1st EUSALP Energy Congress 2017

Energy efficiency in small and medium size enterprises: An opportunity for the energy model region EUSALP

In small and medium size enterprises there are significant energy savings potentials. While energy audits are mandatory for large companies based on the European Energy Efficiency Directive EU / 27/2012, the implementation of energy efficiency measures in SMEs remains voluntary. For this reason, policy makers and public administration play an important role in offering frameworks to make voluntary energy efficiency measures attractive to SMEs. They support SMEs in the planning and implementation of voluntary energy efficiency measures through support programs and initiatives. The 1st EUSALP Energy Congress, which takes place on 9th June 2017, approaches this issue. Representatives from politics, administration, business and science discuss the current political framework for energy efficiency promotion in small and medium-sized enterprises. Together, they are pitching ideas how the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region may support energy efficiency policies for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Alpine region thereby supporting the sustainability and attractiveness of the region.

The 1st EUSALP Energy Congress is organized by the Energy Agency South Tyrol - CasaClima. Since 2016, it has been the leader of EUSALP Action Group 9, whose task it is to make the Alpine region a model region for energy efficiency and renewable energies. The Congress is organized in the frame of the Alpine Space project AlpGov.

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme”


Event type Conference
Event number EK 1
Period of event
  • 09.06.2017 13:30 - 18:00
Place Bolzano (Bolzano)
Max. participants 120
Price Free of charge
Deadline for registration and payment 09.06.2017
Registration is closed.


Programme of the event


Dott. Arno Kompatscher - President of the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige since 2016 and the President of the Autonomous Province of Bozen/ Bolzano since 2014 and is a member of the South Tyrolean state parliament since 2013. Prior to 2013, he was mayor of the municipality of Völs, and President of the South Tyrolean association of municipalities and of the council of municipalities. Kompatscher studied law at the universities of Innsbruck and Padova

Dott. Herbert Dorfmann - Representative for the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol in the European Parliament since 2009. Before, Mr. Dorfmann studied agronomy and worked, among others, at the department for agriculture of the Chamber of Commerce in Bolzano, and as Director of the Südtiroler Bauernbund (South Tyrolean Farmers’ Association). In the European Parliament, he is a member of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development and a deputy member in the Committees for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, as well as for Economic and Monetary Affairs. He is a co-founder of the group “Friends of the EUSALP”.

Prof. Federico Testa - President of ENEA (Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo economico sostenibile) since 2016. Since 2014, he has been Commissioner of ENEA. In 2013, he presided the Scientific Committee of the Smart Energy Expo. He is head of the Business Administration Department of the University of Verona and Professor for Economics and Business Management, at the University of Verona. He researched extensively on the subject of processes in small and medium-sized enterprises. Federico Testa studied Business Economics at the University of Padua.

Dr. Rupert Pritzl - Works at the Bavarian State Ministry for Economy and Media, Energy and Technology, where he is responsible for the area of energy efficiency in enterprises/ energy efficiency networks at the department for renewable energies and energy efficiency. He has studied economics, romance studies and philosophy and has previously worked for the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs in the areas of foreign economy and medium-sized businesses, as well as in public affairs of Bayern LB and in the area of European Policy and International Relations at the Bavarian State Chancellery.

Mag. Petra Lackner - Works for the Austrian Energy Agency as a scientific collaborator for national and international projects, which aim at enhancing energy efficiency in enterprises since 2005. Since 2008, she has been responsible for the klimaaktiv programme “energy efficient enterprises” of the Austrian Ministry for environment, and since 2015, she has been head of the center for “Trade and Industry”. Lackner studied Environmental System Sciences and Business Administration at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz.

Leo Tiefenthaler - President of lvh/apa Association of Craftsmen and small enterprises and board member of the South Tyrolean business association SWREA.

Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Santa - Director of the Agency for Energy South Tyrol-CasaClima since 2012 and Leader of Action Group 9 “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies” of the EU Macro strategy for the Alpine Region since 2016. He studied computer engineering at the Technical University of Vienna and completed his PhD at the Institute for structural engineering at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Science, where he worked as a lecturer afterwards. From 2005 to 2009, he was responsible for the areas of informatics, telecommunication and telematics at Brennerautobahn AG in Trento.

  Title Speaker
13.30-14.00 Arrival and Registry of Participants
14.00-14.15 Welcome Address: EU Strategy for the Alpine Region Arno Kompatscher, President of the Autonomous Province of Bozen/ Bolzano
14.15-14.35 Energy efficiency in SME: Chance for the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament
14.35-14.55 Energy efficiency measures in SME from an economic perspective: Which reduction potentials exist?
Federico Testa, President ENEA, Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile
14.55-15.15 Energy efficiency measures for enterprises Gert Lanz, President lvh/apa Association of Craftsmen and small enterprises
15.15-15.35 Energy efficiency in small enterprises: Technical possibilities and challenges in the implementation Giovanni Sarti, CNA/SHV South Tyrolean Association of craftsmen and small enterprises
Coffee break
16.00-16.20 Bavarian energy efficiency network initiative (BEEN-i) – Chances for SME Rupert Pritzl, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology
16.20-16.40 Klimaaktiv energy efficient enterprises – the Austrian programme for the enhancement of energy efficiency in enterprises
Petra Lackner,
Austrian Energy Agency, program lead „energy efficient enterprises“
KlimaFactory: The Energy efficiency programme in South Tyrol
Ulrich Santa, director of the Agency for Energy South Tyrol – CasaClima, lead of EUSALP Action Group 9
17.00-18.00 Panel Discussion: How can the EU strategy for the Alpine Region contribute to the fostering of energy efficiency in SME?
18.00-19.30 Farewell and networking aperitif