Towards more energy savings in European SMEs – Focus on collective actions

Start/Stop Date:
31 Mar 2023
Hybrid: online and Brussels
Focus Areas:
SMEs, collective actions
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The aim of the conference is to exchange experiences made on energy saving and climate protection in the European project GEAR@SME. The focus is on the question of how useful collective measures are in saving energy. Does this motivate and support SMEs more than if they were to do it alone? Speakers from all over Europe – experts, practitioners and stakeholders exchange their views.


Welcome // Introducing the agenda
Karina Veum, TNO

GEAR concept in a nutshell: Why is a collective approach important (incl. tools and training); project impacts?
Suzanne Brunsting, TNO

Panel discussion: Developments and experiences with collective approaches; what has the GEAR@SME project achieved within the respective use cases; What has worked well? What are important next steps?
Moderator: Stefan Cirstea, TUCN Panelists: Stef Lomans, CCS Palmira Ugarte, BEA Mattia Ricci, ENEA Timea Farkas, SVT

Coffee Break

Exploitation of project results: example from the Netherlands 
Jeroen Bosma, CLOK

Policy recommendations
Palmira Ugarte Berzal, BEA

Panel debate: What is the best way to roll out the collective approach? How can different actors contribute? And what are key policy ingredients for success? Q&A
Moderator: Guus Mulder, TKI Urban Energy Panelists: Antigona Lesi, German Chamber of Commerce Filippo Gasparin, CINEA Andrei Ceclan, SVT Ingrid Nyström, CIT Renergy, Karen Clements, European Covenant of Companies for Climate and Energy>

Conclusions and closure
Karina Veum, TNO