About us

Building a business from their passion for energy markets. That’s what our founders did in 2005 and that’s still what they do today, supported by an international team of energy experts who help spread this passion all over the world. What does our team bring to the table? A set of highly specialized consultancy services: quality energy risk management, procurement, financial controlling, sustainability and data management solutions based on the most in-depth knowledge of energy procurement that you can find.
 
At E&C Consultants, energy buying isn’t just a branch of our business –  it’s in our DNA.
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E&C’s philosophy

From its first moments, E&C has been conscious of its role in society, which is clear from our mission statement:

To make every large energy user on the planet contribute to the energy transition by bringing them the best strategies, systems & data, shoulder to shoulder, with the help of the newest technologies.

This mission statement is summarized in our baseline:

E&C: smarter energy for a better world

Throughout our existence, we have consciously worked on bringing into practice a set of values. These values are shared among E&C team members, creating a strong bond among us and ensuring a high degree of employee involvement in realizing the company’s goals.

These values encompass how we do business and how we relate to our clients. Some are also internal and relate to how we see ourselves as individuals within E&C:
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E&C’s history

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The drive to start a new energy consultancy
A wave of energy market deregulation raged through Europe at the beginning of the century. This created new challenges when buying energy. The need for a new type of energy procurement consulting for meeting these challenges was at the basis of E&Cs foundation in 2005. More specifically, the need for higher quality advice to deal with the main factor impacting open market energy costs: the volatility of the underlying wholesale markets.

We offered our clients advice on implementing risk management tools to minimize the impact and helped them to negotiate the newly created contracts that offered flexibility for fixing wholesale prices in different moments. Our unparalleled capacity for neutralizing the impact of energy cost variations on a company’s P&L has been the basis for our high client retention rate of 98%. Over the course of the years, we have finetuned the tools we use for putting our risk management strategies in practice. However, we’ve always kept applying the basic simple business logic on which it is based and which makes it so successful.

Rapid internationalization
E&C was started in Belgium by Belgians. With Belgium being such a small country, we rapidly ran into borders. In 2006, a client that we still work with today said, “great job here in Belgium, but we also have factories in France, UK, Germany and the Netherlands, could you do the same thing there?”. So, we did. And it was the start of a remarkable story of internationalization. After moving our headquarters to Kortrijk, we opened offices in Heerlen (the Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Barcelona (Spain), London (UK) and Wroclaw (Poland). In 2014, international became transatlantic with the opening of our office in New York. This was highlighted in our successful TEC conferences where we informed clients on buying energy from and on both sides of the Atlantic. From 2016 onwards we also started to service more and more clients in Latin-America from our office in Madrid. And then in 2018, international became truly global with the opening of an office in Melbourne. In 2021, we could proudly announce that the number of countries where we delivered services to clients had grown to 100.

Placing ourselves where we can make the biggest difference
The idea behind this strategy of internationalization was that it would give us the possibility of working for large users of energy. From our early years, we have always consciously steered away from the brokering work delivered to smaller users. We want to bring high quality, independent consulting services and these are most valuable to companies with a large energy spend. As we expanded our capabilities for doing this in more and more countries, we started to attract clients among the largest companies on this planet.

To bring such consultancy, it is important that it’s based on solid data. In 2008, we came into the market with a first version of our data management platform ePoint. This has evolved into a one-stop shop for all your energy procurement information across the globe.

And now there is the energy transition. Probably the biggest transformational process that we’ll go through in our lifetimes. A process that creates new needs in terms of strategies, contract negotiations, risk management and data management. With its in-depth knowledge of energy markets and it’s unparalleled independence, E&C has an excellent position to help you realize even the most ambitious decarbonization goals without excessive risk taking. In an energy services sector where commissions on big PPA contracts are seriously blurring the advice clients can get, E&C has become a safe haven for high quality, objective advice on renewable energy options; leading every week to new realizations in terms of green energy with clients; helping us to deliver on our promise of “Smarter energy for a better world”.

Risk management, internationalization, working for the largest users and energy transition: the chapters in the book of E&C which we’ll keep writing together with our fantastic people and clients!

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What people are saying about E&C

“Together with E&C, we are gradually improving our maturity in Energy Procurement across Bombardier (Aerospace and Transportation). They support us in optimizing our energy procurement step by step. Having started with only one location, we are now collaborating in 8 countries in Europe and North America and there is more to look forward to.”

Özgür Oklap, Global Category Lead at Bombardier

“E&C succeeded in negotiating a contract without any volume requirements - an essential condition due to the volatile business we’re in. Their tendering, combined with their accurate follow-up of the energy markets, resulted in an average hedged electricity price that was 15% below that of last year.”

Ludo Heylen, Purchasing Manager at Lantmännen Unibake Benelux

“E&C realized that our passive approach to energy payments was costing us money. By analyzing our invoices and discussing with engineers, they found out that our capacitors were being set up on the wrong connection points. This realization saved us 60,000 euro per year.”

Client active in food manufacturing

“E&C created a tailor-made executive summary that combined all of our hedging and financial controlling activities. It gave us an overview of the portfolio situation for electricity, gas and injections, and provided a detailed breakdown of the cost per month for several of our sites. The file is updated each month to show the cost evolution and compare it with the previous year as well as with our internal targets. This makes following-up easy and and ensures effective decision-making.”

Joris Meerschaert, Purchase Manager at Unilin

“Pre-financial crisis, energy markets were soaring, increasing daily - and positions were purchased in panic at high prices. We recognized that no one can predict the behaviour of the markets - engaging E&C helped us develop a buying strategy and we gained control over our energy cost and risk exposure.”

Daniel Wade, Purchasing Manager at Federal Mogul

“Thanks to E&C, our P&L is no longer affected by unexpected energy budget increases like we saw in 2008”

Company active in tourism industry

“E&C has been a great partner in our effort to switch away from a decentralized, fragmented approach for Utilities to a Strategic Centralised approach for 10 mature markets. We now have full visibility in our consumption on the SharePoint and are able to make much more informative decisions for the purchases. Moreover we are able to efficiently plan ahead for years to come and achieve better budget stability.”

Marinela Paida, Group Strategic Procurement Manager at Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

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