Giving SMEs the power to change
Detailed description of the Good Practice
Individually, SMEs do not have a huge environmental impact, but collectively their ecological footprint is massive. Lidköping in Sweden is raising awareness among local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the environmental and business benefits of better managing their energy use.
As part of Lidköping’s efforts to slash its area’s CO2 emissions by 25% (50% for local authority bodies) by 2010 compared with 1990 levels, the town of 25,000 inhabitants has decided to target local businesses.
The Energy Gain programme, which was set to pass its target of 100 SMEs, is divided into two distinct components: educational and practical. Delivered through seminars and study visits, the training focuses on energy use and is tailored for each sector. For the practical component, the SMEs are helped to carry out an audit of their energy use and using that information to develop a strategy for energy-efficiency measures and switching to renewable energy.
The Lidköping municipality put a lot of effort into stimulating interest and confidence in the project in its initial phase. In addition, it developed tools to facilitate the practical work before the first training rounds began.
Objectives of the Good Practice
The Swedish city of Lidköping launched its Energy Gain programme to raise awareness among local enterprises of energy-related issues and to help them find more environmentally friendly energy options. Funded equally by the municipality and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Gain aimed to train at least 100 SMEs from a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture, real estate and retailing and encourage them to enter voluntary energy agreements.
Participants of the Good Practice
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Local business-support organisations and associations, such as Miljöpunkten, a network for business-driven environmental development.
Target group of the Good Practice
More Details of the Good Practice
531 88 Lidköping
Tel: +46 510 77 00 00
Yvonne Träff , yvonne.traff @lidkoping.se
Data sources and references
EU local energy action
Good practice 2008
(Accessed March, 24, 2010)