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The German Energy Agency reports that each of the country’s voluntary energy efficiency business networks saves an average of 31,000 megawatt hours of final energy per year. This corresponds roughly to the annual final energy consumption of 1,900 German households. The findings confirm that the networks are more successful than expected with those examined achieving an average of 111 percent of their self-imposed targets.
What is an Energy Efficiency Network?
An energy efficiency network is an association of several companies in a region or industry that work together to increase their energy efficiency. Central elements in the networks’ activities are moderated exchanges between the participants and the definition of a common savings goal. In this way, companies gain expertise in how they can increase their energy efficiency more quickly.
More than 4,000 Measures Implemented
The monitoring report took a closer look at 87 of the networks that have already wound up. The 948 participating companies implemented over 4,000 energy efficiency measures. Lighting was most frequently optimized (29%) with heat (17%) and process technology (13%) not far behind. The measures taken in just the 87 networks examined led to annual primary energy savings of 3,481,000 megawatt hours and greenhouse gas savings of 1,017,000 metric tons of CO2.
273 Active Networks for Climate Protection
The initiative has thus proven to be one of the most successful instruments of Germany’s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE). When it was launched, it was estimated that the plan for 500 networks could save five million tons of CO2 or 75 petajoules of primary energy. To date, 273 networks have been launched as part of the initiative. The participants are mostly very satisfied, with 88 percent of the companies rating the cost-benefit ratio as good or very good. An overview of the companies that have already joined can be found at www.effizienznetzwerke.org (in German).
About the Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative
Companies of all industries and sizes can benefit from participating in the energy efficiency networks. The Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative, founded at the end of 2014, helps companies to exchange information across networks, within sectors or within companies, and to implement energy efficiency measures. The initiative is supported by 22 associations and business organizations together with the federal government. The goal of the initiative is to support the establishment of around 500 new energy efficiency networks by the end of 2020, thereby making an important contribution to climate protection and increasing energy efficiency in industry, the trades, commerce and the energy industry.