Energy Efficiency: a business opportunity for SMEs
The objective of this event is to promote energy efficiency as an opportunity for SMEs to improve their competiveness by saving energy, as well as a new business model through the provision of energy services. This will be illustrated by projects supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe and H2020 programmes, paving the way for future initiatives to come forward.
The report published by the Energy Efficiency Financial Institution Group (EEFIG) offering recommendations to unlock long-term financing for energy efficiency in buildings, industry and SMEs will be presented, as well as measures to encourage SMEs to implement energy efficiency measures. The floor will then be given to businesses (SMEs, including energy service companies) and other value chain actors (Chambers of Commerce and Industry, networks) who will share their experiences and provide examples of energy efficiency actions in the field supported by the EU. Their targeted presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience.
Introduction - Vincent Berrutto, Head of Unit 'H2020 Energy', EASME
How to encourage SMEs to implement energy efficient measures – Paul Hodson, Head of Unit 'Energy Efficiency', DG ENERGY
Accelerating Energy Efficiency in European SMEs – Philippe Dutruc, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Deux-Sèvres, France (STEEEP project, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme)
Within the STEEEP project, European Chambers of Commerce and Industry provide SMEs from all sectors with tailored support, training and guidance on effective energy management tools and practices. Examples of activities implemented by CCI Deux-Sèvres (France) will be highlighted.
Energy Efficiency as an opportunity for SMEs to improve their competitiveness – Massimo Marchi, MARCHI & FILDI S.p.A., Italy (SET project, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme)
SET project aims to improve the energy efficiency of textile SMEs. One key component is the development of a specific tool, which is used to evaluate the share of energy consumption among different production processes used in a plant. Testimonial from the management of one Italian company which implemented it and actually invested in Energy Efficient measures will be shared.
Energy Efficiency as a new business model (I) – Sven Wuyts, Factor 4, Belgium (EPC+ project, supported by the Horizon2020 programme)
EPC+ project aims to develop and promote new business models for the implementation of energy efficiency services through networks gathering several Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. This aims to reduce transaction costs of energy service packages so that smaller investments and projects become possible for companies offering energy services. Example of such network (SPIN) in Belgium will be presented, as well as the set-up of a platform called EU Energy efficiency network.
Energy Efficiency as a new business model (II) – Maite Cobo Abeytua, Instituto Tecnológico de Castilla y León, Spain (EnergyWater project, supported by the Horizon2020 programme)
The project aims to optimize and reduce energy usage in industrial water processes in large industries and SMEs. One of the activities foreseen is the creation of "Energy Angels" networks, gathering technical and financial expertise, to bridge the gap and materialize energy savings potentials. Those will facilitate contacts between energy managers, ESCOs, technology providers and auditors, and provide access to support for the implementation and financing of water energy efficiency projects.