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Keep up to date on this page with all news relating to the SPiCE3 project, its initiatives, events, successes and awards. All our news stories are presented here and are summarised on a regular basis in the SPiCE3 newsletter. All registered users of SPiCE3 will receive the newsletter automatically. Non-registered users must register in order to receive these updates.

Energy Efficiency Experts: Interview with Hans Spaans
29 Jul 2016


Hans SpaansSPiCE3 had the chance to have a quick chat with Energy Expert Hans Spaans. Having worked for more than than 20 years on energy efficiency plans and projects for the chemical industry, Hans tells us in his own words about his experience in this field and talks about the next steps companies and governments should take towards energy efficiency.

1993 - present: Vision, Project management and consultancy in technology management. Cooperation with specialists in the field, forming dedicated project teams which are complementary in skills and experience.

1970 - 1993: R&D and technology management in the chemical Industry. All functions were characterized by a strong interface between R&D and marketing and R&D and production.

Other projects

  • Desk studies on markets and opportunities for new ventures in chemical industry. A cooperation with regional (e.g. NOM) development agencies usually exists.
  • Characterisation of the Dutch Chemical Industry: who makes what and where and how are these activities related in terms of chemicals and processes.
  • Content and information structuring of the "Chemiewijzer", a web-based technology information system for the chemical industry.

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SPiCE3 partners up with STEEEP to promote energy efficiency in European SMEs!
19 Jul 2016

STEEEP (Support and Training for an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance) is a 3-year European project which is helping 600 European cross-sector small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to reduce their energy consumption and become more energy-efficient.

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Companies participating in STEEEP benefit from tailored training and guidance on effective energy management tools and practices provided by an established network of intelligent energy advisors of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) from 10 different countries. The companies involved in the project effectively learn to measure and consequently control energy costs more efficiently.

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Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency Trends in the EU-28 2000-2014
12 Jul 2016

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In the period from 2000 to 2014, the European Union has reduced its energy consumption. This report aims at showing the present status of energy consumption in the EU-28, in the four main energy consuming sectors: residential, tertiary, transport and industry.

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Growing the energy efficiency financing market
30 Jun 2016

Only eleven percent - Dr Steven Fawkes' blog

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June 30, 2016 - Dr Steven Fawkes summarises his speech at a high level meeting in Brussels on energy efficiency on the topic of growing the energy efficiency financing market; the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) derisking project; and the Investor Confidence Project (ICP).

Read more on Dr Steven Fawkes' blog

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SPiCE³ Helps Deliver Energy Efficiency in the EU Chemical Industry
09 Jun 2016

SPiCE³ Helps Deliver Energy Efficiency in the EU Chemical Industry

On the 21st of June, Cefic organised an energy efficiency workshop to look at the challenges and opportunities for an energy efficient Europe. SPiCE³ was highlighted as an important tool to raise awareness and help boost energy efficiency in the EU chemical sector. Mikael Möller from IKEM in Sweden, and a founding partner in the SPiCE³ initiative, delivered a keynote speech on the need for the chemical industry to promote the positive benefits of energy efficiency to companies.

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EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2016
09 Jun 2016

Every year since 2006 - EASME (the Executive Agency for SMEs), on behalf of European Commission's Directorate General for Energy, organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). It is with EASME that we’ve worked in close collaboration during phase 1 of the SPiCE³ Project (April 2013 – June 2015). The idea behind the EUSEW is to promote the EU’s energy and climate goals, and it represents an important forum to discuss the EU’s sustainable energy agenda with stakeholders and the general public.

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Teesside Collective Grows
09 Jun 2016

Teesside Collective is a cluster of leading industries with a shared vision: to establish Teesside as the go-to location for future clean industrial development by creating Europe’s first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) equipped industrial zone. Teesside Collective is a pioneering infrastructure project offering a compelling opportunity to progress the UK’s industrial and environmental interests hand-in-hand.

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Getting the most out of ESOS
09 Jun 2016

Engie, the Chemical Industries Association’s Strategic Partner on energy efficiency have produced a webinar explaining how companies can get the most benefit out of their Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) audits. This is available to view for free at ENGIE ESOS Webinar.

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Energy Audits and Energy Management – guidance and best practices for Member States, and Recommendations on How to Improve
20 Mar 2015

The European Commission has released a study prepared by Ricardo Energy & Environment on Energy Efficiency in EU enterprises: “Energy Audits and Energy Management Systems Implementation of national minimum criteria for energy audits, in line with Annex VI of the Energy Efficiency Directive”.

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5 Energy Efficiency Projects Submitted for Consideration in Responsible Care Awards 2016
20 Mar 2015

The deadline for submitting projects for consideration in the 2016 edition of the Responsible Care Awards has now passed and the jury is hard at work to review each and every submission received! In the energy efficiency/SPiCE³ category 5 projects have been submitted for Award consideration.

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