Boosting industrial energy efficiency across countries

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Manufacturing is an important part of any country's economy, and in most countries the industrial sector is the largest consumer of energy. This means that it's never been more important for manufacturers to increase their energy productivity – not only will it help them stay in line with their competitors, it can reduce costs and improve that country's environmental footprint.
A recent report on the Green Biz website explored how this can be done, and why implementing effective energy management systems in industrial facilities is such a good idea.
Energy productivity is the opposite of energy intensity, the article explains, and is measured as production per unit of energy consumed. This figure is highest in Europe and OECD Asia, where it's approximately 35% above the global average. But despite the US industrial sector accounting for nearly a third (31%) of its primary energy use, energy productivity here is much lower – around 25%.
There are a number of reasons why energy productivity differs so greatly between countries. For example, the use of coal in China's chemical industry lowers its energy productivity, as does the age of production facilities in the US paper industry.
But these factors aside, there are still many ways that gains can be made in energy productivity. According to an article called The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency, these four components should lead any company's energy strategy:
  • Making continual operational improvements
  • Ensuring effective maintenance of equipment to reduce energy wastage
  • Making engineered improvements, such as new additions, modifications and upgrades, to improve energy efficiency
  • Implementing energy-efficient new technologies.
Crucial to making these pillars work, however, is creating a work culture that's committed to energy efficiency and implementing an energy management system to analyse, manage and reduce energy usage.
These systems are gaining more and more attention from industry experts as a cost-effective way to reduce energy usage and waste, lower greenhouse emissions and improve energy security. They provide the necessary platform to identify energy-saving opportunities, and ensure continuing growth and improvement.
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