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Five thematic panels to take us beyond energy efficiency

Regardless of the sector, energy efficiency is key to productivity, energy security, job creation and lower carbon intensity. In addition, we are now increasingly focusing on the needs for total resource efficiency in a circular economy. Industrial Efficiency 2016 in Berlin brings energy efficiency into the context of all these challenges.

In a time of global financial turmoil, shaky markets, volatile energy prices and increasing urgency of climate change, it is crucial to improve the resilience of the industry sector by making it more efficient and productive. This is important not only to maintain or secure a stable position in the market, but also to contribute to sustainable development. Increased focus on energy efficiency can not only control fuel costs, it can also help increasing quality of production and reducing non-energy costs associated with maintenance, production stand still and insurance fees. And this will have positive employment benefits.

New production technologies and digitalisation, such as 3D printing, offers challenges as well as vast opportunities.

Industrial Efficiency 2016 covers all types of industry, from manufacturing and food processing to heavy process industry. It covers large companies as well as SMEs.

The five panels

See programme of panel presentations here.

Panel 1. Policies and programmes
Panel leaders: Lea Gynther, Motiva Oy, Finland & Barbara Schlomann, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

Panel 2. Sustainable production design and supply chain initiatives
Panel leaders: Andrea Trianni & Enrico Cagno, Politecnico di Milano, Dept. Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Italy.

Panel 3. Energy management: the nuts and bolts
Panel leaders: Erik Gudbjerg, YourEnergy, Denmark & Liam McLaughlin, GEN Europe, Ireland

Panel 4. Technology, products and systems
Panel leaders: Paula Fonseca, ISR-University of Coimbra, Portugal & Sotirios Karellas, National Technical University of Athens – School of Mechanical Engineering, Greece

Panel 5. Business models and financing: established practice and innovative approaches
Panel leaders: Bettina Dorendorf, KfW, Germany, Roman Doubrava, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy, Unit C.3. – Energy Efficiency, & Eva Hoos, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy, Unit C.3. – Energy Efficiency