Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Industrial Energy Efficiency

About the project

Research activities are focused on improved energy efficiency in industrial end-users, with particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Principal Investigator:  Enrico Cagno

Researcher team: Andrea Trianni (EXT), Guido Micheli, Alessandra Neri

Funders: Multiple 

Duration: 2006 to date

Partners: Multiple

KEY RESEARCH QUESTIONS

Research activities are focused on improved energy efficiency in industrial end-users, with particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises:

  • Identify, classify and evaluate barriers for the adoption of specific energy-efficient technologies, with focus on ancillary systems (e.g., compressed air, motors, lighting system, HVAC);
  • Identify, classify and evaluate barriers for energy efficiency according to government, industry, ESCOs and stakeholders perspectives and along the energy efficiency supply chain;
  • Develop an innovative taxonomy for identifying and evaluating drivers to promote the adoption of energy-efficient technologies and management practices in industrial enterprises;
  • Identify and evaluate the roles of different players (e.g., government, technology suppliers, ESCOs) on promoting industrial energy efficiency;
  • Develop a structured characterization of energy management practices;
  • Structure a characterization of energy-efficient measures (e.g., motor systems, compressed air systems, …) and broad investigation of factors affecting their adoption;
  • Evaluate the effect of the energy efficiency supply chain on the adoption of energy efficiency measures in manufacturing enterprises and on their energy efficiency level;
  • Develop advanced methodologies for evaluating the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency measures;
  • Develop methodologies for energy audit and benchmarking, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Analyse smart metering projects;
  • Develop energy management assessment method for industrial companies, especially SMEs;
  • Explore benefits of learning networks for energy efficiency in industrial companies.

