To maintain competitiveness and comply with decarbonization goals, enterprises must reduce their energy consumption. Especially SMEs, which in the Alpine region account for a significant part of the economy, have difficulties analyzing their potentials for increased energy efficiency (EE) and identify pathways towards net-zero. The project will showcase the benefits of carbon-footprinting (CCF) to SMEs, especially from the Agrofood sector, and engage them in a process of data analysis. Pilot enterprises will contribute to creating checklists, process lists and tools for assessing their emissions and energy situation and start improving it.
CAESAR 2 is upgrading the results of CAESAR project where solutions for introducing energy efficiency measures in small Alpine enterprises were developed through co-creation process with industry clusters from four Alpine countries. The CAESAR-approach will be expanded to move from the topic of energy efficiency to the higher level of carbon-footprinting energy audits, reach out to new sectors of the economy and test a methodology which is feasible for SMEs. This topic is currently high on the agenda in several Alpine regions and will be of high importance in the near future. SMEs will need to be prepared to respond to growing political and consumer/partner demands in this sense.
Specific objectives and results
- To identify available tools for performing Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) assessments and to adapt them to meet the needs and capacities of small enterprises
- To integrate the CCF approach with existing energy efficiency audit tools (integrated CCF&EE audit)
- To test the tool through pilot projects in partner countries with a focus on the agricultural sector
- To prepare easy-to-use guidelines for performing CCF&EE audits in small enterprises and disseminating the tool among industry clusters and enterprises.
Funding: The project is co-financed by the European Union (Alpine Region Preparatory Action Fund - ARPAF)
Project budget: 146.215,00 EUR
- Energy Agency South Tyrol – CasaClima (IT, lead partner)
- Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (AT)
- Energy Management Agency of Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT)
- E-institute (SI)