Valuing and Communicating Multiple Benefits of Energy-Efficiency Measures


European Commission, H2020 Programme

Zeitraum: März 2018 – März 2021

Short Description

The goal of the M-BENEFITS project is to train and build the capacity of energy-efficiency experts to evaluate all benefits (i.e. not only the energy-savings benefits) of measures. The focus is on energy-efficiency projects in the industrial and building/tertiary sector (i.e., industrial production sites, administrative and commercial buildings).
Such training and capacity building is necessary to enable energy professionals to communicate projects in strategic terms to companies' top management, thus increasing the attractiveness of energy projects and the likelihood for project implementation. This work in turn will contribute to reducing the energy-efficiency gap that has been identified by research.


The multiple benefits approach needed in order to successfully "sell" energy-efficiency projects in companies is illustrated below. This approach takes into account three pillars that are critical to upper managers when considering project investment: 1) contribution of energy-efficiency projects to cost reductions (apart from the energy cost), 2) the impact and improvement to value proposition, and 3) risk reduction. Projects that can contribute positively to value, risk reduction and cost reduction align with top management's interest.

The overarching objective of M-BENEFITS is therefore to provide energy experts with a set of tools to enable them apply the multiple benefits approach to evaluate and communicate the benefits of energy-efficiency in a way that resonates with a companies' needs and practices. Such tools would allow energy managers and practitioners to improve the business case of energy-efficiency projects. Thanks to this broader approach, the contacts and champions of projects in companies will cut across all company functions, including top management.

IREES Task in the project:

  • Co-lead of the implementation phase together with the Luzern University to demonstrate the use of the Multiple Benefits Tools in over 50 companies or sites across Europe for Energy Efficiency Investments
  • Accompanying evaluation during the implementation phase in order to improve the developed tools
  • Conduct training activities on multiple benefits tools and quantification in energy efficiency investments assessment for different stakeholders in Germany such as energy engineers, energy managers and energy consultants
  • Contribution to the development of multiple benefits tools for industry with scientific and empirical validation of the proposed methods



Scientific partners
Several academic partners with an applied research background will be responsible for the development of the methodological approaches and guidelines. The core partners are:

  • Fraunhofer ISI
  • University of Neuchatel
  • University of Oxford
  • Utrecht University

All four institutions have a long lasting track record of energy-efficiency in industry and services. Together they form the excellent academic basis of our project.

Implementation partners
Our experienced implementation partners in various countries carry out the training activities as well as the implementation of the toolkit. The implementation partners are:

  • Grazer Energieagentur (Austria)
  • IREES (Germany)
  • FIRE (Italy)
  • KAPE (Poland)
  • NTUA (Greece)
  • ISR (Portugal)
  • HSLU (Switzerland)

Dissemination Partners
Networking and spreading the findings from the project into practice is an essential step to ensure the impact of the project. The dissemination of the results as well as the stakeholder dialogue require an excellent track record in stakeholder and communication activities. Our dissemination partners are:

  • Borg & Co
  • eceee (as a linked third party to Borg & Co)
  • The Buildings Performance Institute BPIE

Together, they have excellent connections to all relevant stakeholders in politics, associations and industry.


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