From energy audits to action plans for implementation of energy efficiency measures

Panel: 5. Business models, finance and investment in the age of digitalisation

Authors:
Elin Svensson, CIT Industriell Energi AB, Sweden
Karin Eriksson, CIT Industriell Energi AB, Sweden
Ingrid Nyström, CIT Industriell Energi AB, Sweden
Per-Åke Franck, CIT Industriell Energi AB, Sweden
Niklas Hansson, County administrative board / Länsstyrelsen Skåne, Sweden

Abstract

In order to support energy efficiency implementation in Swedish industry, the Swedish Energy Agency has started a number of national programs that are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and are directed towards SMEs. In one of these, the goal is to better utilize the opportunity provided through the supervision of the Swedish Environmental Code to reach companies with guidance on energy efficiency. On the legal grounds of the code, which requires companies to conserve energy, authorities for environmental inspection and enforcement at county administrative boards and municipalities have unique opportunities for enhancing energy efficiency activities in companies. So far, most of the focus has been on best available techniques in energy-intensive industry. Now, however, activities directed towards industrial SMEs and their energy management efforts are being practiced increasingly. There is, consequently, a need for strengthening the competency in energy issues at the authorities and to provide them with methods, tools and information material that can be used in communication with companies in connection with site visits.

One of the outputs of the project, which aims at meeting this need, is a guide for companies on how to develop an implementation plan for energy efficiency. The guide is targeted towards companies that already have identified possible energy efficiency measures, for example in an energy audit, and needs guidance in how to move on and decide which measures to implement. The guide offers advice for developing a useful and effective plan for implementation of energy efficiency measures. It describes how measures can be prioritized based on profitability as well as business strategies, resources and company goals. Methods for investment evaluation are explained and a tool for life cycle cost calculations is provided. In this presentation, the guide and the suggested work process for setting up the implementation plan will be outlined.

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