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Sannö, A., Johansson, M., Thollander, P., Wollin, J. & Sjögren, B. (2019). Approaching Sustainable Energy Management Operations in a Multinational Industrial Corporation. Sustainability, 11(3), Article ID 754.
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2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 3, article id 754Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A large share of the energy efficiency improvement measures available for industrial companies remains unadopted due to the existence of various barriers to energy efficiency. One of the main means of overcoming barriers to energy efficiency is via energy management operations. The major parts of the published scientific papers have covered energy management on a company level or on a sector level. However, so far, the literature is scarce regarding empirical studies on energy management on a corporate level. With the aim of filling the research gap, the aim of this paper is to empirically assess the performance of an in-house energy management program adoption from the year of initiation and four years ahead in the multinational company Volvo CE. The paper was conducted as a case study including a participative approach, which has not previously been done in energy management research. This paper adds value, through complementing the existing literature on energy management on a factory or sector level, by highlighting the importance of leadership, speed of execution, and cultural transformation on a corporate level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
energy efficiency, key elements, corporate energy management, energy management program, industry, case study, sustainable energy management, participative approach
National Category
Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-154289 (URN)10.3390/su11030754 (DOI)000458929500199 ()2-s2.0-85061003116 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20110262
Note

Funding agencies: Knowledge Foundation (Stiftelsen for Kunskaps-och Kompetensutveckling) within the framework of the INNOFACTURE Research School; Malardalen University

Available from: 2019-02-01 Created: 2019-02-01 Last updated: 2019-03-08Bibliographically approved
Lawrence, A., Nehler, T., Andersson, E., Karlsson, M. & Thollander, P. (2019). Drivers, barriers and success factors for energy management in the Swedish pulp and paper industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 223, 67-82
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 223, p. 67-82Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research has revealed the existence of an energy-efficiency gap – the difference between optimal and actual energy end-use, suggesting that energy efficiency can be improved. Energy management (EnM) is a means for improving industrial energy efficiency. However, due to various barriers, the full potential of EnM is not realised. Several studies have addressed drivers and barriers to energy efficiency but few to EnM. This study aims to identify EnM practices, the most important perceived drivers and barriers for EnM, and relations among them in the energy-intensive Swedish pulp and paper industry (PPI), which has the longest experience internationally of practising EnM systems, and has worked according to the standards since 2004. Our results show that, altogether, the PPI works regularly and continuously with EnM, with a clear division of responsibilities. The highest maturity for EnM practices was for energy policy, followed by organization, investments, and performance measurement. The study also shows that communication between middle management and operations personnel has potential for improvement. The most important categories of drivers were economic, whereas for barriers they were organizational. Nevertheless, knowledge-related barriers and drivers were amongst the most important, suggesting that the absorptive capacity for energy issues could be improved.

Keywords
Barriers, Drivers, Success factors, Energy management, Energy efficiency, Pulp and paper industry
National Category
Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156271 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.143 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-04-10 Created: 2019-04-10 Last updated: 2019-04-12
Lawrence, A., Karlsson, M., Nehler, T. & Thollander, P. (2019). Effects of monetary investment, payback time and firm characteristics on electricity saving in energy-intensive industry. Applied Energy, 240, 499-512
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effects of monetary investment, payback time and firm characteristics on electricity saving in energy-intensive industry
2019 (English)In: Applied Energy, ISSN 0306-2619, E-ISSN 1872-9118, Vol. 240, p. 499-512Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our study looked at the extent to which firm characteristics such as total firm capital affect electricity saving in energy-intensive industry in Sweden from 2007 to 2015. Specifically, the most influential variables for systematic variation in electricity saving in the energy-intensive companies participating in Sweden’s voluntary programme for improving energy efficiency in energy-intensive industry (the PFE) were studied by analysing monetary investment, payback time and firm characteristics. Monetary investment and payback time influenced electricity savings during the PFE more than firm characteristics, with monetary investment being most influential. Nevertheless, the total systematic variation in firm characteristics may account for ∼16% of the systematic variation in electricity saving, where ∼74% (32 of 43) of the studied firm characteristics seemed to merit further investigation and where ∼49% (21 of 43) of firm characteristics appeared most influential. The most influential firm characteristics were total firm capital, stock turnover ratio, machinery, short-term liabilities per turnover ratio and goodwill. The overall results showed that firm characteristics can influence a firm’s energy-saving activities and indicated a tendency for more energy savings in companies that were financially weaker or had done less work to improve energy efficiency prior to the PFE.

