Western Europe Western Europe remains EBC's core market. Building on the experience for Western Europe EBC has become a renowed initiative in benchmarking and performance improvement. Danube Water Program Local associations, EBC Foundation and Danube Water Program have joined forces on several regional benchmarking programmes. Albania & Kosovo Bulgaria Ex-Yu reg. Ukraine EBC participants globally In 2014, 48 companies from 17 different countries joined EBC's annual benchmarking exercise in Western Europe. Seven of these utilities are from outside Europe (Japan, Kenya, Singapore, United States). EBC's benchmarking process EBC's benchmarking methodology is fully aligned with the IWA/AWWA-benchmarking framework, distinguishing between performance assessment and performance improvement. Participation EBC offers a learning-orientated benchmarking programme. Participants to the benchmarking exercise will be able to compare the performance of their own utility with that of peers and collect objective performance information for use in communication to stakeholders. IB2013 Public report The IB2012 Public Report highlights the results from the benchmarking exercise that ended in December 2013. The benchmarking exercise took the Climate Footprint analysis a step further and more detailed information on running cost was added.