Background and objectives
The European automotive industry ranks among the largest energy consumers worldwide. With an annual growth rate of 4.3% and a global market share of 20%, the sector is essential to the effort to revamp global energy use. In the industry’s complex manufacturing supply chains, small- and medium-scale auto parts suppliers consume about 90% of the total energy in production processes.
The contribution of automotive SMEs to efficient energy use is vital. Yet their awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency is still lacking. E2DRIVER sets out to change that.
The importance of energy efficiency and the potential of capacity building has been explored in several European projects. The projects INDUCE and M-BENEFITS focus on the advantages of energy saving, where the former uses a human-centred approach to develop capacity building programmes in energy efficiency together with SMEs. Other projects, such as DRIVES and ENERINVEST, rely on networks to unleash human capital potentials in sustainable energy investments. E2DRIVER unites all these frameworks to bring about the most effective energy efficiency improvements in a major industry that is the automotive sector.
The goal of E2DRIVER is to train SMEs in the automotive sector on energy auditing and energy saving measures for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. To overcome the lack of knowledge, skills and awareness prevalent in the industry, the project’s integrative approach aims to boost capacity building programmes on energy auditing by establishing an innovative learning platform.
The learning platform puts people at the centre through a creative training methodology. The hallmark of this methodology is the adaptation of training materials and energy self-assessment tools to each trainee’s needs and motivations (adaptive learning environment). In addition, peer trainers will take centre stage as they generate own knowledge on energy efficiency and share it with their co-workers (ontological-flip teaching).