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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Europe’s economy and play a fundamental role in world economies. Their energy consumption, although relatively low at individual level, is high when considered collectively.
According to International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis, SMEs account for at least 13% of global final energy consumption annually (74 exajoules) – about one third of the industry and services energy demand.
Using existing best available technologies and practices, SMEs could unlock energy savings of up to 30% of their total consumption.
Energy efficiency actions lead to energy savings that have a positive economic impact on the SMEs and a series of indirect benefits, such as reduction of waste generation, water consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and an improvement of the working environment.
LEAP4SME aims to support policy makers build the effective policies necessary to facilitate energy efficiency in SMEs.
How? Through the assessment and development of proper schemes for energy audits. By understanding the key energy needs of SMEs and the existing barriers that block the path to energy efficiency, LEAP4SME will provide effective, relevant advice to national bodies.
The result? Energy audit policies that are good for the environment and great for business.
The LEAP4SME consortium includes nine European national energy agencies and a communication partner to conduct research analysis and stakeholder involvement in nine countries.
Webinar: Meeting the SME decarbonisation challenge amidst an energy crisis
Energy Saving Trust presented new research undertaken for the Climate Change Committee, giving detailed insight into SME owners and managers’ views on decarbonisation at a time when small businesses are facing multiple economic challenges. We’ll discuss the UK government policy framework and provide an opportunity to learn from what other countries in Europe and the UK are doing, including the Business Energy Scotland support programme.
With speakers from Climate Change Committee, Energy Saving Trust and Business Energy Scotland, the agenda included:
• The policy framework for SME decarbonisation
• Owners and managers views’ of the decarbonisation challenge in four different sectors: horticulture; restaurant; clothing manufacturer; sole trader electricians and plumbers.
• Presentation of the latest developments in advice and support service – UK and international best practice