WP 1: Comparative analysis on competitiveness of SME working in the cross-border areas in Finland and Russia
Assessment of competitiveness and economic impact of SMEs in the Republic of Karelia and the Northern Ostrobothnia. Analysis of the present day situation with the SMEs’ energy consumption. Analysis of the legislation and standards regulating the energy-efficiency in Finland and Russia. Development scenario for SME using the energy-saving technologies in the territories targeted by the present project
WP 2: Energy efficiency checks
A number of SMEs from the pilot territories would be selected to participate in this work package and an authorized subcontractor will be selected for audit checks. Finally, energy audit checks will be performed in the selected SMEs
WP 3: Demonstration station
A small-scale demonstration station equipped with the relevant energy-saving devices and also energy meters could be a fantastic tool to educate the entrepreneurs on the value of energy conservation and provide SMEs with all the knowledge they need to positively modify the energy consumption – resulting in big savings on the power bills, increase of competitiveness, and a positive contribution to the environment
WP4: Training and consultancy for SMEs
A set of training materials, incl. a distance learning course, will be developed by the Finnish and Russian experts. The contents cover issues concerning energy saving potentials in the production, storage and logistics as well as potentials for technical equipment.
WP5: Open competition for SMEs to realize energy-efficient solutions
A competition to call for ideas in energy-efficient entrepreneurship will be launched offering investment in a small scale project in the target area using local resources.
WP 6: Information campaigns and best practices for SMEs
The campaigns will inform about the training opportunities, audit checks, but will also inform generally about the possibilities and potentials of becoming energy efficient.