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Achieving Excellence in Energy Efficiency

By Alan P. Rossiter, Rossiter & Associates Beth Jones, LyondellBasell (ret.) |

In today’s environmentally conscious world, industrial energy management is increasingly recognized as an essential business practice and economic necessity, rather than an on-again, off-again activity driven by energy prices and geopolitical crises. In this article, we examine the key elements of excellence in energy efficiency, and explore ways of pursuing energy excellence. Four main types of opportunities provide the savings: operational improvements, effective maintenance, engineered improvements and new technologies. We include experience from several companies in the chemical process industries (CPI) that have made great strides in raising efficiency and reducing energy consumption. To support and maintain an effective energy-management system, it is important for CPI companies to establish a corporate culture that expects energy efficiency, motivates its employees, provides the organizational structure to facilitate savings, and develops the tools to achieve efficiency. Energy efficiency only improves when both processes and human behaviors change. Here, the “processes” include both physical plant and business processes. Management versus efficiency In some companies, the concept of “energy management” focuses primarily…
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