QualiCert

Bioenergy Europe’s role: Project Partner

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Description:

The QualiCert project helped the implementation of the RES Directive’s requirement according to which Member States should ensure that certification schemes are available by 31.12.2012 for installers of small-scale biomass boilers & stoves, solar PV, solar thermal systems, shallow geothermal systems and heat pumps.

Objectives:

QualiCert stands for “Common quality certification and accreditation for installers of small-scale renewable energy (RE) systems”. In line with Member States (MS) obligations arising from the Directive on RE sources, QualiCert proposes a concerted action on certification and accreditation of installers of small-scale building-integrated RE systems. The action addresses the Directive’s requirement of certification schemes in each MS that obey to a set of similar criteria and recognise each other’s certification. To guarantee broadest possible support to the future accreditation and certification scheme, QualiCert relies on an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder approach involving builders, installers, training providers, accrediting bodies, the European RE industry, and a number of national energy agencies. This EU-wide concerted approach will allow going beyond national discussion to have a result-oriented outcome based on the best identified methodology valid for EU-27. QualiCert addresses also the market need for a comprehensive system to certify installers to guarantee quality installations and satisfied customers, which in turn will spur further market deployment.

Results:

  • Assessment of the performance of existing schemes for accreditation of training and certification of installers of small scale RES systems in building EU-wide;
  • Validation of success criteria with stakeholders groups and development of a manual of success criteria addressing technical, legal, institutional, financial and communication aspects;
  • Adoption of a common approach to accreditation and certification schemes for installers of small-scale RE systems in 5 EU Member States (FR, AT, IT, PL, GR) with mutual recognition of the schemes;
  • Facilitation of implementation of accreditation and certification schemes based on the join approach in the 5 MS;
  • Transfer of results to promote replication of the approach in other EU Member States.

Target Groups: Installers

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Project Duration: 2009 – 2011