The 5th International Conference for European EnergyManager (EUREM) was held on 14/15. May at the Chamber of Commerce Austria (WKÖ) in Vienna. Around 200 energy experts from industrial enterprises, medium-sized companies, energy suppliers and energy service companies from home and abroad came together to learn about the current trends in efficient energy management and exchange their experiences.

In twelve thematically wide fanned workshops coaches and EnergyManagers presented worth energy efficiency projects which are profitable in an energetical and economical way. The energy managers who have acquired a certificate according to an international standard, have one main task: to develop projects that save the operator money through avoided energy costs. Partly this is even achieved with payback durations between 1 – 2 years.

A currently debated conference topic was the development of energy management systems related to a tax relief in the energy sector. More and more companies are perparing or have already initiated this system. Another brand new trend is the use of photovoltaic for internal power production.

The classic energy efficiency topics this year have once again been the recovery of process heat, the revision of outdated air pressure systems and the modernization of the lighting systems. For the first time mobility concepts of enterprises and thermal and energetic renovation of corporate buildings were presented during the conference.

The EUREM Award ceremony for outstanding operational energy efficiency projects was once again the highlight of the entire conference . This year’s winners were determined in a voting process based on nominations from the course providers. The Award winners are from Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Finland and, for the first time, Chile. They are situated in small, medium and large companies.

The EUREM program is certainly up to date, shown by the current data: The global network has 4,000 members in 27 countries. Every project implemented by an EnergyManager saves an average of 400 MWh / year, or about 30,000 Euro  energy costs per year.