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Increasing possibilities to enhance energy efficiency (press release), 29. March 2011
CCIS, Ljubljana, On today's conference titled "Recognising and encouraging energy excellence" the state and social policy on climate change till 2050, measures to encourage energy and environmental efficiency in the industrial sector and also state sector with tools available from various approaches were presented.
Lately the number of tools enabling systematic approach and management of environmental and energy business aspects has increased. On one hand international standards, which companies adhere to on a voluntary basis are available, while on the other EU directives dictate mandatory actions with regard to energy efficiency labelling of energy related products, energy efficient building and renovation, installation of systems to exploit renewable energy sources, ensuring building self-sufficiency and certificates/labelling of building energy efficiency.
Both voluntary standards and demands stemming from certain EU directives are no longer limited to the production process. Application of tools such as life-cycle-assessment, product eco-profile and environmental design ensure the evaluation of the complete product life cycle "from cradle to grave".
In the filed of voluntary management standards organisations may choose to supplement existing systems in according to ISO 14001 or EMAS with energy efficiency aspects or decide to introduce an independent energy management system in accordance with the EN 16001 standard.
Special attention at the conference was devoted to carbon footprints. This is one of the newest environmental initiatives i.e. "a fashion trend", isolating and highlighting one individual environmental aspect relevant to the effect of the product or service on global warming. The carbon footprint or global warming potential is just one of the aspects which must be considered during the product life-cycle. Conference participants warned against such a partial approach as it disregards other environmental aspects, which may be more or less important for a product or product group.
The conference was organised by the CCIS under the framework of activities being conducted within the EEN project »GREEN« »GReening business through the Enterprise Europe Network«. GREEN is centred on SMEs operating in the food production sector and the construction material sector. The goal of the project is to expand "green entrepreneurship" optimizing the existing potential of environmental products and services in participating regions. The partners are associated in the consortium are from Italy (lead coordinator), Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.