SME Power Energy Efficiency project
Find out more about SME Power - a European partnership project seeking to improve the energy efficiency of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in County Durham by improving policies and exchanging best practice and experience.
About the project
This European partnership project started in August 2019 and is due to run until July 2023.
The objective is to investigate and improve policies, support and funding relating to energy efficiency, particularly those affecting smaller, less energy intensive businesses. The first 36 months involve learning exchange across the partnership and developing an action plan, with the remainder of the project being used to implement and monitor the success of the action plan. Local and national stakeholders will play a key role in the project and engaged throughout.
Funded through the Interreg Europe programme, the project is worth a total of 159,902 Euros from Interreg, with Durham contributing an additional 28,218 Euros.
The project is led by the Resources Recovery Regional Agency in Italy and the partners are the European Institute for Innovation (Germany), Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (Slovakia), Regional Public Energy Entity of Castile y Leon (Spain), Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (Ireland), Innovations and Management Centre Clg Ta Westbic (Ireland), Heinola City (Finland) and Durham.
The SME Power project is just one of our current European Partnership Grants funded projects.
Our involvement in the project
Our involvement in the project is being led by the Low Carbon Economy Team, and our main focus will be identifying gaps in existing support mechanisms and working to rectify this. We will look to enhance the effectiveness of any existing European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) projects we manage such as Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) and identifying how businesses can be supported in the future.
We will be holding local stakeholder groups meetings, bringing together local, regional and national partners to advise on the project.
In partnership with
- EU Regional Development Fund
- SME Power