During the event, the project partners of the CAESAR project will demonstrate the findings and results of the project activities related to improving energy efficiency in enterprises, and will discuss with the participants any recommendations and future activities in this field.
The implementation of effective energy efficiency (EE) measures in enterprises is a key element to reach Europe's energy and climate targets 2030. Enterprises account for approximately 1/3 of Europe's energy consumption, and the related emissions of greenhouse gases and air/water pollutants. Improving EE in enterprises therefore contributes significantly to the decarbonisation of the economy and the achievement of the climate goals, while at the same time reducing pollution (directly, if the pollution takes place on site, e.g. through own power generation & combustion processes, specific manufacturing equipment, etc.; or indirectly, if the energy used by the enterprise is transformed elsewhere).
At the same time, improving energy efficiency contributes to increasing competitiveness and reducing costs. Large companies are already obliged to conduct energy audits (e.g. EN16247) to determine energy saving potentials. SMEs, and especially very small enterprises, are often put off by a lack of know-how or fears of excessive costs/concerns about the quality of the audits. The CAESAR project aimed at addressing the potential that lies herein.
The consortium established a network of stakeholders with the purpose of rolling out EE policies in SMEs. It set the basis for the successful qualification of stakeholders (policy makers, enterprises, energy agencies, auditors) in the regions to set up and accompany EE measures in enterprises. It defined the benchmarks for enterprises and created and distributed a low-barrier energy efficiency auditing tool designed for the needs of all regions of the Alpine Space and the requirements of small enterprises. "Energy tutors" gained the competences needed to help SMEs improving EE. By doing so, the project addressed the needs identified within the EUSALP macrostrategy.
The online event will demonstrate the findings and results of the project activities related to improving energy efficiency in enterprises, and will discuss with the participants any recommendations and future activities in this field.