It has been estimated that industries use nearly 40% of worldwide energy in their processes to produce materials and product. This contributes almost 37% of global GHG emissions.
Given that the Metal and Metalworking sector is one of the biggest industrial sector in the EU (accounted for 25% of the value added, almost 23,5% of all enterprises and 25% of the employment in 2012), mostly composed by SMEs, relevant energy savings could be produced.
In this contest, EE-METAL seize the opportunity given by the EU Energy strategy to help Metal and Metalworking SMEs to increase their resource efficiency, and to lower the global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Notably, the EU 2020 energy strategy entails among its objectives a cut in energy consumption and the improvement of energy efficiency of 20% by 2020, in each Member State.
In particular, the project is in line with the EU strategies and initiatives for a sustainable growth and for achieving energy efficient measures with regard to: The first priority of the EU Energy 2020 Strategy for achieving an Energy Efficient Europe Energy Efficiency plan [COM (2011) 109].
Link to regulation:
EU strategy for a competitive, sustainable and secure energy [COM (2010) 639 final] and the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (with regard to art. 8 who addresses energy audits and energy management systems in the European Member States), and the Directive 2013/12/EU.
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