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The INNOVEAS Project

CKA is a partner in the INNOVEAS project to build and deliver a capacity building programme on energy efficiency aimed at SMEs in Europe. The work started in June 2019 and will continue until May 2022. The project is led by IIPLE, the Istituto Istruzione Professionale Lavoratori Edili della Provincia of Bologna. The project website is here.

The project will address the low uptake of energy auditing practices by SMEs in Europe, based on the belief that this will accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency measures needed for the EU to meet its obligations with regard to climate change.

The main tasks include a number of studies and surveys on the adoption of energy efficiency measures by SMEs in Europe, awareness of the issues and barriers to adoption and the fitness of existing awareness building and training, as well as the availability of measures to support audits and the adoption of their recommendations.

Energy audits are required by for all non-SMEs in Europe and for all companies operating in energy intensive sectors. However, they are not required for SMEs. So, an important part of the work of the project is to encourage companies to invest in energy efficiency improvements of industrial and other processes, without the levers of persuasion provided by company law backed by sanctions on those companies that fail to comply.

Energy efficiency is only one of elements needed to address what the UN now refers to as the “climate crisis.” A more complete list would look like this:

  • Reduce the carbon footprint (including carbon sequestration)
  • Switch to renewable energy sources
  • Reduce use of energy through efficiency measures (using both individual, collective and systemic approaches)

One of the aims is to deliver a fully structured training and capacity building programme aiming at improving the use of energy audit as tools to identify the best energy saving measures to be adopted in SMEs. This will include tailored in-company-trainings aimed at SMEs adapted to their specific needs along with webinars intended to reach a larger audience.

CKA is involved in all aspects of the project, including the design and delivery of capacity building programs. It is in charge of an “innovation management” task whose goal is to ensure the sustainability of the initiative and its continued functioning beyond the lifetime of the project.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The INNOVEAS project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, under grant agreement No. 847095.


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