Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI)

Corporate Energy and Resource Efficiency

Opportunities to save energy and resources exist in almost every business. The EBRD helps its clients to identify these opportunities, turn them into economically viable projects and develop long-term investment programmes for the efficient use of energy and other resources.

The EBRD works with clients from project identification and in all steps through to project implementation. Initial support comprises a review of the client’s business strategy and a donor funded energy audit. Energy and resource efficiency audits help companies’ senior management identify profitable energy efficiency opportunities in their operations.

During project design, specialists will prepare technical and economic feasibility studies. Working closely with the client’s operational staff they also define priority energy and resource efficiency investments. The EBRD’s banking teams then help with the development of a financial plan.

Clients in various sectors have invested in improving the use of energy and resources in their operations. In industries with high energy consumption, projects focus on modernising manufacturing operations, creating capacity for on-site energy generation, or finding ways to capture and re-use process heat and waste products.

In the agribusiness sector, projects centre on process integration of fermenters, dryer upgrades and conversion from batch to continuous operations with enhanced automation. Significant opportunities also lie in the use of agriculture and process residuals to generate energy, recover water and extract valuable chemicals.

Investments in advanced thermal insulation, low-emission glazing, efficient lighting, and the automation and control of building services have helped clients in all sectors to improve the way they use resources.

In all industries the EBRD puts a focus on reducing materials input and waste streams through re-use and recycling.