Energy efficiency in industry is rising toward the top of EU and MS agendas for a number of compelling reasons that are essentially economic (inter alia, unstable energy prices and reliability of supply), environmental (need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions) and intergovernmental (being more and more target of recommendations for international action). Despite relevant efforts deployed both in terms of innovation technologies and legislative and regulatory frameworks in enabling it, the full potential for energy efficiency in the industrial sector still remains significant: many opportunities for energy savings and thus reduced environmental impact continue to exist.

General objectives

  1. assessing the existing industrial processes within the sectors selected with the intention to contribute to a implementation of more efficient technologies and solutions (partially or completely, depending on the case);
  2. proposing advanced concepts and designs to reduce energy consumption, operation and maintenance costs, to improve the environmental footprint, the characteristics and the amount of the products being equal or improved;
  3. verifying the viability and the affordability of proposed solutions through concrete demonstration projects.

Within these general objectives close dialogue and collaboration with industrial associations, industrial companies and technology producers will be important.

Sub-programmes

  1. Energy Intensive Industries, CIRCE (ES)
  2. Manufacturing Industry, Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (DE)
  3. Agro-food Industrial Processes, ENEA (IT)

UK Representation

The UK involvement is being led by Prof. Tony Roskilly of Newcastle University. Please contact Prof. Roskilly or Michael Weston for more information and to get involved.