Designing energy policies for swedish non-energy-intensive and small-and medium-sized manufacturing industries
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics, ISSN 1054-853X, Vol. 16, no 4, 371-379 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Since the early 1990s, industrial energy end-use policy activity in Sweden has been scarce, in particular towards small- and medium-sized industrial enterprises (SMEs) and non-energy-intensive manufacturers. While the other Nordic states have taken considerable actions towards the industrial sector, Sweden has not. Rising electricity prices in Sweden and the Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive (ESD), among other things, address the need for the Swedish authorities to design and adopt energy policies towards the non-energy-intensive and SME industrial sectors. This chapter aims to explore this by discussing plausible policy solutions, based on current research on barriers to energy efficiency and industrial energy programs. Initially, results from the three available Swedish studies on barriers to energy efficiency for these sectors are outlined. Then, a few examples of successful and less successful actions towards the industry and in particular SMEs are presented and finally, a discussion is held regarding plausible energy end-use polices, based on the presented research. In conclusion, a highly useful approach towards non-energy-intensive manufacturers and SMEs in particular is to provide energy audits free of charge and involve the local authority energy consultants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 16, no 4, 371-379 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21250OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21250DiVA: diva2:241026