Launched in April 2013, the projefct enables companies to benefit from existing energy efficiency tools and exchange best practice through an multilingual on-line platform, industry workshops and tailored training. Energy efficiency initiatives by chemical companies will also be recognised as part of the industry’s Responsible Care award scheme.
Coordinated by Cefic, the project brings together 11 national chemical federations, which together account for around four-fifths of European chemicals industry sales. The countries represented are Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the UK. Other project partners are energy consultancy Challoch Energy, online communications agency ExtraMile, and NL Agency, a division of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The project is actively seeking participation from other countries and is pleased to have had the French and Spanish national chemical associations join in on a voluntary basis in September 2013.
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The European chemical industry has had a strong track record on energy efficiency for more than 20 years, but it is the small- and medium-sized companies that still hold a substantial untapped energy management potential, estimated at 10-15%. There have been many initiatives to support SMEs on energy efficiency, both at the EU and the national level. Yet there has been limited EU-wide, coordinated industry-led action to combine these efforts. The SPiCE3 project sets out to fill this gap. Existing industry initiatives, such as the Cefic-led CARE+ energy efficiency programme, will be built into SPiCE3.
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