Keywords
Energy efficiency, Energy saving, Energy intensive industry, Energy management, Firm characteristics, Voluntary agreement
National Category
Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156280 (URN)10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.02.060 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-04-11 Created: 2019-04-11 Last updated: 2019-04-12
Thollander, P., Karlsson, M., Rohdin, P. & Rosenqvist, J. (2019). Energieffektivisering: Energikartläggning, energiledning och styrmedel (1:1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
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2019 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Effektiv energianvändning i svensk tillverkningsindustri är en nyckelfaktor för att svenska företag, branscher och industrin som helhet även fortsättningsvis ska vara konkurrenskraftiga på en global marknad med knappare resurser. Denna bok är ett led i den riktningen.



Boken är uppdelad i tre delar: Del I har sin utgångspunkt i energi­effektiviseringsgapet och fokuserar på energikartläggning och energieffektivisering av företag, framför allt ur ett tekniskt perspektiv. Del II har sin utgångspunkt i energiledningsgapet och fokuserar på energiledning samt hinder och incitament för energieffektivisering i svensk tillverkningsindustri. Del III har sin utgångspunkt i styrmedelsgapet och inriktas mot styrmedel för energieffektivisering och hur dessa kan designas, implementeras och utvärderas. 


De två första delarna riktar sig framför allt till studenter vid svenska läro­­säten samt till energi- och miljöansvariga, teknikkonsulter, kommunala tillsynstjänstemän och andra offentliga aktörer vid exempelvis regionala energikontor. Del III riktar sig i första hand till aktörer som administrerar och ansvarar för styrmedel på nationell, regional och lokal nivå. Denna del kan även vara till nytta för koncerner som vill ta ett helhetsgrepp på energifrågan samt till företag som vill minska energianvändningens negativa miljöpåverkan i hela värdekedjan, inklusive underleverantörer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. p. 248 Edition: 1:1
Keywords
Energikartläggning, energiledning, styrmedel, industri, energianvändning, hinder och drivkrafter, energiprogram, enhetsprocess, energilära
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156662 (URN)9789144092478 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-06 Created: 2019-05-06 Last updated: 2019-05-06Bibliographically approved
Thollander, P., Palm, J. & Hedbrant, J. (2019). Energy Efficiency as a Wicked Problem. Sustainability, 11(6), Article ID 1569.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Energy Efficiency as a Wicked Problem
2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 6, article id 1569Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Together with increased shares of renewable energy supply, improved energy efficiency is the foremost means of mitigating climate change. However, the energy efficiency potential is far from being realized, which is commonly explained by the existence of various barriers to energy efficiency. Initially mentioned by Churchman, the term “wicked problems” became established in the 1970s, meaning a kind of problem that has a resistance to resolution because of incomplete, contradictory, or changing requirements. In the academic literature, wicked problems have later served as a critical model in the understanding of various challenges related to society, such as for example climate change mitigation. This aim of this paper is to analyze how the perspective of wicked problems can contribute to an enhanced understanding of improved energy efficiency. The paper draws examples from the manufacturing sector. Results indicate that standalone technology improvements as well as energy management and energy policy programs giving emphasis to standalone technology improvements may not represent a stronger form of a wicked problem as such. Rather, it seems to be the actual decision-making process involving values among the decision makers as well as the level of needed knowledge involved in decision-making that give rise to the “wickedness”. The analysis shows that wicked problems arise in socio-technical settings involving several components such as technology, systems, institutions, and people, which make post-normal science a needed approach.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
Energy policy; energy management; wicked problem; energy management system; industry; energy efficiency
National Category
Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156486 (URN)10.3390/su11061569 (DOI)000465613000064 ()2-s2.0-85063477107 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-04-23 Created: 2019-04-23 Last updated: 2019-06-04Bibliographically approved
Andersson, E., Karlsson, M., Thollander, P. & Paramonova, S. (2018). Energy end-use and efficiency potentials among Swedish industrial small and medium-sized enterprises - A dataset analysis from the national energy audit program. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, 93, 165-177
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Energy end-use and efficiency potentials among Swedish industrial small and medium-sized enterprises - A dataset analysis from the national energy audit program
