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Energy management practices in Swedish energy-intensive industries
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Energy Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 18, no 12, 1125-1133 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies point out a large (untapped) potential for energy efficiency in industry through the adoption of energy management practices. The aim of this paper is to describe and analyze energy management practices in two different Swedish energy-intensive industries: the pulp and paper industry and the foundry industry. The results show that one third of the studied mills and about two fifths of the studied foundries do not allocate energy costs by means of sub-metering, which probably contributes to reinforce the split incentive problem. Moreover, about one fifth of the mills and about half of the foundries lack a long-term energy strategy. The results also show that only about 40% and 25% respectively of the studied mills and foundries may be categorized as successful when it comes to energy management practices. If energy management is not fully prioritized even in energy-intensive industries - such as the studied foundry and pulp- and paper industry it will, in all probability, not be prioritized in less energy-intensive industrial sectors or countries either, indicating a large untapped potential in regard to cleaner, more environmentally sound, production in the industrial sector.

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Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. , 2010. Vol. 18, no 12, 1125-1133 p.
Keyword [en]
Energy management practices; Energy efficiency gap; Pulp and paper industry; Foundry industry; Split incentives; Principal agent relationship; Information imperfections; Information asymmetries
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58226DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.04.011ISI: 000279648700001OAI: diva2:338054
Original Publication: Patrik Thollander and Mikael Ottosson, Energy management practices in Swedish energy-intensive industries, 2010, Journal of Cleaner Production, (18), 12, 1125-1133. Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-09 Last updated: 2010-08-16

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