Wednesday, 13 January 2016

SPiCE3 Energy Efficiency gets Green Light for Phase Two

Today (13 January 2016) the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has announced further support for EU chemical companies to increase their energy efficiency and competitiveness. This fresh investment round supports an innovative project designed to help European chemical companies to improve their energy efficiency: SPiCE3 (Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Efficiency Excellence). The SPiCE3 initiative provides a wealth of free resources to all chemical companies including workshops, peer-to-peer mentoring, on-site coaching and targeted events promoting best practice.

Europe’s SMEs represent a huge collective potential for driving energy efficiency, but can face challenges such as the lack of tools, expertise or resources. SPiCE3 will continue to provide accessible, hands-on assistance to SMEs, helping them with them to implement concrete measures that boost their energy efficiency.

Over 6 500 European companies have so far been reached through the SPiCE3 programme via:

  • 63 SME on-site trainings
  • 48 workshops at the local level reaching more than 650 participants
  • Three EU-wide events raising awareness of energy management best practices
  • The SPiCE3 web portal - a ‘one-stop shop’ for energy efficiency information and resources, including case studies, best practices, funding guides and newsletters

The continued investment by Cefic consolidates an industry-wide commitment to support increasing energy efficiency and competitiveness. As an energy intensive industry, the chemical sector alone consumes around 12% of the EU’s total energy demand, and one-third of EU industrial energy use. In addition, energy can be up to 25% of the total costs of an SME in the EU chemical sector. Therefore increasing energy efficiency is essential to preserving the industry’s competitiveness and to help meet Europe’s climate action goals.

Learn more about the SPiCE3 project in the video below.

For more information on SPiCE3 visit the web portal your one-stop shop for energy efficiency information including 50 case studies, 20 best practice guides and much, much more.

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