Empowering SMEs in the Green Deal for clean energy

All over Europe SMEs have untapped potential for clean energy. Yet SMEs were often hard to engage and have limited resources and/or knowledge to contribute more actively to the energy transition. Today, one could expect it got worse due to the Covid-19 crisis and its future aftermath. We can counter this impasse with unburdening strategies to increase the uptake of sustainable energy solutions. This allows SMEs to fully focus on recovery of their core business, a green recovery.

Unburdening SMEs can increase companies’ capacity, trigger investments and facilitate the transition to clean energy. Local public authorities, regional development agencies and business park managers proved they can play a key role. Creating shared solutions or an energy community within a cluster of SMEs provides real potential for sustainable energy investments. By investing together, businesses can unlock underused potential, benefit from economies of scale and overcome the main obstacles preventing investment.

The Interreg 2 Seas BISEPS project dived into the challenges of enhancing market uptake of sustainable energy technologies and creating synergies. The project partners developed multiple tools and unburdening trajectories for shared energy solutions in Belgium, the Netherlands, France & the UK.

During this interactive online session, project partners will share their experiences and best practices, and give a sneak preview of the REACT tool. This newly developed open-source, user-friendly tool helps to find optimal sustainable energy options for a business cluster as a whole or for a cooperation between two or more businesses on a business park. Based on minimal data inputs about energy usage of the business or business park, the REACT tool generates a list of sustainable energy options/simulations at company or business cluster level, that can serve as a basis to further investigate on technical and financial feasibility.

Register here for this session (free of charge).

Speakers

Senior Project Manager
Intermunicipal organisation Leiedal
Eveline Huyghe - WVI
Responsible for European Programmes
WVI (Intermunicipal Organisation West-Flanders)
Senior Researcher
Ghent University
Project Officer Environment & Public Protection Directorate
West Sussex County Council
Arjan Rook
Project Manager
Municipality of Breda