2018 (English)In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 93, p. 165-177Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Improving energy efficiency in industry is recognized as one of the most vital activities for the mitigation of climate change. Consequently, policy initiatives from governments addressing both energy-intensive and small and medium-sized industry have been enacted. In this paper, the energy end-use and the energy efficiency potential among industrial small and medium-sized companies participating in the Swedish Energy Audit Program are reviewed. The three manufacturing industries of wood and cork, food products and metal products (excluding machinery and equipment) are studied. A unique categorization of their production processes energy end-use is presented, the results of which show that the amount of energy used in various categories of production processes differ between these industries. This applies to support processes as well, highlighting the problem of generalizing results without available bottom-up energy end-use data. In addition, a calculation of conservation supply curves for measures related to production processes is presented, showing that there still remains energy saving potential among companies participating in the Swedish Energy Audit Program. However, relevant data in the database used from the Swedish Energy Audit Program is lacking which limits the conclusions that can be drawn from the conservation supply curves. This study highlights the need to develop energy policy programs delivering high-quality data. This paper contributes to a further understanding of the intricate matters of industrial energy end-use and energy efficiency measures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2018
Keywords
Energy end-use; Conservation supply curves; Energy efficiency; Industrial energy efficiency; Energy efficiency measures
National Category
Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-151181 (URN)10.1016/j.rser.2018.05.037 (DOI)000440966900013 ()
Note

Funding Agencies|Swedish Environmental Protection Agency [802-0082-17]; Swedish Energy Agency [40537-1]

Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2019-06-12
Schulze, M., Nehler, H., Ottosson, M. & Thollander, P. (2016). Energy management in industry: a systematic review of previous findings and an integrative conceptual framework. Journal of Cleaner Production, 112(5), 3692-3708
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 112, no 5, p. 3692-3708Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current research points to a large energy efficiency potential in industry which is still left unexploited. One of the most promising means of reducing energy consumption and related energy costs is implementing an energy management. This paper provides a systematic review of existing academic journal publications on energy management in industry. Five essential key elements of an energy management based on overarching themes are identified within the body of literature (strategy/planning, implementation/operation, controlling, organization and culture) and the specific findings relating to each key element are synthesized. Subsequently a conceptual framework of an energy management is developed which illustrates that a comprehensive approach is necessary in order to effectively exploit the existing energy efficiency potential. Finally implications for further research are described.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Energy management; Energy management system; Conceptual framework; Energy efficiency; Industry; Systematic literature review
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123416 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.06.060 (DOI)000368207500010 ()
Projects
Energy Management in the Swedish Pulp and Paper Industry
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, P40491-1
Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2017-12-01
Thollander, P., Kimura, O., Wakabayashi, M. & Rohdin, P. (2015). A review of industrial energy and climate policies in Japan and Sweden with emphasis towards SMEs. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, 50, 504-512
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A review of industrial energy and climate policies in Japan and Sweden with emphasis towards SMEs
2015 (English)In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 50, p. 504-512Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The threat of increased global warming resulting from the use of fossil fuels stresses decision-makers to formulate and adopt policies towards different sectors of the economy. In light of the great earthquake in Japan 2011, energy efficiency also plays an important role in meeting the challenge of power supply shortage. Energy policies towards industry are of particular importance as a major part of the energy in the economy is used in industrial production. The number of papers investigating and presenting experience from energy end-use policies are scarce. Furthermore, for those present, they often only include a very brief analysis. From a public point of view, evaluations of energy programs are of major importance to measure the performance of the programs. From an energy policy designer point of view, it is of major importance to not only see the cost-effectiveness of the policy but also to understand the fundamental mechanisms for the success or failure of an industrial energy program, in order to learn how to improve future programs. The aim of this paper is to present a review of energy end-use policy instrument in Japan and Sweden towards the industrial sector from 1990 to 2014, with special emphasis on industrial SMEs. From the results presented some general-conclusions can be made, (1) results show that the cost-effectiveness differs substantially between the evaluated programs, and (2) that from a governmental point of view, subsidies towards energy audit programs seem like the most cost-effective policy. In addition to this (3) the results from the review also stress the importance of a clear strategy for every energy program on how the program is going to be evaluated, ex-ante or ex-post, and how the performance of the program is to be measured. This structure should be included from the start of the program. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015
Keywords
Energy end-use; Policy instrument; Industry; SME; Energy efficiency
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121094 (URN)10.1016/j.rser.2015.04.102 (DOI)000358968000036 ()
Note

