Energy efficiency in industry is rising towards the top of the EU and the Member States/Associated Countries agendas for several compelling reasons. Among others are economic reasons, such as unstable energy prices and reliability of supply; environmental reasons, i.e. the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and intergovernmental reasons, as the industrial sector is becoming a frequent target of recommendations for international action.
Despite relevant efforts in terms of innovative technologies and legislative and regulatory frameworks to enable the transition in the industrial sector, the potential for energy efficiency remains significant. There are many opportunities for energy savings, and thus, reduced environmental impact.
The EU Industrial Strategy of May 2021 sets out an approach to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient, and globally competitive economy in Europe. This strategy includes supporting industries towards climate neutrality, outlining that reducing emissions across the sector will depend on an ‘energy efficiency first’ principle and a secure and sufficient supply of low-carbon energy at competitive prices.
In line with this context, the general objectives of the Joint Programme EEIP consist in:
A close dialogue and collaboration with industry associations, industrial companies, and technology producers will be crucial within the above stated general objectives.
Since 2015, the activities of the EERA JP EEIP have focused on processes in Energy Intensive Industries. Other JP research activities are targeted to the Manufacturing Industry and Agro-food Industrial Processes.
We are a partner of the SET-Plan Implementation Working Group 6 – focusing on Energy Efficiency in Industry. The IWG6 is structured around six Thematic Groups (Heating and cooling, System Integration, Cement, Chemical, Iron & Steel and Pulp & Paper).