Webinar: Webinar Tools and trainings to help SMEs save energy – Experiences from GEAR@SME
GEAR@SME takes a local, collective approach based on multiple benefits, tailored to the specific locality.
GEAR@SME will test and validate its methodology in four countries: Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania, reaching out to a minimum of 300 SMEs per location.
GEAR@SME will reach another 80 locations through the communication and exploitation activities within project lifetime.
GEAR@SME will reach another 600 locations through dissemination events and the online portal beyond project lifetime.
Karina Veum is senior consultant at TNO and leader of the consortium of the EU-funded project GEAR@SME project. GEAR@SME addresses the challenges of making SMEs more energy efficient. The new Online Portal www.energyefficientsme.eu is one of the important tools developed in this project. ...
SMEs are enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro.
On their own, SMEs do not consume huge amounts of energy, however, collectively they consume more than 13 % of energy. There are globally-significant opportunities to implement energy efficiency measures with potential for savings of up to 30%. At the same time, the adoption rate of energy efficiency measures in SMEs is low. Fewer than 30% of SMEs in Europe have implemented any measures for conserving energy, and only 4% have a comprehensive approach to energy efficiency.
A Trusted partner is an entity that establishes relationships between the relevant parties on both the demand side (SMEs) and the supply side and who attaches mutual respect, accountability, and success to this relationship.