The European Benchmarking Co-operation (EBC Foundation or shortly EBC) is an industry-based, not-for-profit benchmarking initiative for water services.
Mission of EBC is to assist drinking water- & wastewater utilities in the continuous process of improving & innovating their water services and raising transparency.
For this purpose, EBC offers a cross-border benchmarking programme and a platform to exchange leading/best practices in management and operations.
EBC was initiated in 2005 by the national water utility associations of The Netherlands and the Nordic countries (DANVA, FIWA, Norsk Vann, Svenskt Vatten, Vewin) and several utilities of the 6-Cities Group (Copenhagen Energi (HOFOR today), Helsinki Water, Oslo kommune VAV, Stockholm Vatten).
After two initial pilot exercises, EBC started organising annual benchmarking exercises and attracted participants from across Western Europe and even beyond. In 2014, the EBC programme consortium was converted into EBC Foundation, a legal entity according to Dutch law, to create a more independent organisation, with a clear European profile, and to strengthen the governance of the programme. Since then the programme has further developed, content wise and geographically. Today EBC not only offers benchmarking services in Western Europe, but also in Central- and Eastern Europe, in close collaboration with water utility associations.
EBC Foundation is governed by a Board, consisting of representatives from DANVA (Danish water utility association, Skanderborg), Danube Water Program (joint capacity building program of the World Bank and IAWD for the Danube region, Vienna), EurEau (European federation of national water utility associations, Brussels), Norsk Vann (Norwegian water utility association, Hamar) and Vewin (Dutch water utility association, The Hague).
Visiting- & mailing address:
Stichting EBC Foundation
2514AB The Hague
Chamber of Commerce no. 61145408
VAT no. NL854227891B01
Bank: Rabobank Regio Den Haag
2594 AB Den Haag
Bank code (BIC): RABONL2U
Account number (IBAN): NL13RABO0300469349