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eceee industrial summer study – eceee introduces new Summer Study to be held 2012

(07 Dec 11) eceee is happy to introduce its first Summer Study on energy efficiency in industry, to be held in the Netherlands 11–14 September 2012. After almost 20 years of very successful and growing cross-sector biennial energy efficiency Summer Studies, eceee now believes it is the time to launch a summer study devoted specifically to energy efficiency in industry.

"Go to Industry Summer Study page and call for papers"

Economically sound, energy efficient industries are key to maintaining and developing the industrial production base in old and newly industrialised economies. The energy and climate gains are large as well: the industry sector accounts for about one third of energy consumption in the EU and the share is similar in other industrialised economies.

In a time of global financial turmoil and shaky markets, 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 to increase quality of production and reduce non-energy costs associated with maintenance, production stand still and insurance fees. And this will have positive employment benefits.

The eceee Summer Study on energy efficiency in industry is inspired by eceee’s traditional Summer Studies (see the recent conference evaluation) – as well as the ACEEE’s US-based Summer Study on energy efficiency in industry. The conference covers all types of industry, from production and food processing to heavy process industry. The eceee industrial Summer Study will be held over three and a half days and is expected to attract industry, energy service companies, policymakers, academia, NGOs and other professionals in energy efficiency. They will meet in the stimulating informal setting that is the trademark of eceee’s Summer Studies.

Where and when?

Papendal Hotel and Conference Centre in the Netherlands, 11 – 14 September 2012. The Centre is located on the site of the Papendal National Sport Centre in Arnhem, a training ground for many Dutch olympic teams.

Format of the industrial energy efficiency Summer Study

Just like the traditional eceee Summer Study, the industry Summer Study will offer a mix of formal presentations in parallel panel sessions, plenaries, informal sessions, poster presentations and, of course, round the clock networking.

Those familiar with our Summer Studies will notice a few innovations: There will be the possibility to pre-book informal sessions, but these will be held in a “power-point free zone”. Special emphasis will be placed on the quality of posters to make them a true complement to the presentations of papers in parallel sessions.

Presenting at the Summer Study

The call for papers will be announced shortly. Abstracts are due mid-February, so you should start thinking about your paper now.

Peer reviewed papers will be presented in 6 panels. Acceptance of posters will be based on abstracts received.

The thematic panels are presented below.

Become a sponsor

eceee welcomes partners and sponsors. A number of options are available. Please contact eceee for more information: eceee@eceee.org

Spread the word!

The conference needs abstracts and attendance to become a success. Please help spread the word on this conference within your own networks. If you want to receive more information about this conference, or if you know of anyone else who should do so, just send us the contact information: eceee@eceee.org

The six thematic panels

1. Programmes to promote industrial energy efficiency

National & regional (or state) programmes have the benefit of short lines between policymakers, implementers and industry. What types of programmes have been implemented to encourage industry to improve its energy efficiency levels? What are the results of these programmes, what lessons learned can be shared and what would be the advice to other economies? Are the programmes primarily aimed at energy, environment, or is economic recovery and job creation equally important?  In this panel, examples from all over the globe are welcome. This panel includes policy measures such as Long Term Agreements, other voluntary programmes and mandatory programmes.

2. Sustainable production design and supply chain initiatives

Energy efficiency experts often have a very narrow focus on energy efficiency in a given enterprise. Often that’s their strength. But the best results can often be achieved if the design of sustainable production is done not in one production unit, but in the whole product chain. Extending the design to materials (including water) with concepts like cradle to cradle (including CEN TC 350) can be far superior to the focused energy approach. We invite studies on both theoretical production design and practical production. Papers dealing with non-energy benefits will be of interest in this panel.

3. Matching policies and drivers: Policies and Directives to drive industrial efficiency

The EU Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 is very ambitious. Making it happen will take an immense effort. This panel is looking at the effects of the different Directives and policies that have been in place so far, and that have had an impact on the industrial sector. What can we learn from monitoring & evaluation of Directives like ETS, CHP, Ecodesign and ESD? And what may we expect from the Lead Market Initiative, SET Plan, and the 2050 Roadmap? How do they influence industry and its energy efficiency and CO2 goals?

What lessons can be learned for the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 and does it have the potential to reach the 20% savings target in 2020? What will be the biggest barriers to implementing measures?

4.  Undertaking high impact actions: The role of technology and systems optimisation

Evidence from implemented national and international programs shows that, while efficient components may bring about gains in the range of 2 – 5 %, systems optimization measures can attain average efficiency gains of 20 – 30 % with a payback period of less than two years. Figures by IEA and others indicate that R&D budgets of the private sector at least equal those of the public sector. Although not all information will be publicly available there are good examples of results of research that can have a broader impact. On both specific techniques and more general topics (like insulation or ICT) we welcome papers on this topic. The discussion on extended product approach within the EU ecodesign context is highly relevant here. Examples of PPP’s also belong in this panel, as do papers on market barriers for technology. The non-energy benefits of increased efficiency are highly relevant, for instance through increased safety, increased reliability and reduced insurance costs.

5. The role of energy management systems, education, outreach and training

Being energy efficient is often a question of know-how. Programs that target energy management or energy audits in SMEs, for example, involve training and targeted knowledge transfer to companies. While important in large companies, these issues are particularly important for SMEs. We welcome papers that contain information on good training and outreach projects as well as those discussing national and international energy and environmental management standards.

6. The role of financing to improve industrial efficiency, global perspective

Recognition of energy efficiency as a powerful tool to cut operating costs, improve the economy and reduce environmental pollution has never been greater; yet, the implementation of energy efficiency measures is slow to materialise. Once the necessary legal and regulatory environments, including availability of information, are in place, the single greatest reason for this slow progress around the world is the absence of commercially viable financing. This panel thus deal with the role of financiers and financial institutions.

In the EU the ESD (and EED) stimulates the creation of the market of service providers (ESCOs). In other parts of the world ESCOs already are a booming business. Other models based on Carbon trading (including JI and CO2), CO2 tax rebates and White Certificates. All these financial products and protocols that are key to financing industrial efficiency projects will have a place in this panel.

For more information contact eceee secretariat eceee@eceee.org


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