Short-term measures for energy efficiency in companies

Client Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)

Duration July 2022 – July 2023


In the ongoing energy crisis, it is more important than ever for the German economy to leverage energy efficiency potential and save energy quickly and effectively. The Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Networks initiative therefore publishes fact sheets on short-term measures to save energy as a support offer for companies.

Whether industrial giant, medium-sized company or small business – in order to remain economical, it is more important than ever for companies of all sizes and industries to use energy sparingly and efficiently. Wherever a lot of energy is consumed, there is usually also great potential for savings. Many effective measures can be implemented in the short term. For example, insulating heat pipes can reduce the specific heat requirement by up to 80 percent, and eliminating leaks in compressed air networks also leads to significant energy savings. The Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Networks initiative has published factsheets on short-term energy saving and energy substitution measures as practical recommendations for action. Quick to implement, practical and low-investment – with concrete implementation steps and practical examples, the measures presented support companies in saving energy quickly and effectively.

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From the optimization of cross-sectional technologies to the involvement of employees – the 60 fact sheets cover a wide range of short-term measures:

  1. Person-related measures focus on raising awareness and motivating employees. Saving energy in a company is a joint task, because even seemingly small changes in individual behavior make a significant difference.
  2. Technical measures are used to optimize energy-consuming devices and systems as well as technical processes. In this way, energy can be saved, for example, in production processes and in building energy supply.
  3. Low-investment measures are associated with low costs compared to the possible gain in energy efficiency. In this way, a lot can be achieved even with a small financial investment.

Goals and results

The first factsheets are available for download on the website of the Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Networks Initiative and will be gradually added to. A list, which is also published on the website of the Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Networks initiative, provides an overview of the factsheets and other short-term measures. A detailed documentation of the fact sheets is also provided in the form of an additional checklist with note options.

All information about the network initiative and publications on short-term measures can be found at, on Twitter at @IEEKN_news, in the network initiative newsletter or by telephone on 030 667 777 66.

About the Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Networks Initiative

The Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection Networks initiative supports companies of all sizes and in all sectors to exchange information in networks across sectors, within sectors or within companies and to implement measures for more energy efficiency and climate protection. The initiative started in 2014 as an initiative for energy efficiency networks. Since 2021, it has been supported by 21 business associations and organizations together with the federal government and supported by numerous other project partners. In addition, it was expanded to include the topics of climate protection, energy transition and sustainability and is expected to establish 300 to 350 new networks by the end of 2025. In this way, nine to eleven terawatt hours of final energy or five to six million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are to be saved. The initiative wants to make an important contribution to climate protection and to increasing energy efficiency in industry, trade, commerce, trade and the energy sector.

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Tasks of IREES

  • Creation of fact sheets for efficiency measures in companies

Project partner

  • Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)


Prof. Dr. Eberhard Jochem
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Jochem
Johannes Haller
Johannes Haller