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Industrial (Energy) Efficiency Technology Database

By July 26, 2018

Sectors currently covered by the Industrial Efficiency Technology Database include the following:

The chemical and petrochemical sector is the largest industrial energy consumer. Ammonia production is responsible for about 17% of the energy consumed in this sector. In 2004, the ammonia manufacturing industry consumed 5.6 EJ of fossil fuels, of which 2.7 EJ was for energy and 2.9 EJ for feedstock use.1 Although the energy use per tonne of ammonia has decreased by 30% over the last thirty years, adopting best available technologies (BAT) worldwide can further reduce energy use by 20-25%1, 2 and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 30%.2

Cement is a binding agent and is a key ingredient of the most used man-made material: concrete. The demand for cement is strongly correlated to the rate of economic development.

Iron and Steel
Iron and steel are key products for the global economy.

Pulp and Paper
The pulp and paper sector is a significant energy user and currently ranks fourth in the industrial sector for its energy use. In 2006, the sector consumed 6.7 EJ of energy, which represents 6% of global industrial energy use.

Over the past twenty years, glass demand has grown more quickly than GDP and is still growing at nearly 4% per year. About 0.5-0.8 EJ of energy is used for glass production worldwide, and the energy used in the production of container and flat glass results in emissions of about 50-60 Mt CO2 per year.1,2 With the adoption of best available technologies, energy efficiency of the sector can be improved by as much as 40% in developing countries and up to 35% in industrialized ones, collectively presenting an energy saving potential of around 0.6 EJ/year.3

Cross Sectoral Systems

There are a number of industrial systems. such as those related to motors and pumps, heating and cooling, and lighting, that are commonly applied across different sectors.  In this section, information about effciency measures applicable to such systems is provided. 

Motor Systems
More than 300 million motors are used in industry, large buildings and in infrastructure globally, and 30 million new electric motors are sold each year for industrial purposes alone. Electric motor driven systems (EMDSs) in industry are estimated to be responsible for approximately 29% of overall global, and 69% of industrial electricity consumption. Their energy costs are estimated to be USD 362 billion per year.

There are a number of guidelines aimed at helping companies to establish an effective EnMS - including those from the Australian Energy Efficiency Exchange (link is external), the Irish Sustainable Energy Authority (link is external), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (link is external), the United States Department of Energy (link is external) and the recent ISO 50000 series (link is external) of the International Standards Organization

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