The European Enterprises Climate Cup (EECC) - A European competition on energy saving for small and medium sized enterprises!
The European Enterprises Climate Cup (EECC) was launched on the 28th of April 2015 and ended on the 31th of May 2016. Small and medium sized enterprises with a separate office space and up to 250 employees in 10 European countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta and Spain) were encouraged to enter into the competition on a national as well as on a European level. Over 13 months, participating companies were supported to implement energy saving measures in their offices and to motivate their employees to undertake energy efficient behavior.
The interactive Energy Savings Account (iESA)
To participate, enterprises were required to register for an “interactive Energy Savings Account” (iESA) by accessing their National Climate Cup web page. iESA is a web based energy management system for office buildings and private households. The iESA stores and registers the data inserted and provides an effective means of administering and controlling energy consumption, cost and CO2 emission.
To get the most out of this competition, it was important that enterprises kept their iESA up to date, which meant just 10 minutes every month. Throughout the competition, participants were advised and supported to implement measures aimed at reducing their energy consumption. These could be simple tasks such as motivating their employees to turn off the lights when leaving the office, or larger, more structural changes to the office building’s technical equipment or its envelope. Participants regularly received energy advice and tips on how to reduce energy consumption.
The iESA also provided information on the competition as it benchmarked energy savings and calculates the reductions in CO2 emissions of the different companies, monitoring the progress of the competition.
The European Competition
In each country SMEs were selected to participate in the EECC project by the initiators of the competition, and at least 10 exemplary detailed energy audits of office buildings have been performed in order to create a basis for energy efficiency measures that could be taken by the participants. In total, 181 SMEs toolkpart.
By the end of the EECC competition, the three SMEs with the highest savings and the most ambitious saving activities across Europe were determined according to the award criteria of the competition.
The National Competition
In addition to the European contest, the participants in each country were also assessed at the national level. The top participants were given a prize for the national competition. These energy champions were promoted as good practice for other SMEs. The winner was selected according to energy savings and implementation of energy saving measures and behavior changes of its employees. The energy champions were also invited and decorated at the European award ceremony.