Photo of many pipe lines in an industrial plantWhy be energy efficient?

With energy contributing significantly to operational costs in the chemicals and plastics sector, investment in energy efficiency can make a significant difference to the bottom line.

Capturing and reusing heat generated in the production process, combined with equipment upgrades and process innovation, are examples of how a higher level of energy efficiency can improve profitability and market competitiveness.

Opportunities

There are several energy efficiency strategies to reduce costs in the chemical and plastics sector. These include the following:

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Case studies

Key resources

Key sub-sector resources

  • Energy-Efficiency Improvement and Cost-Saving Opportunities for the Pharmaceutical Industry 2006 (Opens in a new window)
    • Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • PDF 440 KB

    Developed by the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, this research provides information on energy-efficiency opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry. It was developed for energy and plant managers as part of the Energy Star program.

    Specific energy savings measures are described for a range of technologies including motor systems, compressed air systems, refrigeration and fume hoods. Typical payback periods and references to further information in the technical literature are also provided where available.

  • Energy-Efficiency Improvement and Cost-Saving Opportunities for the Petrochemical Industry 2008 (Opens in a new window)
    • Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • PDF 1.8 MB

    Developed by the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, this research provides information on energy-efficiency opportunities in the petrochemical industry for energy and plant managers as part of the Energy Star program.

    Specific energy-savings measures are described for a range of technologies including steam systems, furnaces, electric motors, compressed air systems and process specific energy-efficiency measures. Typical payback periods and references to further information in the technical literature are also provided, where available.