Title Personalised Sustainability Coaching for SMEs - PeSCoS
Project Number 510344-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
PeSCoS will be a personalised training system for SMEs to be able to eliminate their unsustainable ways and embrace new, greener habits. The aim is to offer personalised training to SMEs on the amount of carbon, energy, euros and other resources they expend through hundreds of choices and daily actions in an effort to diminish their negative impact on the earth. Following the completion of the training, SMEs will have a personalised unsustainable ways withdrawal plan.
The PeSCoS training system will be geared to small and medium businesses looking to save money, be less harmful to the environment and create a "strong environmental brand ethos" amongst customers and staff.
The PeSCoS training system will offer businesses practical advice for cutting down energy and water usage and reduce their environmental impact.
At the core of the PeSCoS training system will be a carbon footprint calculator capable of utilising regionally specific datasets reflecting the types of energy, money and other resources businesses consume because of their choices and operational ways.
The information that the SMEs will input to the system (post code to determine location and utilise the appropriate regional data, recycling system, heat system, etc.) will be used to classify their business by the footprint calculator. Then, the system will generate a personalised plan for the business to gradually reduce its negative impact on the environment. At the same time, the system will generate a personalised training course for the SME to learn how to complete successfully the plan.
The process will start by calculating the current carbon footprint and producing a detailed report comprising all the appropriate actions that will turn the business greener. The actions will be divided into categories such as the ones below:
• Simple actions that can be implemented immediately without requiring an investment;
• Simple actions that can be implemented immediately, but require an investment;
• Actions that have prerequisites (other actions need to be implemented first), but require no investment;
• Actions that have prerequisites and require an investment.
Each action will be explained in detail, it will include a time plan and cost estimate (if applicable) for its implementation and a detailed description of the associated reduction in energy consumption or otherwise and costs.
The SME will be prompted to select the actions that they wish to implement and the time frame for the implementation indicating the size of the business and whether cost or total return on investment is more important. Based on the input, the system will determine the level of commitment of the SME and the optimal path based on the specific characteristics and generate the appropriate plan and the course that will educate the SME on how to apply the plan.
PeSCoS strategy is to reach its target audience (SMEs) mostly by going though influential institutional intermediaries, especially utilities, which can reduce overall energy consumption and possibly avoid having to build new power plants by offering the training system to their customers.
The PeSCoS project concerns the implementation of a personalised training system for SMEs to be able to eliminate their unsustainable ways and embrace new, greener habits.
The aim is to offer personalised training to SMEs on the amount of carbon, energy, Euros and other resources they expend through hundreds of choices and daily actions in an effort to diminish their negative impact on the earth.
Following the completion of the PeSCoS training, SMEs will have a personalised unsustainable ways withdrawal plan.
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
program or curricula
The major products of the project are:
• the sustainability auditing, needs analysis and the unsustainable ways withdrawal planning;
• the development of the training material;
• the implementation of the PeSCoS training system;
• the pilot operation and assessment of the project;
• the dissemination and exploitation of the project results.