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Industrial Efficiency 2020

14–17 September 2020
Digital event

See programme on public event platform here

Registered participants can log in to the event platform here. Access recorded presentations and forum discussions.

All abstracts, peer-reviewed papers and powerpoint presentations are available on the proceedings web site.

Presentations can also be viewed on eceee's YouTube channel.

IndustrialEfficiency 2020 - steel lady

Time is running out to avert catastrophic consequences from global warming. Following IPCC’s wake-up call, bold and decisive action is needed now. With a third of global final energy consumption, industry has a key role in the transition ahead. 

Regardless of the end-use sector, energy efficiency is key to decarbonisation, productivity gains, energy security, improved competitiveness and socio-economic benefits. Efficiency improvements also reduce costs associated with maintenance, production stand-still and insurance fees. And, importantly, this will have positive employment benefits throughout the economy.

Fast decarbonisation key challenge

The decarbonisation of industry presents a formidable challenge. In a few sectors, such as iron and steel, new carbon-free processes may lead to more electricity being used. Just going for renewables is not enough. By increasing efficiency across all sectors and end-uses we can free up resources to make this transition affordable and manageable.

Looking beyond carbon and energy

Industrial Efficiency 2020 explored current and emerging trends in industry, such as new business models, digitalisation, industry 4.0, the circular economy and resource efficiency, and discussed the significance of these trends for delivering decarbonisation. The multiple benefits of energy efficiency were of particular interest.

Six panels on accelerating the decarbonisation

All presentations by participants were based on an abstract submission for any of the following six panels (for a complete description of the panels and presentation of the panel leaders, see the panels and theme pages).

  • Policies and programmes to drive transformation
  • Sustainable production towards a circular economy
  • Energy management – in real life
  • Technology, processes and systems
  • Business models, finance and investment
  • Deep decarbonisation of industry

A vibrant and proud industry and harbour city

This event was planned to take place in Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden. It is a proud and vibrant industrial and harbour city, traditionally open to the rest of the world. It is the hometown of several of Sweden’s world-famous manufacturing companies such as Volvo and SKF.

Despite the event going digital, eceee kept working with Gothenburg-based Chalmers Industriteknik and Chalmers University of Technology. Chalmers Industriteknik is a consulting company in industrial energy, materials, design and circular economy with its roots in Chalmers University.

Compact format and mixed presentations

Formal panel presentations of either peer-reviewed papers or extended abstracts (without accompanying paper) were offered in two sessions mid-day to accommodate for participants in other time zones.

"New ideas, new contacts, rewarding ..."

"... many thought-provoking concepts introduced and good sharing of ideas."

"Excellent training and education facility."

Participants on the previous Industrial Efficiency events.

Great for networking

In 2018, evaluation respondents said …

  • – 93% made new contacts useful in their professional life.
  • – 88% learned something new they found useful in their work.
  • – 77% said their contacts at the event will lead to new collaborations.