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Barriers to and Drivers for Improved Energy Efficiency in the Swedish Aluminium Industry and Aluminium Casting Foundries
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: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 7, article id 2043Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Industrial energy efficiency is important for reducing CO2 emissions and could be a competitive advantage for companies because it can reduce costs. However, cost-effective energy efficiency measures are not always implemented because there are barriers inhibiting their implementation. Drivers for energy efficiency could provide means for overcoming these barriers. The aim of this article was to study the importance of different barriers to and drivers for improved energy efficiency in the Swedish aluminium industry and foundries that cast aluminium. Additionally, the perceived usefulness of different information sources on energy efficiency measures was studied. The data were collected through a questionnaire covering 39 barriers and 48 drivers, divided into different categories. Both the aluminium and foundry industries considered technological and economic barriers as the most important categories. The most important category of drivers for the aluminium industry was organisational drivers, while the foundries rated economic drivers as the most important. Colleagues within the company, the company group and sector, and the trade organisation were considered the most useful information sources. Important factors for driving work with improved energy efficiency included access to knowledge within the company, having a culture within the company promoting energy efficiency, and networking within the sector. The policy implications identified included energy labelling of production equipment, the law on energy audit in large companies and subsidy for energy audits in small- and medium-sized companies, voluntary agreements that included long-term energy strategies, increased taxes to improve the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency measures, and EUs Emission Trading System.

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Basel, Switzerland, 2019. Vol. 11, no 7, article id 2043
Keywords [en]
aluminium industry, foundry industry, energy efficiency, barriers, drivers, driving forces, information sources, questionnaire
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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-156237DOI: 10.3390/su11072043ISI: 000466551600220OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156237DiVA, id: diva2:1303224
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Ökad energieffektivitet aluminiumindustrins värdekedjor – en klimatneutral bransch år 2050
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Swedish Energy Agency, 40552-1
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Funding agencies:  Swedish Energy Agency [40552-1]; Linkoping University Library

Available from: 2019-04-09 Created: 2019-04-09 Last updated: 2019-07-01

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