SESEC - Sustainable Energy Saving for the European Clothing Industry
Project for Sustainable Energy Saving for the European Clothing Industry; planned actions are energy audits,energy benchmarks, identification of energy savings areas and energy-efficiency self-assessment tool; training activities.
Background With the IEE programme (Intelligent Energy Europe) the European Commission promotes the energy-efficiency and the rational use of resources. Based on industry-expressed ideas, EURATEX presented in May 2011 a project proposal for an IEE innovation-project specifically tailored for the European Clothing industry. Selected in November 2011, the project, SESEC, kicks off on 28th March 2012 in Brussels (IEE/11/827/SI2.615931 - SESEC).
Objectives • To develop, test and offer an Energy Efficiency tool for clothing production, made up of guidelines and web-based applications, suitable for SMEs and large companies; • To maximise the project impact, by transferring its results to the sector through EURATEX members and interested companies; • To offer training and support to companies to implement energy-saving measures considering cost-effectiveness; • In the mid-term, to improve opportunities for energy-efficiency for the whole European clothing industry.
Implementation Over its 30 months duration the SESEC project plans actions in several European counties according to 4 major phases: • 4/2012 - 1/2013, State-of-the-art analysis and similar initiatives evaluation, energy audits at company premises focused on product-groups, energy benchmarks set up; • 11/2012 - 1/2014, identification of energy savings areas and methodology, a webbased energy-efficiency self-assessment tool (development, test and completion) for companies; • 8/2013 - 7/2014, training kit development and training activities for companies; • 4/2012 - 7/2014, communication, stakeholders involvement and results promotion.
Collaborations Collaboration opportunities can be discussed and take place throughout the SESEC project and include: energy audits at company premises (autumn – winter 2012); data collection and tools testing (2013); training activities set up and energy-efficiency events organizations (2nd half 2013 – 1st half 2014); participation in results evaluation and project strategic steering.