In 1999 the Chamber of Commerce (CCI) Nuremberg for Central Franconia started the EUREM initiative with the first practical training “Energy Manager (CCI)” in Germany. EUREM was developed between 2003 and 2005 as part of an EU project of the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce (lead), the German-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Lisbon (DUAL), The Energy Institute in London and the Economic Chamber Austria (WKÖ) in Vienna.
With EUREM.NET – Training and Network of European Energy Managers – an EU follow-up project – this training and networking program has been implemented in nine other EU countries between 2006 and 2009.
The first EUREM training sessions were held in Germany, Great Britain, Austria and Portugal in 2004 and in Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the Czech Republic in 2008 . Ten EUREM provider out of these thirteen countries have joined together in 2009 to create the EUREM consortium. The consortium was established to regularly carry out EUREM trainings and to spread the registered trademark EUREM worldwide even after the EU funding expires.
Since the energy Manager qualification is an effective measure of increasing energy efficiency in companies, the European Union promotes the introduction of EUREM in six other member or candidate countries from Southeast Europe. In May 2013 started the EU co-funded project EUREMplus which aims to establish the energy Manager training in Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus to help small and medium manufacturing companies to achieve more energy efficiency there. By finding partner institutions the EUREM training was customized to country-specific needs and the courses were introduced in their country. The new course providers were supported by EUREM partners from Germany (Nuremberg), Austria (Vienna) and the Czech Republic (Prague) and should continue the courses independently after a start-up phase. The first practical training have been successfully implemented. Even after the official end of the project the training providers continue to operate independently and responsibly in terms of sustainability.
The EU-Project EUREMplus extended the EUREM training network by six partner countries to a total of 30 states. The first courses attracted great interest in the respective countries companies, which resulted in over 100 freshly qualified energy Managers. The practical projects of the energy managers triggered investments around 48 million euros. The achieved annual energy savings amount to approximately 155,000 MWh and corresponds to a carbon dioxide saving of 83,000 tonnes per year. The EUREMplus project also promoted the networking and exchange of over 4,500 EUREM graduates to establish a globally networked community of energy efficiency experts.