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Plastics and rubber

Energy efficiency and carbon saving advice for the plastics and rubber sectors.

Plastics sector - carbon saving

All manufacturing companies are under pressure to cut costs and increase profits, and saving energy is one good way to meet this goal. There are many energy intensive sites which have changed their businesses to be more efficient 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.

Saving energy also improves environmental performance. It can help achieve ISO14001 and, by cutting carbon emissions and helping to combat climate change, demonstrates a degree of corporate social responsibility to stakeholders and a commitment to an overall sustainable approach.

See below for three areas to focus on for reducing energy in the plastics and rubber sector.

Motors and drives: these use almost two thirds of the electricity consumed by UK industry. Efficiency is critical - the cost of running a motor for a year can be ten times what it cost to buy in the first place. Find advice to make your motors more energy efficient and reduce your bills. 

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. 

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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