SME Climate professional

A climate action sectoral pilot offers free advice for butchers, bakers, hairdressers, pharmacies and car maintenance and repair services.
Sustainable business practices and climate action activities offer industry vast energy-saving potential and the opportunity to contribute to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. To enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from available energy-saving models, the SME Climate Professional project (Klimaprofi für den Mittelstand) was launched to target specific industry sectors and segments in a specially-designed pilot scheme.
Project information
Support programme 
Project leader 
Der Mittelstandsverbund - ZGV e.V.
Project duration 
01. Feb. 2016 to 31. Jan. 2019
Project funding reference number: 
Grant sum 
2.082.455 €
  • Climate professional with measuring device
    © Der Mittelstandsverbund

At a glance

The SME Climate Professional project (Klimaprofi für den Mittelstand) provides free climate action advice to help small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing climate action activities. In a special training programme, climate managers are trained to identify energy-saving potential in the companies in which they work and then assist in the implementation of appropriate measures. The project is part of Germany’s National Climate Initiative (NCI) and is funded by the Federal Environment Ministry.


The project supports the goals of the NCI: by means of 250 different climate action activities, carbon emissions are to be cut by some 8,200 tonnes.

Project schedule

In the first project phase, a training programme is developed to train climate managers and climate action advisers are given in-depth training. In a second phase, climate action consultations are conducted in SMEs in the five pilot industry sectors. Following an on-site consultation and energy audit in which initial advice is given, the audit results are analysed and evaluated, and the findings are used to develop a climate action report containing measures for optimisation. These are presented and explained in a second on-site visit. The business owner uses the report to decide which optimisation measures to implement and then works with their climate action manager to introduce necessary change.


Initial experience regarding acceptance of the SME advisory service is expected once the project has been up and running for a period of one year. The approach will then be adapted and modified as needed. It is also expected that a large number of SMEs will make use of the climate action advice and will implement efficiency measures. The experience gained will be used to develop recommendations and guidelines for the respective industry sectors. Once the project has been completed, a detailed final report will be produced. Annual interim reports will document the progress made and supplement the reporting process.

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