Energy efficiency

Care for the environment is one of the three CSR pillars. Within this pillar most attention is without a doubt given to energy, since the most profit is to be gained in this field, both through direct savings and by investments in energy efficient devices and infrastructure. The experiences of QUADRANT and BUSINEXT reveal that for many enterprises, the sustainability story starts with actions intended to lead to greater energy efficiency. In this regard, companies can also count on the expertise of ENGIE Electrabel, a partner of the Federation and of the chambers of commerce.

 

 

STEEEP – Support and Training for an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance

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Energy efficiency is also a priority for Europe, within the scope of achieving its climate objectives. Through numerous projects, it is attempting to encourage companies to limit and optimise their energy consumption.

STEEEP is a European project in which for three years (2014-2017), 630 European SMEs are being guided in implementing energy efficient measures. The eventual objective is to arrive at an energy saving of 10 to 15%. The project is an initiative of chambers of commerce from ten European countries coordinated by EUROCHAMBRES, and is being co-financed by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.

In Belgium, 19 SMEs from the Flemish Brabant and East Flanders regions undertook in early October 2014 to examine their energy consumption and to achieve energy savings. They participate in collective workshops whereby they learn about different themes such as lighting, heating and refrigeration. During the workshops, they also exchange experiences concerning energy management and saving techniques. Larger companies from the region also take part in these workshops.

Nine sessions were organised in total. The topics and data are determined in mutual consultation. Company visits are also on the agenda and, where possible, are linked to the topics discussed. Lastly, each enterprise is still guided individually in effectively implementing energy-saving measures.

At the end of February 2017, the project was concluded.

Achievements by participating companies
Air Liquide Hospital Care attained an average of 12% energy reductions and its case is well described on page 9 of the “success stories” brochure. To know more on the project itself, the article by the energy advisor Kristien Depraetere at the Voka – KvK Vlaams-Brabant is very useful.

How did the European partners worked, which conclusions and suggestions did they draw?

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