Proposals should focus on one of the following topics:
- Capacity building programmes for qualified and/or accredited experts carrying out energy audits to ensure that they include the necessary financial and technical data which allows decision-makers and financiers to make informed decisions on implementing the energy saving measures identified; this could include the integration of LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Analysis) or NPV (Net Present Value) in energy audits.
- Staff trainings and capacity building programmes to enhance corporate policy towards energy efficiency, energy culture (motivations, behaviour change, mitigation of perceived risks and barriers) and sustainable supply-chain initiatives. All actors (from decision makers/corporate board members to employees in each department including purchase) should be targeted.
Proposals should demonstrate how the proposed activities will be continued commercially beyond the project lifetime. Involvement of relevant multiplier organisations is encouraged.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
In industrial and service sectors, energy efficiency investments, which can lead to important energy savings beneficial for the company and society as a whole, are often not implemented due to combination of factors and barriers faced by the actors involved (employees, decision-makers, auditors, ESCO, financial community etc.).
According to the Energy Efficiency Directive, large enterprises are subject to mandatory energy audits unless they are implementing an energy or environmental management system, and SMEs are encouraged to undergo energy audits within the coming years. This represents an opportunity for energy efficiency investments. However, as mentioned in the EEFIG report[[www.eefig.com]] to ensure that energy audit recommendations lead to actual implementation, it is necessary to change the approach in order to ensure that the results of energy audits provide the relevant financial data and can be addressed at board level.
Energy efficiency also relies on people behaviour and improvement of the energy culture of enterprises and their supply-chain.
Proposed actions are expected to demonstrate the impacts listed below (wherever possible, use quantified indicators and targets), depending on the scope of the proposal:
- Primary energy savings triggered by the project within its duration (in GWh/year per million Euro of EU funding);
- Market stakeholders with increased skills/capability/competencies (to be measured in number of people with increased capacity) and long-lasting training tools;
- Number of people/enterprises with enhanced energy culture documenting why and how changes are an effect of particular measures taken, as well in terms of the sustainability of the behavioural change.