Newsletter #6 - Last issue


Dear reader,

The ICCEE project ended in 2022, closing with a final conference jointly organised in Brussels with the DEESME project, several reports mostly summarising the project activities, and a will to continue working on these important industry sectors, to support SMEs on their journey to more energy efficiency.

We gathered key findings, from ICCEE and its sister projects, in short visual briefing, to grasp in a fast way the key results and recommendations, both for policymakers and SMEs. We hope you find them useful and hope to resume some day the ICCEE adventure with a follow up project!

Wishing you all the best,

The project team


Journal publication - "The ICCEE Toolbox. A Holistic Instrument Supporting Energy Efficiency of Cold Food and Beverage Supply Chains" published in the Environmental & Climate Technologies journal

Report - ICCEE guide on supply chains in the food and beverage sector (D5.5). The report is actually a presentation, thought as a tool to introduce the project, each industry sector potential measures and how the project tools can be used.

Additional project-activity-based reports:

Article - Making Europe's food cold chain supply energy-efficient. ICCEE’s aim was to change the practices, technology and culture in European SMEs to encourage improvements in energy efficiency. Read how in this “ICCEE in focus” in the CORDIS "Results in Brief", in 6 languages!

Briefing Towards more energy efficient companies: Focus on various industry sectors. A briefing summarising the ICCEE approach and results, as well as factors preventing and facilitating the implementation of energy efficiency measures for companies and supply chains and the value / supply chains and their potential to act as a leverage for the decarbonisation of companies. It includes links to the final conference presentations.

Briefing Policy recommendations, gathered by 9 EU projects working on the topic of more energy efficient companies

Briefing – Recommendations for SMEs towards more energy efficiency companies, gathered by 9 EU projects working on the topic of more energy efficient companies


ICCEE final event - Towards more energy efficient companies: Focus on various industry sectors. Rewatch the key presentations and read about the event.

Sister projects final events: e2driver (Enhancing energy efficiency: project fostering capacity building on energy audits in the automotive industry), innoveas (INNOVating the uptake of Energy Auditing Schemes for SMEs).


The Industry Informative Network, an international community of cold chain companies ensuring the diffusion of innovative energy efficiency solutions

Are you an industry, a warehouse, a cold storage or logistic operator? Are you looking for opportunities to improve your core business when it comes to energy efficiency? Join our community, increase your energy culture and help others improve their skills too!

A platform for exchange, the IIN aims at gathering the various market stakeholders, bridging the gap between demand and supply sides. Several supply chain actors will have the opportunity to improve their core business by revising their operations, improving awareness towards energy efficiency and sustainable supply-chain initiatives.

Help us strengthen the tool and support the creation of an interactive Catalogue of Innovations, by filling technology offer and/or demand with energy efficiency solutions for the cold chain and receive tips on how to boost energy efficiency in your activities by adopting best practices already validated by other operators. For more details, please contact Mr. Maurizio Notarfonso


Report on the evolution of financing practices for energy efficiency in buildings, SMEs and in industry

Energy efficiency investments must more than double to achieve the EU’s new climate and energy targets. This EEFIG report takes a deep dive into the status and identifies necessary actions to scale up energy efficiency investments in buildings, SMEs and industry.

Going green - Who is investing in energy efficiency, and why it matters

Investments in energy efficiency improvements are vital to ensure Europe’s future as a sustainable, yet prosperous economy. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, however, there is a great risk of losing sight of the benefits of energy efficiency investments by European firms. The EIB Investment Survey (EIBIS) provides a unique source of data that highlights how more investment in energy efficiency is needed


UK SMEs ‘overwhelmed’ with tackling climate change

A new report reveals that 91% of small businesses feel this way – not knowing where to start on their carbon journey. More than 500 British SME owners were quizzed on their thoughts around sustainable action, with 83% feeling the government should do more to educate them on how to cut emissions and achieve net zero.

Article - Feeding the world, preserving the planet, on EEIP

Do you know the environmental impact of the sandwich you had for lunch? Food production requires about 30 percent of the world’s total energy consumption and is still highly reliant on fossil fuels. In addition, industrial energy use is responsible for over 70% of global CO2 emissions. That sandwich has a high energy tag. To make eating that sandwich more environmentally friendly and secure a more sustainable future an EU-funded project called INNOVEAS proposes using energy audits to improve the energy efficiency of the industrial processes involved in producing your lunch.


Supporting small, medium-sized and large enterprises in the race to net zero

The European Covenant of Companies for Climate and Energy (CCCE) launched in 2022 its first call for technical assistance in five focus countries: Croatia, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. Potential beneficiaries include SMEs, groups of SMEs and companies, authorities (national, regional or local) and other enablers (associations and networks, energy service companies, etc.) in these focus countries. Successful applicants received direct and tailored support – which can include technical, financing, legal and other aspects – from the CCCE on their energy and climate transition from September 2022 to January 2023. Recording now available to learn more!

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The ICCEE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 847040.
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