E2DRIVER - Training on energy audits as an Energy Efficiency DRIVER for the automotive sector

The E2DRIVER project is developing a capacity building programme for companies in automotive sector who want to improve their energy performance. The E2DRIVER project will develop a collaborative-cooperative training platform boosting the automotive sector collective intelligence on energy efficiency by making SMEs fully aware of the multiple benefits resulting from energy audits, while providing them with the required skills and information to implement their recommendations. The platform will provide access to training material, online lessons, guidelines, energy and financial tools, virtual reality modules and a community of key actors in the sector for SMEs to undergo energy audits and implement their recommendations. E2DRIVER training methodology and platform will be implemented in 12 pilots and 28 replication companies from the automotive sector, which will enable the implementation of 65 energy efficiency measures.


The automotive sector uses substantial amounts of energy (both electricity and fossil fuels) in the manufacture of its products. A small number of large original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and a tiered structure of suppliers dominated by a large number of SMEs, which consumes about 88-92% of the total energy required in the process, compose the automotive value chain.

E2DRIVER will provide through its platform a training methodology for enabling SMEs in the automotive sector to increase their capabilities regarding the implementation and monitoring of energy efficiency measures and to become aware of the importance of energy. E2DRIVER will also put in contact SMEs with external experts in the sector of energy as well as financing to tackle both financial and non-financial barriers and putting energy efficiency on the agenda in everyday routines.

E2DRIVER platform will be tested and validated in 40 companies from the automotive supply industry in four countries that represent over 50% of the EU employees in this sector: Spain, France, Italy and Germany. Moreover, a total of 60 trainers will be certified in E2DRIVER training methodology, which will ease the replication of the project results and the business consolidation of E2DRIVER platform.

E2DRIVER consortium includes three well-known research institutions with expertise in energyefficiency, social science and decision-making processes. In addition, a partner in charge of training at national level and an association as multiplier organization has been involved in every pilot country. Finally, this competitive consortium is complemented by two research oriented SMEs focussed on exploitation and dissemination issues.



The specific goals that will enable the achievement of E2DRIVER main objective include:

  • Goal 1: To identify needs, requirements and motivations in the automotive sector that could foster energy audits and to collect best practices and success cases on energy efficiency to transfer them to the project’s audience.
  • Goal 2: To implement a methodology for the development of customized training courses in the automotive companies by defining adaptive learning environments according to the trainees circumstantial requirements.
  • Goal 3: To set up cooperation networks on energy related issues in the automotive sector by developing E2DRIVER community and engaging the most relevant stakeholders.
  • Goal 4: To make available a hub where training materials and best practices will be continuously updated based on E2DRIVER trainers and the ontological flip teaching model integrated in E2DRIVER methodology.
  • Goal 5: To develop E2DRIVER platform, where all the project information together with tools for supporting automotive companies as well as innovative elements including virtual reality modules will be made available.
  • Goal 6: To unlock the implementation of about 65 energy efficiency measures, leveraging up to 13 GWh/year of savings, and triggering the execution of new energy audits in at least 40 SMEs.
  • Goal 7: To make automotive staff aware about the importance of energy audits in the overall performance of the company, leading to a change in the mind-set of all actors for the inclusion of energy efficiency in decision making.



June 2019 until May 2022


  • European Commission (H2020-LC-SC3-EE-2018)


  • CIRCE (Spain)
  • POLITO (Italy)
  • EPROPLAN (Germany)
  • SINERGIE (Italy)
  • ENGIE (France)
  • SERNAUTO (Italy)
  • AEN (Germany)
  • MESAP (Spain)
  • MOV'EO (France)
  • EPC (Germany)