Towards a decarbonized Europe: Increasing energy efficiency in SMEs for a clean energy transition
As one of the basic pillars of the European sustainability agenda, energy efficiency plays a key role in achieving the EU’s energy transition and climate change objectives. The implementation of energy efficiency measures in industrial processes allows SMEs to tap into their high energy savings potential, leading not only to economic benefits but also to a sustainable future.
Exploiting these opportunities by overcoming structural, market and financial barriers are the core elements of the 7 EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects DEESME, E2DRIVER, INNOVEAS, SMEmPower, SPEEDIER, Triple-A and ICCEE.
The joint session "Towards a decarbonized Europe: Increasing energy efficiency in SMEs for a clean energy transition" at the 2021 EU SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WEEK (EUSEW) ‘TOWARDS 2030: RESHAPING THE EUROPEAN ENERGY SYSTEM’, provides guidelines and good practice to implement energy efficiency solutions and to facilitate the energy transition. SMEs have a high untapped energy saving potential which can be unlocked by overcoming structural, market and financial barriers. Industry stakeholders, policy makers, financial institutions, ESCOs, academia/research, energy professionals and other attendees will therefore hear about available services, tools and policies that can unlock considerable amounts of energy/cost savings and assist in achieving emission targets. This session focuses on three key aspects of energy efficiency improvements in SMEs around Europe:
- Barriers and opportunities in implementing energy efficiency solutions,
- Best practices and case studies, such as trainings, tools, services etc.,
- Policies to enhance the implementation of energy efficiency measures in SMEs in the upcoming years.
- Ivana Rogulj, Climate and Energy Expert IEECP Europe
- Padraig Lyons, Head of Group IERC, Ireland
- Filippos Dimitrios Mexis, Research Associate Decision Support Systems Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NTU Athens, Greece
- Mara Corbella, Junior European Project Manager IIPLE Bologna, Italy
- Erudino Llano Güemes,Training manager Fundación CIRCE, Spain
- Grigoris Papagiannis, Professor AUTH University Thessaloniki, Greece