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Ceramics, glass and cement

Energy saving advice for the ceramics, glass and cement sectors.

Ceramics, glass and cement industry

Making ceramics, glass and cement is a very energy intensive process. Recent increases in energy prices have had a major impact on companies in this sector, so reducing energy consumption makes good business sense.

The UK glass industry produces around 4 million tonnes of glass per year. Re-melting waste glass uses 25% less energy than making glass from raw materials - a good reason to recycle your waste glass containers.

The UK cement industry produces around 10 million tonnes of cement per year - about 90% of the total consumption in the UK. Since 1998, the industry's carbon emissions have been cut by 40% - saving 3.7 million tonnes of CO2.

To save energy, and improve the energy efficiency of your organisation there are three key areas of focus:

Process heating and drying: this comprises about 40% of the energy used in UK industry. Find out more easy ways you could save up to 10% of this energy - for example by maximising the throughput through high temperature processes (without compromising product quality) to minimise energy consumed per unit production.

Process controls: these help to maintain throughput, quality and energy efficiency. Find out how you can adopt best practices in process control to achieve energy savings of up to 15%. For example, using automatic (rather than manual) process controls wherever appropriate will minimise energy consumption.

Energy management: get buy-in for energy saving across all levels of the company, from appointing an energy manager and monitoring energy use, to developing an action plan and training staff.

Further guidance

High temperature industry sector overview (CTV011 / CTV056)

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