Enabling Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to Become Leaders in Energy Efficiency Using a Continuous Maturity Matrix

Zarrin Fatima*, Virpi Oksman, Risto Lahdelma

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Abstract

SMEs play a crucial role in economies by providing large scale employment and contributing to much of the GDP. Despite their vital role, SMEs face a plethora of challenges, and often, the aspect of energy efficiency is overlooked. This paper conducted studies across Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Germany and devised an easy and ready-to-adopt approach to improve energy efficiency in SMEs. The new approach is based on a maturity matrix that supports continuous learning and development and provides expert recommendations on energy efficiency for SMEs around the world. The expert recommendations are based on a final score and aim to address the various challenges that SMEs face, such as limited access to knowledge and lack of awareness of energy efficiency. The approach may be easily adopted by any SME around the world.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10108
Number of pages22
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • sme
  • energy
  • people
  • behavior
  • maturity matrix
  • energy effciency

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