Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2015
Date Ended:2020
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Voluntary Approaches
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy, Industry
Agency:Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Funding:No public funding
Evaluation:Annual monitoring starting in 2017

As part of the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE), the German Federal Government and 21 industry associations have founded the Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative.

The Federal Government has the goal to reach an agreement with 20 business, industry and trade associations on establishing 500 energy efficiency networks until the year 2020 (with 8-15 companies per network). Energy efficiency networks offer company experts a structured exchange of experiences with energy efficiency projects. The process begins with an assessment of energy efficiency potentials within the participating companies. In this regard, energy efficiency networks are a particularly suitable instrument for companies who are under an obligation to perform an energy audit (Art. 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive). With the support of external energy consultants, company in-house experts use the results of audits to plan and implement investments in energy efficiency.

Starting point is an assessment of efficiency potentials (energy audit) within the participating companies, followed by the setting of a common energy efficiency goal for the network.

After the initial assessment companies set a specific efficiency goal for themselves (e.g. reducing energy consumption by a certain percentage) as well as a common efficiency goal for the respective network. Over the course of the network operation (generally 3-4 years), the participants meet regularly in workshops and on-site consultations.

Experience with energy efficiency networks in Germany has shown that participation in a network results in motivational and organizational benefits for companies. Companies that participated in a pilot project with 30 networks achieved on average an energy consumption reduction of 10 per cent over a 4-5 year network process.

So far mainly companies of medium size from manufacturing industries have participated in energy efficiency networks . The Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative aims at mobilizing companies of all sizes and from several sectors, including trade and commerce.

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Industry, Energy management, Industry, High-efficiency industrial equipment and systems
Related policies:National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency

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