Young Energy Europe

The first phase of Young Energy Europe is completed. The successful work has been extended to four more countries (Croatia, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia) in the follow-up project Young Energy Europe 2.0.

Young Energy Europe improved the climate protection measures of companies in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Young professionals from a wide range of sectors have been trained as Energy Scouts and have contributed to monitoring and reducing energy consumption in their companies.


High energy and raw materials costs and increasing environmental awareness among customers and business partners along the supply chains have again caused many companies to focus more strongly on resource and energy efficiency.

For the first phase of the project, the German chambers of commerce abroad (AHKs) in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary and the Czech Republic were offered a training module for becoming an Energy Scout for the first time.


Source: Energy efficiency workshop with young employees. © SIHK Hagen


Training as an Energy Scout included a general introduction on how consumption of energy and resources impacts the global climate and how reducing consumption can help companies and the environment. Specifically, the training conveyed knowledge on how to use energy meters and how to interpret the relevant data. The Energy Scout teams primarily focused on the areas of lighting (29 projects), compressed air systems (21 projects), photovoltaics (12 projects) and system optimisation (10 projects).

Companies and Energy Scouts benefit equally from Young Energy Europe. The participating companies save costs in the long run through specific energy and resource savings in the practical projects and derive long-lasting benefits from their employees’ energy efficiency expertise. Young professionals benefit from cross-border knowledge exchange in the European Union and achieve valuable expertise.


The project in figures:

  • 339 young professionals from 135 companies were trained as Energy Scouts in four countries.
  • 143 tailor-made practical projects in companies were conceived.
  • 26,600 t in potential CO2 savings per year were identified in companies.

You can find more facts, background information and best practices in the brochure  Erfolgsfaktor Energy Scout (German) or Success Factor Energy Scouts (English).

Project information

Updated: August 2021

Countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary

Project duration: 11/17 - 03/21

Funding: 2,692,426 €

Target groups: Civil Society, Companies

Implementing organisation:
DIHK Service GmbH

Project Partners:
Deutsch-Bulgarische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Deutsch-Griechische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Deutsch-Tschechische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Deutsch-Ungarische Industrie- und Handelskammer, German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, German-Czech Chamber of Industry and Commerce, German-Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce, German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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