Support and Training for an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance


The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development are partners in this intelligent energy Europe funded project, led by Eurochambres .  Support and Training for an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance is a three-year European project which is helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), from different sectors to reduce their energy consumption and become more energy efficient.

Over 600 companies are participating from 10 different countries, supported by a network of Energy Advisers from Chambers of commerce and Industry (CCIs), coordinated by Eurochambres.

The De Montfort University work consists of monitoring and evaluating the energy efficiency savings resulting from the STEEEP training.  It is benchmarking the energy performance of the small businesses by country and by sector and evaluating of the energy savings from the whole project.

Benchmarks. Annual benchmarks consist of comparing businesses with their previous consumption, comparing all businesses in terms of  kWh/m2  and comparing all businesses by  NACE  codes 

Table of SMEs listed by NACE code
 NACE CodeCount of Country Minimum of Electricity kWh/m2/yrAverage of Electricity kWh/m2/yr Maximum of Electricity kWh/m2/yr 
 Accomodation and Food  21  0.10  4237.75  88583.04
Administration and Support  2  1.21  1.97  2.73
 Agriculture  7  0.02  123407.34  863442.10
 Construction  1  3.83  3.83  3.83
 Education  1  0.06  0.06  0.06
 Finance and Insurance  1  11.35  11.35  11.35
 Health and Social  1  2.74  2.74  2.74
 Information and Communication  3  0.01  43.92  99.97
 Manufacturing  84  0.32  1509.08  68063.97
 Other Services  13  2.07  24.54  238.70
 Professional, Scientific and Technical  6  0.14  36.05  171.69
Transport  4  3.09  116.42  397.26
 Wholesale and Retail  8  5.05  1026.23  3886.47

Evaluation. This includes both an evaluation of the energy savings and, an evaluation of the changes in organisational aspects following the training and support provided by the CCIs. Regular data are collected from small businesses and analysed.  Savings compared with the pattern of consumption before the training and after the training. Use of the energy management matrix to compare organisational aspects again, both before and after engagement with CCIs.



Publications. Brown, N., Fleming, P., Favaretto, N. and Sandford, N. (2016) Data gathering and architecture aspects of a major EU wide energy efficiency project for SMEs. 9th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’16)

Contact us

For more information about the STEEEP project

Prof Paul Fleming
Director of Sustainable Development
T: +44 (0)116 257 7961

Dr Neil Brown
Senior Research Fellow
T: +44 (0)116 257 7851


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