INNOVativing the uptake of Energy Auditing Schemes for SMEs (INNOVEAS)
INNOVEAS is a H2020 project funded by the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission and promoted by 10 partners of 6 European countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain). Its aim is to build and deliver a capacity building programme, aiming at addressing the major non-technical barriers that most often hamper the adoption the energy auditing practice among SMEs where such audits are not required by law and where usually energy usage is not at the top of the agenda. Beneficiaries of this project will be, beyond SMEs, industrial associations (on how to raise further awareness among SMEs, to provide guidance and support associated SMEs in energy audits); energy auditors (on how to deal with SMEs); financial institutes (for the creation of convenient financing solutions to support energy auditing SMEs); and policy makers (on the measures to be designed in order to boost energy audits among SMEs). This capacity building program will be based on the findings of a smart study, led by K&I, on the current attitudes towards energy efficiency and on the non-technical barriers hindering the diffusion of energy audits in SMEs.