EUSALP Energy Congress 2017

Meeting topic: 

Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium Enterprises - A chance 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.

Registration EUSALP Energy Congress 2017

Participation in the congress is free of charge. The target audience of the congress are policymakers, public authorities/energy agencies, stakeholders and persons interested in the macro strategy for the Alpine region. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please use the online registration form and send it in by June 2, 2017.

Online registration (in German language)

Online registration (in Italian language)







Arrival and Registry of Participants




Welcome Address

The EU Macrostrategy for the Alpine Region

Arno Kompatscher, President oft he Autonomous Province of Bozen/ Bolzano


Herbert Dorfmann, Member oft he European Parliament



Energy efficiency in SME: Chance for the EU Macrostrategy for the Alpine Region

DG Regio (invited)


Instruments for the enhancement of energy efficiency in SME in the Alpine Area   


DG Energy (invited)




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



Designing energy efficiency measures for enterprises

Leo Tiefenthaler, President South Tyrolean Economy  Südtiroler economy association and President oft he South Tyrolean farmers‘ association


Claudio Corrarati, coordinator Rete Economia and presidentund CNA/SHV South Tyrolean Association of craftsmen and small enterprises



Coffee break



Bavarian energy efficiency network initiative (BEEN-i) – Chances for SME

Rupert Pritzl, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology



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


Panel Discussion: How can the EU Macrostrategy for the Alpine Region contribute to the fostering of energy efficiency in SME?




Arno Kompatscher

President of the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige since 2016 and President of the Autonomous Province of Bozen/ Bolzano since 2014. 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 as well as of the council of municipalities. Kompatscher studied law at the universities of Innsbruck and Padova.

Dott. Richard Theiner

Deputy President and county commissioner for Spatial Development, Environment and Energy in South Tyrol since 2013. Studied law in Bologna. From 1995 to 1998, he has been vice-mayor of the community of Latsch and since 1998, Theiner has been a member of the South Tyrolean state parliament. Theiner has been responsible for the resorts of health and social issues from 2003 to 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he has been county commissioner for Family, health and social issues and was re-elected in 2013.

Herbert Dorfmann

Member of 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”.

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, department for renewable energies and energy efficiency where he is responsible for the area of energy efficiency in enterprises/ energy efficiency networks. 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.

Giovanni Sarti

Architect, dealing with the issue of increasing energy efficiency since the 1980s. Has organized various seminars and courses regarding this issue, among others with the focus on buildings, renewable energy facilities and energy savings. Has coordinated, amongst others, the realisation of 12 multistory building complexes, where more than 200 enterprises are located now. Sarti is a member of the consortium of APE (Aziende per l’Energia) and contact person for the group on the acquirement of electric energy for enterprises.

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 University of Graz.

Gert Lanz

President of the lvh.apa economic association for handicraft and service providers, which deals with the concerns of South Tyrolean craftsmen. Studied business informatics in Vienna. Took over the family-run company “Lanz Metall GmbH” in 1996, which focuses on the planning and conduction of metal and glass construction projects and offers innovative project solutions.

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.  

Camera di Comercio, via Alto Adige 60, I-39100 Bolzano/Bozen, 2nd floor