Linking Energy Audit Policies to enhance and support SMEs towards energy efficiency

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.

Main Activities ADENE

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.

Key Deliverables

  • Report on existing support measures for energy audits and energy efficiency in SMEs;
  • Report on energy audits market and main barriers in auditing SMEs;
  • Compilation of good practices and Policy recommendations (also focusing on the water and materials dimension);
  • Final report on Capacity building and Training activities.

Portuguese Deliverables

  • Report on the literature review analysis of multiple energy benefits and best practices that may arise from current but adequate energy efficiency audits and actual implementation of the recommended energy-saving measures, including comparison on innovative approaches to integrated resource efficiency audits, namely contemplating the water-energy nexus;
  • Report on impact scenarios framework and strategies to boost energy audits and energy efficiency implementation, including by enhancing savings through other resource analyses (namely water and materials).

Financial Information

Financial Instrument
Total Budget
1 895 027.50 €
Budget ADENE
237 125.00 €


3 years

Project Coordination

Ana Cardoso