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Promoting energy conservation in small and medium-sized companies

: Brand, M.; Gruber, E.

Energy policy 19 (1991), No.3, pp.279-287
ISSN: 0301-4215
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
Energieeinsparung; Energiepolitik; energy conservation; energy policy; kleine und mittlere Unternehmen; kleines und mittleres Unternehmen; rationelle Energienutzung; small and medium-sized enterprise

To avoid the risk of global warming, energy conservation becomes more and more important. In small and medium-sized firms there are still many obstacles to using all profitable energy-saving investments and organizational measures. In a recent study, detailed technical analyses in eight branches as well as indepth interviews and a broad telephone survey with firms were carried out. As a conclusion, a bundle of activities is suggested to overcome the obstacles. Above all, motivation of company managers, improved energy consultation, use of the multiplicator function of the association and a stronger engagement of the state and the utilities are needed.