The growing community of EUREM alumni world wide is a network with a lot of insight and experience in business energy matters. The EUREMplus project provided the opportunity to let them have their say on a number of issues:
What prevents businesses from taking energy efficiency measures and what supports them? The most important factors hampering implementation of energy projects are a long pay-back time of proposed measures and lack of time to attend to the topic. Also an unstable legal framework discourages action. SMEs and larger businesses had relatively similar views, with SMEs finding most of the barriers (e.g. lack of capital) even more relevant than bigger companies do.
As regards drivers of energy efficiency measures, “cost reduction” was by far the most important one for all company sizes, with “a high interest of top management in environment and energy issues” ranking next. For the smallest size group the availability of subsidies has a major importance, too.
A brochure summarising results and conclusions is available at www.eurem-plus.eu
Course contents and methodology: This survey gave alumni the chance to give their view, judging with a few extra years of experience since course completion. Results show that 92% of graduates are satisfied with the EUREM training. They confirmed that the selection and relative duration of course topics is still appropriate. When it comes to the personal benefits, they name improvement of expertise, professional development and enlargement of their professional network as the most important results of their course participation.
How much energy do EUREM alumni save on top of their course project? About 75 % of the measures planned in the energy concepts are implemented in the businesses. About 65% of respondents said they had already realised further projects, saving around 2,000 MWh per year, and a considerable number of recent graduates had not yet taken follow-up action, but planned to do so.
Working paper additional savings achieved by European EnergyManagers after the training
Energy efficiency in SME barriers and supporting factors