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Energy Efficiency in the Supply Chains of the Aluminium Industry: The Cases of Five Products Made in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Energy Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6790-3867
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Energy Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0360-6019
2019 (English)In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 245-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Improved energy efficiency in supply chains can reduce both environmental impact and lifecycle costs, and thus becomes a competitive advantage in the work towards a sustainable global economy. Viewing the supply chain as a system provides the holistic perspective needed to avoid sub-optimal energy use. This article studies measures relating to technology and management that can increase energy efficiency in the supply chains of five aluminium products made in Sweden. Additionally, energy efficiency potentials related to the flows of material, energy, and knowledge between the actors in the supply chains are studied. Empirical data was collected using focus group interviews and one focus group per product was completed. The results show that there are several areas for potential energy efficiency improvement; for example, product design, communication and collaboration, transportation, and reduced material waste. Demands from other actors that can have direct or indirect effects on energy use in the supply chains were identified. Despite the fact that companies can save money through improved energy efficiency, demands from customers and the authorities would provide the additional incentives needed for companies to work harder to improve energy efficiency.

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Basel, Switzerland, 2019. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 245-
Keywords [en]
energy efficiency, aluminium industry, supply chains, primary aluminium, secondary aluminium, extrusion, foundry, rolling mill, demands, focus groups
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Energy Systems Environmental Management Metallurgy and Metallic Materials Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153903DOI: 10.3390/en12020245ISI: 000459743700046OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153903DiVA, id: diva2:1280462
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Increased energy efficiency in the supply chains of aluminium industry - a carbon neutral industry in 2050
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Swedish Energy Agency, 40552-1
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Funding agencies: Swedish Energy Agency [40552-1]; Linkoping University Library

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