The federal government and 18 trade associations and organizations, including the BDI, DIHK and HDE, have agreed to ensure the development of 500 new corporate networks by 2020.
A network should comprise 8 to 15 companies and operate for one to four years. The networks should improve the energy-efficiency potential of companies from all industries and of all sizes. Both sector-specific and mixed networks can be established. Each company will be individually advised in the network and can benefit from exchange of experience in the networking meetings.
Previous network projects have shown that the energy efficiency of participating companies is significantly higher than the industry average after 3 to 4 years, and that their energy productivity can increase twice as fast as the industry average. Furthermore, participation in a network can also meet important requirements of an energy audit. This makes fulfilment of the audit obligations arising from the Energy Services Act much easier for large companies (see article on the Energy Efficiency Directive).
Recognition of the new Ecoprofit Energy project as an energy-efficiency network is also currently being discussed within the meaning of the programme. We will keep you informed about this. Arqum already has a number of different networking projects throughout Germany. If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact us.