Support Member States in establishing or improving national and local schemes for SMEs to undergo energy audits and implement cost-effective recommended energy-saving measures.
An initial work of policies and programmes mapping will be followed by an in-depth understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, with the aim of overcoming the current criticalities and bottlenecks. At the same time a work of characterisation of SMEs in terms of energy consumption, size and sector will be carried out to understand effective ways to properly address existing and innovative energy audit policies.
Provided a continuous interaction (by means of workshops, questionnaires, meetings) with policy makers as well as SMEs and ESCOs/Energy Auditors associations, a set of policy proposals and recommendations will be then developed and diffused.
The priorities guiding the policy and recommendation development will be:
– Effectiveness and orientation to real market needs;
– Integration with other points of the EED, particularly article 7 Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes and alternative measures;
– Replicability, at least for SMEs sector/size/region;
A fundamental part of the project, with a relevant participation requested to each partner, will be a continuous action of capacity building and dissemination addressed to policy makers and relevant stakeholders at European, National and Regional level.
Investigate and evaluate what lies beyond energy audits and energy efficiency in SMEs in terms of multiple energy benefits and other resources optimisation (namely water and materials) and to provide an effective impact assessment framework. More specifically:
1) To analyse and assess, based on previous EU funded projects and national programmes, the co-benefits and inter-dependencies that may arise with the performance of energy audits that address non-direct energy benefits or co-benefits (e.g. the energy-water nexus) , as these are expected to encourage SMEs to undergo energy audits and to implement the recommended energy-saving measures.
2) To study the impact scenarios and develop an impact assessment framework, based on previous EU funded projects and national programmes and use its outputs to help improve the setting of national supporting schemes for SMEs.
|ADENE – Agência para a Energia|
|AEA – Austrian Energy Agency|
|CRES – Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving|
|EWA – The Energy and Water Agency|
|EIHP – Energy Institute HRVOJE POZAR|
|SIEA – Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency|
|KAPE – Polish National Energy Agency|
|EST – Energy Saving Trust|