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Energy saving advice for the chemicals sector.

Chemicals sector

The chemicals industry is the largest industrial user of energy in the UK, spending around £4 billion on energy and hydrocarbon feedstock in 2010. This represents around 30% of total industrial energy costs.

The extent of energy usage varies considerably within sub-sectors. For example, in the chlor-alkali sub-sector, energy represents as much as 50% of manufacturing costs, while a pharmaceutical business might expect energy costs to be under 5%

See below for three areas to focus on for reducing energy in the chemicals sector.

Boilers: find out how you can cut heating costs by up to 30% with advice on simple energy saving measures, upgrading and replacing equipment. For example, servicing your boiler regularly can save up to 10% on heating costs.

Compressed air: save energy by ensuring that compressed air systems run efficiently. Find and fix leaks: a 3mm hole in your compressed air system could cost more than £700 per year in wasted energy. Read more housekeeping tips and implementation advice to help you save up to 30% of the energy used.

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

Chemicals sector overview (CTV012 / CTV057)

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