Funding Agencies|Scholarship Foundation for Studies of Japanese Society; Environmental Policy Office; Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau of METI; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan; Swedish Energy Agency [35488-1]

Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Blomqvist, E. & Thollander, P. (2015). An integrated dataset of energy efficiency measures published as linked open data. Energy Efficiency, 8(6), 1125-1147
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2015 (English)In: Energy Efficiency, ISSN 1570-646X, E-ISSN 1570-6478, Vol. 8, no 6, p. 1125-1147Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite an extensive energy efficiency potential, measures are sometimes not adopted due to barriers, such as lack of information. An integrated database of available energy efficiency measures, which has not existed previously, is one step towards overcoming such barriers. To address this, we present a dataset (i.e., data-base) integrating energy efficiency data from Sweden (from the Swedish Energy Agency) and the USA (from the Department of Energys Industrial Assessment Centers), and publishing the data on the Web, using standardized Web languages and following the principles and best practices of so-called linked data. Additionally, several demonstration interfaces to access the data are provided, in order to show the potential of the result. These are entirely novel results, since this is the first dataset we are aware of that publishes this type of data using linked data principles and standards, thus integrating data from entirely different sources making them jointly searchable and reusable. Our results show that such data integration is possible, and that the integrated dataset has several benefits for different categories of users, e.g., supporting industry and energy efficiency auditors in overcoming the information barrier for investment in energy efficiency measures, and supporting application developers to more easily integrate such data into support tools for energy efficiency assessment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SPRINGER, 2015
Keywords
Energy efficiency audit; Energy efficiency improvement; Energy efficiency data; Linked data
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123781 (URN)10.1007/s12053-015-9341-7 (DOI)000365421800007 ()
Note

Funding Agencies|Swedish Energy Agency

Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2018-01-10
Palm, J. & Thollander, P. (2015). An interdisciplinary perspective on industrial energy efficiency. In: Jonas Anshelm, Kajsa Ellegård, Jenny Palm, Harald Rohracher (Ed.), Socio-technical perspectives on sustainable energy systems: (pp. 169-186). Linköping: Linköping University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An interdisciplinary perspective on industrial energy efficiency
2015 (English)In: Socio-technical perspectives on sustainable energy systems / [ed] Jonas Anshelm, Kajsa Ellegård, Jenny Palm, Harald Rohracher, Linköping: Linköping University , 2015, p. 169-186Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University, 2015
Series
Linköping studies in technology and social change ; 2
Keywords
Energisparande, Industri
National Category
Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118923 (URN)978-91-7519-104-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-05 Created: 2015-06-05 Last updated: 2015-06-22Bibliographically approved
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