The European Solar-Shading Organization (ES-SO) is an umbrella body representing the European solar shading and roller shutter industry.
Its objectives are to provide a permanent point of contact between its members and the European authorities, and to demonstrate that solar shading can make a substantial contribution to energy savings.
Under the terms of the Kyoto treaty, the European Union has committed its members to reduce total energy consumption by 8% -compared to 1990 levels- by 2012. The European Union has issued Directives to the Building industry to help meet these targets by reducing energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions.
Buildings are the EU's largest energy users, consuming over 40% of Europe's total primary energy. One way of cutting this consumption is through proper solar shading. ES-SO aims to ensure that this objective can be achieved by making the industry's potential contribution towards energy savings more widely known to the major players in this area.