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Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

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According to the estimations of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) use more than 13% of the global total final energy demand, around 74 exajoules (EJ); cost-effective energy efficiency measures can save SMEs up to 22 EJ – more energy than Japan and Korea consume per year combined.


Improvements in energy efficiency offers considerable value for economies, societies and SMEs themselves, but efficiency investment is lagging because of a lack of information, resources, technical expertise and funding. This report presents an IEA Policy Pathway describing how well-designed energy efficiency programmes can address these barriers, unlocking a wide range of benefits.


The policy pathway to developing and implementing energy efficiency programmes for SMEs includes the following phases:


  • The planning phase involves tailoring each programme to meet the specific needs and circumstances of sub-section of the SME sector.
  • The implementation phase focuses on promoting the programme, motivating stakeholders and managing the implementation process.
  • The monitoring phase involves collecting, reviewing and sharing data, so that the effectiveness of the programme can be assessed on a regular basis and the programme adjusted to ensure maximum results.
  • The evaluation phase seeks to determine programme results, impacts and success factors, assess cost-effectiveness and the effectiveness of instruments used, and guide future efforts.



This policy pathway also shows how governments, industry associations, financial institutions and other stakeholders can develop and implement effective programmes.



To download the report, please visit the relevant IEA website.