Within the framework of its Climate Initiative, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) promotes projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases. An important starting point are measures to increase energy and resource efficiency and tap potential for reducing emissions economically with a widespread impact, while at the same time being worthwhile for those actively involved. Here the ‘Learning Energy Efficiency Networks’ (LEEN) can make a considerable contribution for the SME sector, as the ‘30 Pilot Networks’ project has shown.
In order to provide more extensive information on this successful ‘instrument developed by industry for industry’ and to provide incentives for further networks, the BMUB promotes further networks with the ‘LEEN 100’ project. The first ten new networks can apply for a subsidy of €4,000 per enterprise for the initial consultation and are supported by Fraunhofer ISI, Stiftung für Ressourceneffizienz und Klimaschutz (STREKS) and IREES in the imitation and starting phase, as are a further 30 new networks.
In all enterprises, there are numerous possibilities for profitable investment and organisational measures to reduce energy costs by using energy efficiently. The energy managers are partly aware of them, but there is often not enough time for the preparation and selection of investment solutions.