Quantifying the extended energy efficiency gap: - evidence from Swedish electricity-intensive industries
2015 (English)In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 51, 472-483 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Energy efficiency is one of the major means of reducing CO2 emissions resulting from industrial use of energy. Both from a societal as well as business perspective it is of great importance to reduce industrial energy end use (EEU). The implementation of energy-efficient technologies as well as increased focus on energy management practices has been stated by previous research to be the two most important methods of improved industrial energy efficiency. To date, however, there are few (if any) studies that have analyzed the proportion of industrial energy savings that derive from implementation of new technology versus from continuous energy management practices. By analyzing substantial data from the Swedish PFE program this paper aims to quantify what previously has been referred to as the extended energy efficiency gap. Results show that about 61% of the analyzed 1254 energy efficiency measures are derived from the implementation of new technology, and the rest stems from management and operational measures. The results presented in this paper are of outmost importance for industrial energy managers and energy auditors as well as industrial associations and policy-makers in order to cost-effectively address these no-regret measures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 51, 472-483 p.
Energy management, Energy efficiency gap, Extended energy efficiency gap, PFE, Energy efficiency measures
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119842DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.06.012ISI: 000371000900032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119842DiVA: diva2:827325
FunderSwedish Energy Agency
Funding agencies: Swedish Energy Agency2015-06-262015-06-262016-04-05Bibliographically approved