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dc.contributor.authorBrown, Neilen
dc.contributor.authorFleming, P. D.en
dc.contributor.authorFavaretto, Nicolettaen
dc.contributor.authorSnadford, Niallen
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-17T14:09:02Z
dc.date.available2016-10-17T14:09:02Z
dc.date.issued2016-03-18
dc.identifier.citationBrown, 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)en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/12685
dc.description.abstract“Support and Training for an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance” is a 3-year European project helping over 600 European cross-sector small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to reduce their energy use and become more energy-efficient. Companies participating in STEEEP benefit from tailored training and guidance on effective energy management tools and best practices provided by an established network of energy advisors from Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) in 10 different countries. SMEs in many EU countries employ over 90% of the workforce, so improving the energy efficiency of EU SMEs is therefore compelling, with clear advantages for the European economy. Energy efficiency in SMEs previously received less attention than in larger companies, the public sector and dwellings. Previously, policymakers had little energy (and related) data for SMEs, making prioritising ways to support energy conservation difficult. In addition staffing resources and knowledge levels within SMEs frequently determine the level of commitment to energy efficiency and implementing EU energy and climate policy, with a dedicated or even part time energy manager for many SMEs a rarity. The STEEEP project aims to help this by introducing training to SMEs via CCIs, and monitoring savings and providing feedback to SMEs. Crucial to this is the benchmarking of energy use: Basic data about the SMEs, the SME’s energy consumption, and information about the SME policies and procedures relating to energy were gathered form each of the over 600 participants. Managing these data is a considerable task, notably in several languages, using combinations of numeric, free text and other data, gathered through questionnaires. It is not merely fiscal metering data, and supporting information that are gathered, we ask for from occupancy, to building types, and to complete the energy management matrix. We describe how this is done; the data processing . survey design, initial data gathering, benchmarking, and database architecture. Energy use is gathered as the project progresses , with interventions and changes captured. This paper describes the methods used and presents lessons learnt. This include the process of collecting , storing and analyzing the data from over 600 SMEs in 10 different countries. It identifies how barriers were overcome and how information from the data collection is being used by Chambers of Commerce and Industry to help reduce energy use of SMEsen
dc.titleData gathering and architecture aspects of a major EU wide energy efficiency project for SMEsen
dc.typeConferenceen
dc.researchgroupInstitute of Energy and Sustainable Developmenten
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderEU funding Contract number: IEE/13/844/SI2.675838en
dc.projectidSTEEEPen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2016-03-18en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)en


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