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Linking Energy Audit Policies to enhance and support SMEs towards energy efficiency

Project description

Helping European SMEs undergo energy audits and implement energy efficiency measures

The EU-funded LEAP4SME project aims to support member states and specifically their small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in carrying out energy audits and implementing cost-effective energy-saving measures. To reach those objectives, LEAP4SME will conduct a mapping of policies and programmes that currently exist to identify their strengths and weaknesses. As a next step, a set of policy proposals and recommendations will be defined for the attention of member states. Eventually, the recommendations will be disseminated at European, national and regional levels.


The proposed project intends to support Member States in establishing or improving national and local schemes for SMEs to undergo energy audits and implement cost-effective recommended energy-saving measures.
An initial work of policies and programmes mapping will be followed by an in-depth understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, with the aim of overcoming the current criticalities and bottlenecks. At the same time a work of characterisation of SMEs in terms of energy consumption, size and sector will be carried out to understand effective ways to properly address existing and innovative energy audit policies.
Provided a continuous interaction (by means of workshops, questionnaires, meetings) with policy makers as well as SMEs and ESCOs/Energy Auditors associations, a set of policy proposals and recommendations will be then developed and diffused.
The priorities guiding the policy and recommendation development will be:
- Effectiveness and orientation to real market needs;
- Integration with other points of the EED, particularly article 7 Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes and alternative measures;
- Replicability, at least for SMEs sector/size/region;
A fundamental part of the project, with a relevant participation requested to each partner, will be a continuous action of capacity building and dissemination addressed to policy makers and relevant stakeholders at European, National and Regional level.
In order to concentrate the efforts on new challenges and to valorise previous efforts, the Consortium is committed to take as much advantage as possible of results obtained in previous pertinent EU funded projects (such as ENSPOL, ODYSSEE-MURE, EPATEE) and relevant initiatives such as EEFIG and its related Sustainable Energy Investment Forums.
On request of the European Institutions, the Consortium would also be very glad to contribute, through findings and results of the project, to the current debate on the SME definition.

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Net EU contribution
€ 404 368,75
Lungotevere grande ammiraglio thaon di revel 76
00196 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

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