When announcing the energy transition, Germany decided to switch the country’s power supply to renewables. Efficient use of energy is key to the success of the energy transition and the competitiveness of businesses. Equally important for the success of the energy transition is its wide acceptance by all stakeholders in politics, business and society.
The SME Initiative Energy Transition and Climate Protection (Mittelstandsinitiative Energiewende und Klimaschutz) supports the German SME sector in implementing the energy transition. It aims at exploring the energy saving potential in companies and improving their energy efficiency. The German SME Initiative Energy Transition and Climate Protection invites companies for a dialogue by offering information and training as well as concrete assistance and by providing them with local contacts.
The SME Initiative Energy Transition and Climate Protection is a joint project of the German Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy and the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. DIHK and ZDH are the umbrella organizations of the 79 Chambers of Commerce and Industry and 53 Chambers of Crafts. They are the local contacts, consultants and service providers for all German companies.
Stakeholders of the SME Initiative Energy Transition and Climate Protection are the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the seven environmental protection centres of skilled crafts enterprises and the Heinz-Piest Institute for Craftsmanship and Technology at the Leibniz University of Hannover. Together with local companies and businesses they are committed to implementation on the ground. In addition, they support the further development of the SME Initiative with their expertise.
The joint initiative was initially launched on the 10th of October 2012 as SME Initiative Energy Turnaround.