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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.
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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)

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UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 140 047,50

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 97 937,50

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 81 661,25

BORG & CO AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 168 943,75

BUILDINGS PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE EUROPE ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 134 757,50

GRAZER ENERGIEAGENTUR GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 129 675

IREES GMBH - INSTITUT FUR RESSOURCENEFFIZIENZ UND ENERGIESTRATEGIEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 153 568,75

FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA PER L'USO RAZIONALE DELL'ENERGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 108 012,50

KRAJOWA AGENCJA POSZANOWANIA ENERGII SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 56 000

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 81 258,75

INSTITUTO DE SISTEMAS E ROBOTICA-ASSOCIACAO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 116 931,25

FACHHOCHSCHULE ZENTRALSCHWEIZ - HOCHSCHULE LUZERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 182 156,25

HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 785131

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2018

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

H2020-EU.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 866 490

  • EU contribution

    € 1 866 490

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany