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Metal and metal products

Energy efficiency and carbon saving advice for the metal and metal products sector.

Metals and metal products carbon saving

The high temperature industry is very energy intensive. Recent increases in energy prices have had a major impact on companies in this sector, so reducing energy consumption makes good business sense.

All industrial companies are under pressure to cut costs and increase profits, and saving energy is one good way to meet this goal. There are many sites which have changed in the last decade, and they continue to improve. Their success demonstrates that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions and save on energy costs.

See below for three areas to focus on for reducing energy in the metals and metal products sector.

Compressed air: by ensuring that compressed air systems run efficiently, you can save over 30% of the energy used. Find simple housekeeping tips and more detailed implementation advice to help you minimise waste.

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. 

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)
Process heating overview (CTV064)
Industrial process control overview (CTV063)

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