Spring newsletter 2021


The LEAP4SME project begins

LEAP4SME is aiming to support Member States in establishing or improving effective policies for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to undergo energy audits and implement cost-effective, recommended energy-saving measures.
Over the past 8 months, the 10 LEAP4SME partners have finalised project preparations and initiated research activities – all working towards the goal of helping make Europe more energy efficient.

We are online!

The project website and social media channels launched in 2020 and are the places to go for updates about the project and for news about energy efficiency in Europe.
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@leap4sme @leap4sme

First research report released

Led by the Austrian Energy Agency, Deliverable 2.1 ‘Mapping SMEs in Europe’ Data collection explores energy consumption of SMEs on a country by country basis. > Read the report.
As part of our work mapping SMEs, we have produced an infographic showing the key findings of Deliverable 2.1 and the importance of SMEs for a more energy efficient Europe. > See the infographic.
Latest Results


The LEAP4SME project has been presented at seventeen national and international events focusing on increasing energy efficiency.

BEHAVE Conference 2021

LEAP4SME hosted a special session with speakers from around Europe. The session, Behavioural Insights and Barriers for Energy Policies in Enterprises, was moderated by Enrico Biele (ENEA) and Kerstin Schilcher (AEA). > View the presentations.

Energy Efficiency in the Production Sector

Co-organised by LEAP4SME & ENEA, the event presented the results of Article 8 of the EED requiring both large enterprises and energy intensive enterprises are to carry out an energy audit. >  Learn more.

In the press

Since the project was announced in 2020, LEAP4SME has appeared in 47 articles published in 8 countries and 4 languages – including in national publications such as Il Messagero.
Latest Articles

EU news

Agency Re-shuffle

LEAP4SME is now a part of the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency – CINEA, the new agency replacing INEA. The project was originally under EASME, which has since become EISMEA.

SME Support Centre

The Green Industry Platform has launched the beta version of its dedicated SME Support Centre, a user-friendly online portal to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) develop a resource efficiency strategy and implement specific actions. > Read more.

Horizon Europe

The EU has released its latest research and innovation program for 2021-2027. Read the full document to learn more about how the EU plans to push scientific development and accelerate the green transition.

Want to learn more about energy efficiency and SMEs?

Below are two reports exploring the challenges facing businesses post COVID-19, and the effectiveness of our current definitions of SMEs.
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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