Energy efficiency in SMEs

To improve the European competitiveness, the reduction of energy costs is a strategic point. Energy efficiency in the industrial processes allows to obtain the reduction of primary energy consumption, to the mititgation of greenhouse gas emissions and to improve the strength on the market. The 2006/32/EC highlights the role of the Member States to ensure the availability of efficient energy audit schemes, designed to identify potential energy efficiency measures, applied to all end consumers, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). But while several efforts have been made on the front of standardization for building auditing and to energy certification for building, the indurstrial audit for SMEs still needs a specific scheme and tools. Involving partners from 5 European countries, LiCEA partnership aims to find results useful for SMEs located in Central Europe territory.

Energy efficiency in SMES is going to be reached through so called LiCEA project (Life Cycle based Energy Audit). The goal of this project, where AIEC is one of 6 partners carrying out the activity in Slovakia, is to develop and apply smart LiCEA tool allowing the discovery of numerous unexploited energy saving opportunities along the supply chain of SMEs.

The cornerstone of the activity is the state of the art energy auditing applied in a life cycle perspective (LCA analysis). Typically, an energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows for energy conservation in a building, process or system to reduce the amount of energy input without negatively affecting the output.


Within this activity, following main goals were set up:

1) Creation of the LiCEA tool - electronic instrument (Excel Sheets) allowing to discover numerous untapped energy saving opportunities along the supply chain of SMEs in local industrial clusters

2) Identification of energy use in SMEs

3) Establish cross-sector actions - shifting the focus from the production phase to upstream or downstream activities facilitates a cross-sector breakthrough in energy efficiency for SMEs

4) Delivering the smart tool - towards local Energy Agencies for further implementation of LiCEA tool