP programs based on the level of development of their utility sector: those are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine.


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