OUTPUTS & IMPACTS

  • IEA (International Energy Agency) Report on “Accelerating Energy Efficiency in SMEs”, 2015 (intellectual contributor).
  • Membership of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE), created by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), from 2017.
  • Membership of the Experts Committee of EEFIG (Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group), established by the European Commission Directorate – General for Energy (DG Energy) and by the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), from 2017.
  • Delegation for Italy (invited) at the IEA-IETS (International Energy Agency – Industrial Energy-related Technologies and Systems) within the Annex XIV on “Energy Efficiency in SMEs”, from 2011 to 2015.
  • Coordination of the Sustainable Manufacturing section of the Lombardy Energy CleanTech Cluster, from 2018.
  • Coordination of the Energy Saving section of the Lombardy Energy CleanTech Cluster, from 2014 to 2017.
  • Conception, design, implementation of a number of energy efficiency incentive and support programmes (Italy, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey, …)
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., Bertolotti D., Thollander P., Andresson E., “Energy Management: A Practice-based Assessment Model”, Applied Energy, 2018 (to appear).
  • Sa A., Thollander P., Cagno E., Rafiee M., “Assessing Swedish Foundries Energy Management Program”, doi:10.3390/en11102780, Energies, 11, 2780, 2018.
  • Cagno E., Neri A., Trianni A., “Broadening to Sustainability the Perspective of Industrial Decision-Makers on the Energy Efficiency Measures Adoption: Some Empirical Evidence”, DOI: 10.1007/s12053-018-9621-0, Energy Efficiency, 11, 1193–1210, 2018.
  • Cagno E., Micheli G.J.L., Di Foggia G., “Smart Metering Projects: How do they work? Framework and Evidence from European Cases”, DOI: 10.1108/IJESM-08-2017-0009, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 12(2), 244-264, 2018.
  • Cagno E., Trianni A., Spallina G., Marchesani F., “Drivers for Industrial Energy Efficiency: An Investigation among Manufacturing Medium-sized Enterprises”, DOI: 10.1007/s12053-016-9488-x, Energy Efficiency, 10, 855-869, 2017.
  • Sa A., Thollander P., Cagno E., “Assessing the Driving Factors for Energy Management Program Adoption”, DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.02.061, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 74, 538-547, 2017.
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., Marchesani F., Spallina G., “Classification of Drivers for Industrial Energy Efficiency and Effect on the Barriers Affecting the Investment Decision-Making Process”, DOI: 10.1007/s12053-016-9455-6, Energy Efficiency, 10, 199-215, 2017.
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., Farnè S., “Barriers, Drivers and Decision-making Process for Industrial Energy Efficiency: A Broad Study among Manufacturing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises”, doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.02.078, Applied Energy, 162, 1537–1551, 2016.
  • Sa A., Thollander P., Cagno E., “Industrial Energy Management Practices’ Gap Analysis”, doi: 10.4172/ier.10001222015, Innovative Energy & Research, 4(3): 122, 2015.
  • Cagno E., Trianni A., Abeelen C., Worrell E., Miggiano F., “Barriers and Drivers for Energy Efficiency: Different Perspectives from an Exploratory Study in the Netherlands”, doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2015.04.018, Energy Conversion and Management, 102, 26-38, 2015.
  • Thollander P., Paramonova S., Cornelis E.., Kimura O., Trianni A., Karlsson M., Cagno E., Morales I., Jimenez-Navarro J.P., “International Study on Energy End-Use Data among Industrial SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and Energy End-Use Efficiency Improvement Opportunities”, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.04.073, Journal of Cleaner Production, 104, 282-296, 2015.
  • Cagno E., Ramirez-Portilla A., Trianni A., “Linking Energy Efficiency and Innovation Practices: Empirical Evidence from the Foundry Sector”, doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.02.023, Energy Policy, 83, 240-256, 2015.
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., Nicosia M. “Compressed air systems: factors affecting the adoption of measures for improved efficiency”, ECEEE 2018, ISBN 978-91-983878-2-7, Berlin, Germany, June 11-13, 2018.
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., “Introduction to Panel 2: Sustainable production design and supply chain initiatives”, ECEEE 2018, ISBN 978-91-983878-2-7, Berlin, Germany, June 11-13, 2018.
  • Neri A., Trianni A., Cagno E., “Barriers to energy efficiency measures and the role of industrial sustainability”, ECEEE Industrial Efficiency 2016, ISBN: 978-91-980482-9-2, Berlin, Germany, September 12-14, 2016.
  •  Cagno E., Moschetta D., Trianni A., “Only Non-Energy Benefits when adopting an EEM? Cases from industry”, ECEEE Industrial Efficiency 2016, ISBN: 978-91-980482-9-2, Berlin, Germany, September 12-14, 2016.
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., “Introduction to Panel 2: Sustainable production design and supply chain initiatives”, ECEEE Industrial Efficiency 2016, ISBN: 978-91-980482-9-2, Berlin, Germany, September 12-14, 2016.
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., Moschetta D., “The Need for a New Approach in NEBs Classification”, ACEEE 2016 Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity, Sidney, Australia, February 24-26, 2016.
  • Cagno, E., Ramírez-Portilla, A., and Trianni, A. (2016) “Vinculando la eficiencia energética y las prácticas de innovación: Evidencia empírica del sector de la fundición”, 46º Congreso de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico de Monterrey, ISBN: 978-607-501-410-4, Monterrey, Mexico, January 20-22, 2016.
  • Sa A., Thollander P., Cagno E., “Characterization of Industrial Energy Management Practices – Ten case studies of Swedish Foundry”, Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference, Barcelona, Spain, November 1-4, 2015.
  • Sa A., Paramonova S., Thollander P., Cagno E., “Classification of Industrial Energy Management Practices. A Case Study of a Swedish Foundry”, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.311, ICAE 2015 – International Conference on Applied Energy, Energy Procedia, 75, 2581–2588, Abu Dhabi, UAE, ISSN 1876-6102, March 28-31, 2015.
  • Trianni A., Cagno E., “Diffusion of Motor Systems Energy Efficiency Measures: An Empirical Study within Italian Manufacturing SMEs”, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.302, ICAE 2015 – International Conference on Applied Energy, Energy Procedia, 75, 2569–2574, Abu Dhabi, UAE, ISSN 1876-6102, March 28-31, 2015.

FUNDERS

  • European Commission
  • Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico
  • Lombardy Region
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Industry and Agriculture of Como Varese, Lecco, Lodi, Pavia
  • Siemens
  • Schneider Electric
  • Confapi
  • Confartigianato

PARTNERS

EDSO (European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids) (BE), ENEA (IT),  RSE (IT), CNR-ISOF (IT), University of Linkoping (SV), University of Utrecht (NL), Technical University of Sydney (AUS), Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (F), University of Lugano (CH), Politecnico di Torino (IT), SUPSI (CH), Università Statale di Milano Bicocca (IT), CentroCOT (IT), Lombardy Energy CleanTech Cluster (IT), Fondazione del Politecnico di Milano (IT), EnergyLab Foundation (IT), Allgäu Initiative GbR (D), Provincia di Mantova (IT), Rhônalpénergie-Environnement (F), Indesit (IT), STMicroelectronics (IT), API Servizi Varese (IT), Business support centre Kranj (SL), Synopsis Consulting (IT), Meccano (IT), Elektro Gorenjska, podjetje za distribucijo električne energije (SL), Alter (IT), Benco (IT), B.A.U.M. Consult (D), Ferioli (IT),  CEIT (AT), Teknisol (IT), Consorzio Cetma(IT), STE (IT), Zabala (ES).

