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Support and Training for an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance (STEEEP)

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EUROCHAMBRES and 35 Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) from 10 different European countries will provide 630 cross-sector SMEs with tailored training and guidance on effective energy management tools and practices targeted towards specific national or regional needs. This will enable SMEs to measure and consequently control energy costs more efficiently. STEEEP will make use of the experience CCIs gained from previous projects and will deliver their actions mainly through SME workshops, bilateral coaching and help desks. The consortium ensures a wide geographic coverage and a mix between established and developing intelligent energy advisors, who will exchange their experience through comprehensive training and regular cross-border learning network meetings. Moreover, an experienced academic partner will scientifically evaluate the potential for energy savings, set efficiency targets, and monitor progress in implementing measures to reduce energy consumption. Additionally, pilot projects will be implemented in eight different countries across Europe, involving additional SMEs and setting up Local Energy Communities, shifting energy management from an individual approach to a collective one.


The expected results are:
  • 10-15% of energy savings for the 630 SMEs involved (and at least 15% of energy savings for SMEs participating in energy communities) which corresponds to a reduction of greenhouse gas emission of t 8500 CO2e/year.
  • Increased awareness on funding opportunities triggering energy efficiency measures.
  • Establishment of inter-company smart grids within the 8 local energy communities.
  • Significantly extended European network of trained CCI energy advisors with deepened knowledge of energy management tools and practices and their implementation in SMEs

Lessons learned

  • Reaching companies that have done nothing or very little on energy efficiency is difficult. These companies have huge potential, but it is challenging to maintain their motivation over time. Implementing a monitoring of energy consumption, particularly for small companies, is seen as an additional burden that might become heavy, especially if problems in daily business occur.
  • SMEs participating in STEEEP are concerned for energy issues and for the environment and intend to implement energy efficiency measures. Decisions to invest are not only taken on calculated objective arguments; in many cases the notions of comfort of the employees, of satisfaction of costumers and of image are decisive. SMEs lack, however, the necessary know how which shall be provided at not only management level; all employees have to be aware of basic energy issues and be subsequently committed the reduction of energy consumption. Therefore, internal communication is essential.
  • It is challenging to maintain the interest of companies over a longer period. At the beginning, all companies are motivated, willing to work together, provide data, participate in workshops etc. In the long term SMEs, require more support, especially financial support, which is not foreseen in the framework of this project. Even if the return on investment is less than 2 years, some SMEs do not have the sufficient financial capacities to invest in energy saving actions.

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EUROCHAMBRES - Association des Chambres de Commerce et d' Industrie européennes aisbl
Contact point: 
Ben Butters
+32 (0)2 282 0850


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01/03/2014 to 28/02/2017
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