Financing and realising energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in industry

Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Why is TrustEE focused on SMEs?

As major contributors to Europe's economy, SMEs demand a significant amount of process energy. While European industry has cut energy intensity significantly since 2000, SMEs face challenges investing in energy efficiency and renewable projects, including:

  • Limited human and financial resources
  • Reduced access to capital and financing, and
  • Perceived/real risks.(5)


Share of SMEs (% total) for select industry sectors (1)

Sector# of Enterprises# of EmployeesValue added
Industry average 99.0 57.1 42.3
Mining & quarrying 99.2 81.1 74.8
Food & beverage 99.1 63.0 47.1
Textiles 99.2 71.5 72.3
Pulp & paper 97.3 53.4 41.5


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