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Approximately 10% of the electricity supplied to Australian industry is used to compress air.1 Many industrial businesses use compressed air to operate equipment such as hand tools, pumps, valve actuators, pistons and large-scale processes.

There is significant potential to save energy and improve the bottom line in this area. It can be achieved by reducing the need for compressed air services, optimising equipment and upgrading old systems. Typically, 20–50% energy savings are possible.2

For information on types of air compressors, see Technology Background – Compressed Air.


A good air compressor energy efficiency strategy relies on an integrated approach that incorporates the following opportunities:

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Case studies

Key resources

For more resources, see Resources – Compressed Air.

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  1. Sustainability Victoria (2009) Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guide: Compressed Air Systems Sustainability Victoria (Opens in a new window) PDF 1.58 MB
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2003) Improving Compressed Air System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry US Department of Energy (Opens in a new window) PDF 1 MB