Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency (PINE)
22 Jan 2015

Summary: PInE aims to increase energy efficiency in industrial SMEs by means of auditing schemes and subsequent provision of professional technical advice for the implementation of customised measures. On a later stage, the project will outline a business plan for the establishment of a self-sustaining system based upon a saving-sharing model to continue and expand project-specific activities beyond the project’s lifetime.


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The system comprises four main stages: creation of a shared model for auditing procedures, training for scouts and auditors, scouting, auditing. A common model will be defined for a successful auditing phase including a set of benchmarks and checklists structured in such a way to be easily replicable also in other countries. Scouting will identify potential for action and willing to implement the system on their premises through preliminary audits in 280 SMEs, out of which 140 enterprises will be selected for the following in-depth auditing phase, which includes detailed field analysis, identification of technical solutions readily available on the market, advice on financing tools.


  • Common definition of a guide on energy audits presenting methodology and tools to guide the work of auditors and scouts suitable also in other European countries
  • 280 preliminary audits in selected SMEs (out of 1,400 SMEs contacts). SMEs’ selection criteria will concern energy savings potential and willingness to implement the system on their premises. Companies will be selected also with a focus on sectors not covered in previous IEE and/or national projects. Scouting is addressed to identify the energy use of SMEs, define the areas of significant consumptions and point out the need in depth auditing.
  • 140 full audits in selected SMEs (out of 280 SMEs with preliminary audits). Energy audits are conducted onsite and at the desk to provide a better understanding of major energy consuming systems and to gain insight into short and long-term energy consumption patterns in processes and infrastructure Auditors will support companies in overcoming technical, economical, organizational and legal issues that could impede the implementation of the measures suggested
  • Cumulative investments auditing in energy efficient equipment and other energy savings devices made by industrial SMEs benefitting from PInE are expected to reach € 700,000. PInE’s actions will lead to 2,172 toe in energy savings in SMEs benefitting from PInE’s full audits, equivalent to 3,085 toe in primary energy savings and 7,682 t CO2e reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Development and testing a business model that will cover the costs of implementing the PINE activities without EU funds in years to come. After the end of the project, companies that will be interested in performing an energy audit and increasing their energy efficiency will share the demonstrated energy savings and the consequent monetary savings with the auditors (for example with an 80/20 scheme). This saving-sharing will be the fee paid to the scouts and auditors.


Project's summary + key documents and contact

Project's webpage on the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme's website

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