The Final Dissemination Event of STEP-2-SPORT project took place on 21st February 2017 in Brussels at the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union. It was an open public event with the objective to disseminate the STEP-2-SPORT results to a wide variety of stakeholders: sport associations, EU associations, construction sector and experts in the sustainability field.

The welcome speech was delivered by Mr. Amadeu Altafaj i Tardio, Representative of Government of Catalonia to the EU. It was followed by the presentation of Mr. Philippe Moseley, Project Advisor of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), who presented the Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” proposals as well as the Horizon 2020 Budget and topics for developing energy efficiency projects. In 2017 there are 700 million EUR for Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy, of which 104 million EUR for energy efficiency. Mr. Alex Rivera, the Manager of INDESCAT (Catalan Sports Clusters), talked about the role of the Cluster and the different initiatives conducted by the Cluster at a regional level to promote the energy reduction in sports facilities.

Afterwards, the main results achieved in STEP-2-SPORT project were presented by the partnership:

  • Ms. Neuza Rosa from JesusFerreira Consultores-energyconsulting presented the Roadmap elaborated in the framework of the project to support the energy renovation process for achieving Nearly Zero Energy Sport Buildings.
  • Mr. Josep Mª Granollers from ICAEN presented the benchmarking tool, an on-line platform that enables sport owners and sport facility managers to assess their current energy performance and determine their energy improvement potential.
  • Mr. Athanasios Petsopoulos from SPEED Development Consultant, SA informed about the lessons learnt and policy recommendations extracted from the project, highlighting that additional energy policies and appropriate financial mechanisms are needed to achieve the necessary depth of deep energy renovation in sport buildings.
  • Mr. Marcin Dluzewski from the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE) presented the deep energy renovation project that will be conducted in Stalowa Wola sport complex during 2017.
  • Mr. Marc Torrentellé from LEITAT Technological Center presented the package of energy improvement measures that were implemented in 4 Catalan sport buildings as well as the savings achieved.


Besides showcasing the main results achieved during the lifetime of the STEP-2-SPORT project, additional speakers were invited to enrich the discussion. The results achieved in a similar NZEB project, but this one focused on the field of hotels, was presented by Ms. Stavroula Tournaki (Technical University of Crete). Mr. Lieven Vanstraelen from Energinvest talked about the role of ESCOs and facilitators in Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) projects, and presented two successful EPC projects implemented in sport buildings: 1) CAR Sant Cugat (Spain) and ASVÖ Gymnasium Graz (Austria). The last presentation was made by Ms. Theodora Petroula from the Climate Action Network-Europe, who highlighted that there is a high potential to reduce CO2 emissions in the building sector.

The Final Dissemination Event of STEP-2-SPORT project allowed stakeholders to debate and share views on the perspectives of NZEB and energy efficiency in sport buildings.



Within STEP-2-SPORT project, a benchmarking tool and an advisory platform have been created with the aim to promote the energy renovation of sports facilities.

The Benchmarking tool enables sport owners and sport facility managers to assess their current energy performance and determine their energy improvement potential.



Top benefits of the Benchmarking tool:

  • Determine the energy improvement potential of your sport building
  • Compare the energy performance of your sport building with an energy-efficient building of the same typology
  • Provide recommendations of energy improvement measures that can be implemented to achieve a Nearly Zero Energy Sport Building, reducing your energy expenses up to 60%

A tutorial video is available to support users on how to use the benchmarking tool. Click “CC” to see the subtitles in your language.

An Advisory Platform is available on the project website to advice owners and sport facility managers that wish to implement a deep energy renovation. Through the advisory platform, the sport sector has the possibility to contact the technical experts of STEP-2-SPORT project to ask their questions concerning the implementation of energy efficiency measures and renewable energies, Measurement & Verification of energy savings, funding opportunities, energy performance certification and other aspects related to the energy renovation of sport buildings. The sport sector has the possibility too to consult the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about energy renovation in sport buildings.


Step-2-Sport Achievements

The Actions Plans defined during STEP-2-SPORT project have revealed that with a total investment of €9.3 million in the 27 pilot sport buildings, more than 12000 MWh/year can be saved through the implementation of energy efficiency measures and more than 3000 MWh/year can be produced with renewable energies. The energy improvement measures proposed are being implemented through a step-by-step renovation approach, which is an effective strategy for achieving Nearly Zero Energy Sport Buildings (NZEB) in cases when there is a shortage of financial resources.

Until February 2017, the investment made in the 27 EU pilot sport buildings has been around €1.1 million, achieving energy savings around 2000 MWh/year. A wide variety of energy improvement opportunities have been implemented so far, such as building envelope solutions (e.g. wall and roofs insulation, more energy-efficient windows), stratified storage tank system for hot water, energy-efficient pumps, LED lighting systems and occupancy sensors, efficient HVAC solutions and heat recovery systems for indoor swimming pools, and condensing and biomass boilers. By the end of 2017, almost €4 million will have been invested to improve the energy performance of pilot sport buildings, delivering energy savings higher than 6000 MWh/year, avoiding more than 1800 tonnes of CO2/year and saving more than €506000 per year.

This figure below shows the potential of energy savings detected in each one of the pilots. The bar in blue colour represents the final energy consumption before the renovation and the bar in green colour is the expected final energy consumption of the building after implementing all the measures proposed.

To support the energy renovation of sport buildings, STEP-2-SPORT consortium has elaborated useful resources and tools which can be used and consulted through the project website.