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SME model

The SME model provides energy management for small and medium-size companies that do not have their own energy officer, emit less than 1500 tons of CO₂ annually and spend less than 1 000 000 francs on energy. With minimal outlay, existing energy efficiency potential is ascertained and exploited by means of cost-effective measures. Opting for the SME model is already worthwhile as of annual energy costs of 20 000 francs.

Advantages in a nutshell

  1. Optimized energy use and reduced energy costs

  2. Annual energy consulting based on energy and product neutrality

  3. Simple energy management system

  4. Compliance of cantonal legislation governing large-scale consumers (Grossverbraucherartikel)

  5. Exemption from the federal CO₂-tax

  6. Benefits and subsidies

The energy management process under the SME model

  1. Energy check-up at the enterprise

    The EnAW consultant looks at the enterprise for energy savings potential. Depending on size of the enterprise, the inspection may last up to a day. Amongst the things analysed are building services, the building envelope and the production process.

  2. Company-specific efficiency measures

    Based on the information from the energy check-up, the EnAW consultant suggests appropriate efficiency measures. The measures are guided by the cost effectiveness principle. The company decides when to implement which measures.

  3. Concluding a target agreement

    Based on the measures catalogue, the company management and the EnAW consultant determine how much energy and CO₂ the establishment should save. The savings target is written into a target agreement. The duration of the target agreement under the SME model is ten years and it lays out the efficiency targets for each individual year.

  4. Implementing the measures

    The enterprise itself implements the measures step by step. The EnAW's SME consultant is on hand to provide help and advice.

  5. Annual monitoring

    Each year it is verified whether the agreed target has been met. The enterprise documents its own energy consumption and the measures taken in a simple, web-based tool.

  6. EnAW label «CO₂ & kWh reduced»

    If the outcome is positive, the enterprise receives the EnAW label«CO₂ & kWh reduced».