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Valuing and Communicating Multiple Benefits of Energy-Efficiency Measures

Objective

Research suggests that the industrial and service sectors, which account for 40% of final energy consumption in the EU, offer substantial potential for cost-effective energy savings. However, an under-investment in energy-efficiency—an “energy-efficiency gap”—is observed in all countries due to the persistent existence of barriers. One key barrier is that companies do not consider energy use as a contributor to their competitive advantage. As a result, investments in energy efficiency are neglected compared to other investments. On the other hand, many frequently observed multiple benefits (MBs) of energy efficiency– such as improved product quality, higher flexibility, reduced production time, reduced production loss, increased safety, reduced operational, commercial, legal or climate change risks - represent important core business benefits for companies. Thus, MBs enhance both the strategic character and financial attractiveness of energy efficiency projects in companies.
M-BENEFITS aims at including the MBs of energy efficiency in investment decisions of companies and thereby substantially increasing the deployment of cost-effective energy saving potentials. It contributes to the work programme by delivering best-practice examples, tools and trainings on the importance of MBs for investment decisions in companies, thereby addressing all relevant decision-makers.
M-BENEFITS will
-create a harmonised approach to include the MBs of energy efficiency in investment decisions of companies,
-collect data and develop case studies throughout the industrial and service sectors to build-up evidence base and know-how on the importance of MBs for companies,
-develop evaluation, communication and training tools for companies to identify and quantify MBs in energy efficiency projects and to communicate them in energy, operational and strategic terms,
-provide tailor-made ways for trainings inside and outside the company and for communication on MBs to relevant stakeholders.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-EE-2017-CSA-PPI
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 335 540

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 140 047,50
Address
Quartier Unil-centre Bâtiment Unicentre
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 97 937,50
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 81 661,25
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BORG & CO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 168 943,75
Address
Sveavagen 98 4Tr
113 50 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUILDINGS PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE EUROPE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 134 757,50
Address
Rue De La Science 23
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
GRAZER ENERGIEAGENTUR GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 129 675
Address
Kaiserfeldgasse 13/1
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IREES GMBH - INSTITUT FUR RESSOURCENEFFIZIENZ UND ENERGIESTRATEGIEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 153 568,75
Address
Schonfeldstrasse 8
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA PER L'USO RAZIONALE DELL'ENERGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 108 012,50
Address
Via Anguillarese 301
00123 Rome
Activity type
Other
KRAJOWA AGENCJA POSZANOWANIA ENERGII SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 56 000
Address
Al. Jerozolimskie 65/79
00 697 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 81 258,75
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO DE SISTEMAS E ROBOTICA-ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 116 931,25
Address
Polo Ii Vila Franca
3030 290 Coimbra
Activity type
Research Organisations
FACHHOCHSCHULE ZENTRALSCHWEIZ - HOCHSCHULE LUZERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 182 156,25
Address
Werftestrasse 4
6002 Luzern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Route De Moutier 14
2800 Delemont
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments