Autumn newsletter 2021

Newsletter #2 |  Autumn 2021

LEAP4SME releases second research report

Led by the Energy Saving Trust in collaboration with the Austrian Energy Agency, the project has released it’s second research report on Existing support measures for energy audits and energy efficiency in SMEs. The report explores the existing frameworks in place to help SMEs in becoming more energy efficient, as well as giving recommendations on how we can optimise these frameworks, as well as proposing new policies to drive energy efficiency in SMEs.
Read the report
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Behave Conference

This year LEAP4SME hosted a special session at the BEHAVE Conference, curating an online webinar with speakers from around Europe. The session, Behavioural Insights and Barriers for Energy Policies in Enterprises, was moderated by Enrico Biele from ENEA and Kerstin Schilcher the Austrian Energy Agency.
View the event

Energy agency interview series

“The most important barrier in adopting energy audits and energy efficiency measures is that the SME owners and/or managers cannot recognize or quantify the clear benefit, … not only financial but also environmental, [and the] improvement of their working environment and social responsibility.”
Dr Spyridon Economou President Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving
The project has conducted interviews with agency leaders across Europe, gaining insights into the work being done to advance energy efficiency, in particular in the case of SMEs. In addition to Dr Economou of CRES, LEAP4SME has conducted interviews with AEA, ADENE, EST, EWA, KAPE, SIEA, EIHP and ENEA. Stay tuned for more updates from this interview series in the near future.
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Future Events

The LEAP4SME project continues to be present at high level international events in the energy sector.

EU Sustainable Energy Week

LEAP4SME will be a part of the EUSEW extended programme session this October. The event will focus on Energy Intensive SMEs, with speakers from the project, CINEA, Copper Alliance, ENEA and CAEF/Assofond. Stay tuned for more updates on EUSEW and more events over the coming months.

In the Press

The project has been featured in a number of European and international publications.
LEAP4SME was featured in La Repubblica, with a focus on the project’s previous publication, Mapping Energy Consumption in SMEs. > Read the article
The project appeared in the summer issue of REVOLVE Magazine, a quarterly publication on sustainability. The article is also freely available to view online. > View article
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EU News

CINEA has released their report on EU-funding projects supporting the uptake of energy efficiency measures in industry and services. > Read the report The European Commission has released a publication on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe > Read the report
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 893924.
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