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GreenEcoNet launches policy brief on EU SME energy efficiency policies

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The GreenEcoNet team is proud to present the 3rd policy brief in our series, entitled 'Energy Efficiency Policies for SMEs in Europe'.

As with other publications in the series, this policy brief is based on an expert literature review and conversations with GreenEcoNet stakeholders and other experts. It explores main barriers in the EU to improving energy efficiency amongst SMEs and proposes recommendations for policy makers in overcoming those obstructions.

Check out the abstract below, and click here to read policy brief in full.

This report highlights the requirements set for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by the European Union’s Directive 2012/27/EU. Based on a literature review and from the GreenEcoNet experience, the main barriers in terms of adopting energy efficiency measures by SMEs are identified. The aim of this report is to generate knowledge about energy efficiency improvements by SMEs and propose recommendations to the policy makers to overcome those barriers.

Main policy messages

  • Provide incentives (e.g. funding, consultancy, promotion of innovative products) in order to overcome different types of challenges that require technical, legal advice and support, while aiming at increasing the SMEs interest in terms of energy efficiency improvements.
  • Policy measures to raise SMEs awareness about energy efficiency products and services.
  • Policy makers should encourage the adoption of energy efficiency improvements, by motivating SMEs (e.g. provide financial incentives, or systematic ways of working with energy efficiency).
  • Policy makers need to develop a network, which will facilitate cooperation between SMEs and will give them the opportunity to easily interact with each other.

Manoli, Flamos, Rizos, Papadelis & Spyridaki (2016) Energy Efficiency Policies for SMEs in Europe. GreenEcoNet Policy Brief No. 3. Weblink

For any further information on the briefing, please contact Danai Manoli, UPRC (