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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

International Part Time MBA

About the project

The research group TIRESIA focuses its studies on the phenomenon of social innovation, especially referring to technology-enabled ways of addressing social needs. TIRESIA built up a relevant experience in giving strategic consultancy in the definition of social impact indicators and in the social impact measurement, towards corporations, financial institutions, foundations, public administrations and third sector organizations.

Principal Investigators:  Mario Calderini, Irene Bengo

Researcher team:  Alice Borrello, Nicola Ballerini, Federico Bartolomucci, Debora Caloni, Veronica Chiodo, Claudio Di Benedetto, Denise Di Dio, Magali Fia, Francesco Gerli, Gabriele Guzzetti, Farah Nabil, Valentina Tosi, Rama KummithaMarika Arena, Giovanni Azzone, Laura Dell’Agostino, Andrea Flori, Giulia Piantoni

Funders: Multiple

Duration: 2013 – on going

Partners: Multiple

KEY RESEARCH QUESTIONS

The research group TIRESIA focuses its studies on the phenomenon of social innovation, especially referring to technology-enabled ways of addressing social needs. TIRESIA emphasises the importance of identifying models that are able to measure the real social return generated by the different social ecosystem actors. Tiresia investigated measurement systems that support interaction between the different players in the social ecosystem to assess and monitor social impact. Tiresia built up a relevant experience in giving strategic consultancy in the definition of social impact indicators and in the social impact measurement, towards corporations, financial institutions, foundations, public administrations and third sector organizations.

OUTPUTS & IMPACTS

Academic research; last scientific articles:

  •  BENGO, I. (2018). Debate: Impact measurement and social public procurement. Public Money & Management, 38(5), 391-392
  • CALDERINI, M. & FIA, M. (2018). “Hybrid organizations and governance issues: a focus on benefit corporations” presented at the EURAM Conference 2018 under the track “Rethinking the Form, Governance & Legal Constitution of Corporations: Theoretical Issues & Social Stakes” co-sponsored by the Strategic Interest groups (SIGs) Business for Society and Corporate Governance.
  • CALDERINI, M., CHIODO, V. & MICHELUCCI , F.V. (2018). The social impact investment race: toward an interpretative framework  European Business Review, Vol. 30 Issue: 1, pp.66-81
  • ARENA, M., BENGO, I., CALDERINI, M. & CHIODO, V. (2017). Unlocking finance for social tech start-ups: Is there a new opportunity space? Technological Forecasting and Social Change.  127, 154-165.
  • BENGO, I., CALDERINI, M. (2016). New development: Are social impact bonds (SIBs) viable in Italy? A new roadmap. Public Money & Management, 36(4), 303-306. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2016.1162999

Impact results; last articles on impact results:

  •  CHIODO, V. & GERLI F. (2018). “Domanda e offerta di capitale per l’impatto sociale:una lettura ecosistemica dell’impatto italiano” Impresa sociale 10/17
  • DIVENTERO’- Fondazione Bracco  (2018) “Risultati misurazione dell’impatto sociale generato dal progetto Diventerò”.

FUNDERS

  • Funds and Banks: Equiter, Intesa San Paolo, OltreVenture, Plus Value, Sefea Unicredit, Ubi Banca
  • Social Ventures: ActionAid, Fondazione Bracco, Fondazione Cariplo, Paideia, PerMicro, SpazioZeroSei, Gruppo CGM, Centro Medico Sant’Agostino
  • Institutions: Comune di Milano, Istituzioni Scolastiche, Ministero dello sviluppo Economico, Ministero degli affari Esteri, Ministero degli Affari Esteri, OECD

PARTNERS

  • Social Ventures: ActionAid, Fondazione Bracco, Fondazione Cariplo, Gruppo CGM, Valdocco
  • Institutions: Comune di Milano, Istituzioni Scolastiche, Ministero dello sviluppo Economico, Ministero degli affari Esteri, Ministero degli Affari Esteri, OECD
  • Academic: Università di Trento, Università di Bologna, Università di Napoli, Università di Torino, Università di Macerata, Università di Catanzaro, Università Bocconi, Università Cattolica

Knowledge

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#MIPexperience International Part Time MBA project work 9 Sep

The Project Work experience, an opportun ...

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#MIPexperience digital FLEXA International Part Time MBA skills assessment 2 Sep
#MIPexperience Alumni International Full Time MBA manager 5 Aug
#MIPexperience International Part Time MBA soft skills 29 Jul
#MIPexperience Bootcamp International Part Time MBA 22 Jul

Success Stories

Events

Oct

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h 18:30

MBA Online Presentation
International Flex EMBA (i-Flex)
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MIP’s Distance Learning EMBA: the Alumni’s perspective We are delighted to invite you to our next online presentation of the International Flex EMBA (i-Flex), the Distance Learning EMBA offered by our school, entirely delivered in English. Through this event, taking place on Thursday, Octobe ...

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