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Manufacturing Energy Efficiency

Energy savings and best practice for the small to medium sized businesses in the manufacturing sector


Although the manufacturing sector is diverse, there are some common areas where energy is wasted. These include industrial buildings (including space heating and lighting), compressed air, motors and drives, industrial process heating (including drying) and cooling.

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Manufacturing overview guide

Published November 2018

Manufacturing is any activity that transforms materials into new products. In the UK, it is a diverse sector, including food production, textiles, furniture, paper, chemicals, rubber and plastic products, glass, metals and metal products, transport equipment and electrical goods.

This 26 page guide outlines energy cost saving ideas relevant to all small to medium sized manufacturing companies across all industry sectors. It is aimed at production and engineering managers and business leaders in manufacturing. It lists straightforward, low-cost measures as well as investment opportunities, which might require specialist advice and assistance.

Some manufacturing companies treat energy bills as a fixed cost. However, by taking a positive and proactive approach to energy efficiency, manufacturing companies can control and reduce their energy spend. All manufacturers are under pressure to cut costs and increase profits, and saving energy is one good way to meet this goal.

Furthermore, by participating in Climate Change Agreements (CCAs), most of the manufacturing sector is
committed to achieving targets for energy saving. Saving energy also improves environmental performance. It can help achieve the environmental standards ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 and, by cutting carbon emissions and helping to combat climate change, it demonstrates a degree of corporate social responsibility to stakeholders.

Guide contents:

  • Energy consumption
  • Industrial buildings
    • Heating
    • Steam boilers and systems
    • Ventilation
    • Air conditioning
    • Lighting
    • Building fabric
  • Compressed air
  • Motors and drives
  • Process heating
  • Process cooling
  • Energy management
  • Action checklist
  • Your next steps

Publication date November 2018; Publication code CTV059 v2.

Information in this report was correct at the time of publication.

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Further information

The Carbon Trust has the following sector overview publications which may be more relevant to certain sub-sectors:

Energy efficiency support

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund offers energy efficiency support and energy assessments for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services for small to medium enterprises to find out how we can help.

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