In Spain, the partner responsible for implementing the INDUCE Methodology in the 5 Spanish pilot companies is CIRCE (Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption), with the support of the consortium partner FIAB (the Spanish Food and Drink Industries).
The training activities in the pilot companies were planned regarding different previous assessments that analysed the respective needs and expectations of each company in terms of energy, energy efficiency and an in relation to an Energy Management System. The situation of each of the five pilot companies in Spain was completely different, although their interest in energy was quite similar. In the case of this country, taking into account the Spanish regulations on Energy Audits (RD 56/2016), some of the companies, due to the fact that these regulations apply to them, were familiar with the framework of an Energy Audit, including the usefulness of ISO 50001, instead of the others where it did not apply to them and therefore had to be considered in the training. For this reason, not only was the method used in each company different, but also the topics to be covered were adapted to each circumstance.
The INDUCE Methodology has as its main objective to adapt all the knowledge transfer on energy efficiency considering behavioural, organizational, and cultural factors in order to determine the best way to carry out the different activities that allow to establish an energy culture in the company and to try to motivate the employees to act in a more sustainable manner. Energy is a high cost in their business, and companies noted the need to acquire good energy skills, as well as to increase awareness among their employees. They were interested in learning about possibilities and best practices that would enable them to reduce their energy consumption. All of these needs were identified through a pre-analysis, through an assessment of the company, which included different surveys, interviews and an energy assessment, and were then analysed to see how they could be satisfied.
Depending on the company, different sessions were organized and, depending on the target group within each company for each session and the number of participants, the sessions were conducted in different ways. In addition to the various master classes on technical aspects that apply to this sector, relating to energy efficiency in thermal and electrical processes, as well as in horizontal utilities, the top management of the company was actively involved in this training since the beginning, participating in specific training, workshops or role-playing. In all sessions, the participation of the employees, either individual or in groups, has been crucial, especially in the workshops where collaborative actions and discussions have allowed them to better understand and share their own ideas to improve energy efficiency.
The training of the INDUCE trainers kicked-off on the 25th of February 2020 in Spain. The first session took place in Madrid, at the FIAB headquarters, where 20 people attended, most of them technicians and consultants involved or related to the agri-food and food and beverage sector. During the day, the INDUCE project was presented, as well as the INDUCE methodology developed in the project, to carry out training in companies of the food and beverage sector, about energy efficiency, under the perspective of the Human Centered Design, adapting the training to the needs and expectations of the companies at cultural, organizational and energy level. Several examples of how CIRCE had carried out the training in the Spanish pilot companies within the project were also presented. The training of trainers will continue online in the coming weeks.