Energy efficiency for a sustainable industry: energy saving potential and impact of energy efficiency measures on economic performance and competitiveness of enterprises

Panel: 2. Sustainable production towards a circular economy

This is a peer-reviewed paper.

Corine Nsangwe Businge, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico SpA, Italy
Francesca Bazzocchi, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico SpA, Italy
Elena Gobbi, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico SpA, Italy
Claudio Zagano, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico SpA, Italy


Italian industry is responsible for nearly one third of domestic final energy consumption and therefore it has a fundamental role in achieving the compelling EU 2030 targets for greenhouse emissions and energy efficiency. Moreover Italian industry is facing the increasing competitiveness of emerging economies. Since energy and environmental externalities can affect even 50% of production costs, the carbon leakage risk is more real than ever and it threatens the ability of enterprises to survive in international markets.

In this challenging context, RSE is carrying out the project InduCO (Industry – energy Consumption – Optimization), which aims to investigate how energy efficiency can help industries to address virtuously energy performance, competitiveness and environmental impact.

The study is based on the analysis of over 2500 energy efficiency measures implemented in Italian industry in the last 10 years. The purpose is to identify the best practices and estimate the energy saving potential achievable by each industrial sector, according to technical feasibility and economic sustainability criteria. Finally the study investigates the impact of energy efficiency on economic performance and competitiveness of enterprises.

In this paper methodology and results of the study are presented for two energy intensive manufacturing sectors: paper and glass.


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