Saudi programme successfully curbs industrial energy consumption

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An energy efficiency initiative in Saudi Arabia has been successful in its efforts to curb the high energy consumption of the country's industrial sector between 2011 and 2015, the Arab News website reports.
The success of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) was down to determining the level of energy consumption, and limiting the burden of energy-intensive industries such as iron, cement and petrochemicals.
In the cement industry, energy consumption fell by 3% against an estimated 26% growth in production; meanwhile, the petrochemical industry saw consumption decrease by 2%, even with production levels growing by 6%.
Measures undertaken as part of the programme included a mechanism to improve energy efficiency of facilities and equipment in the three key industries, and requesting that factories achieve goals for improving the efficiency of both new and existing factories by the end of 2019.
A monitoring mechanism was also established to verify the compliance of new and existing factories with the standards put in place by a total of 11 government bodies.
As a result of these efforts, 42 industrial companies agreed to commit to and implement the goals and requirements of the SEEP, to achieve 9% energy savings by 2019, compared to 2011 levels.
The industrial sector accounts for more than 40% of domestic energy consumption in Saudi Arabia, the article notes, with the combined iron, cement and petrochemicals industries making up 85% of that total amount.
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