DEESME – Developing national schemes for energy efficiency in SMEs

DEESME – Developing national schemes for energy efficiency in SMEs

Coordinator: IEECP

  • Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy Stichting (IEECP)
  • Federazione Italiana per l’uso Razionale dell’Energia (FIRE)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (FRAUNHOFER – ISI)
  • Sustainable Energy Development Agency (SEDA)
  • European Center for Quality (ECQ)
  • The Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE)
  • Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes asbl (EEIP)


Unlike the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and large companies, SMEs have less technical human and financial resources to improve their energy efficiency. Barriers have been deeply investigated including lack of awareness, low capital, difficulty to access financing, doubts around actual saving potential and the lack of technical human resources. To provide SMEs with technical resources such as methodologies, best practices, technologies inventories and subsidies, national schemes exist. Some of the schemes introduce mandatory actions (energy analysis) to obtain such subsidies. Nevertheless, national policy schemes have failed to some extent to convince SMEs that the energy audit is something more than a “bureaucratic fulfilment” to obtain a contribution and to push large companies to take the step from the analysis to the investment. To overcome that, DEESME aims at:

  1. Enabling companies to manage the energy transition by taking profit of multiple benefits and energy management approaches,
  2. Supporting the development and implementation of energy efficiency EU policies in the framework of article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, beyond the project, by providing national authorities with guidelines and recommendations on how to strengthen the national schemes, and
  3. Enhancing the adoption of the DEESME approach by National Authorities beyond the project timeline through the implementation of institutionalization activities.

DEESME will target primarily National Authorities to address their needs from the incumbent policies and make them aware of the resources available to empower their schemes under art. 8, using the multiple benefits approach. Moreover, it will also target SMEs to assist them to develop and test the technical DEESME solutions by organizing information and training initiatives, realising energy audits and implementing energy management systems starting from international standard and adding the multiple benefits energy efficiency approach.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 892235.