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March 2015

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Selling your projects to management

Often, industrial facility managers must convince upper management that an investment in system efficiency is worth making. The problem is that sometimes communicating this message can be more difficult than the actual engineering behind the concept. A corporate audience usually responds more readily to cash flow impacts than to a discussion of best efficiency points. By adopting a financial approach, the facility manager can relate system performance and efficiency to corporate goals and “win over” the senior management who make the final decision on capital investments in system upgrades.

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Developing the future of SPiCE³

SPiCE³ was officially launched in April 2013, as a 27 month project aimed at fostering the uptake of energy efficiency measures in SMEs across the EU and specifically in the countries represented by the project consortium representing around 80% of all the EU's chemical industry. Now steps are being taken to ensure the future of this project and its valuable resources.

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Funding is Key to Achieving Energy Efficiency Gains – report concludes

An article published in our January 2015 newsletter took a look at the falling oil prices and possible impacts on energy efficiency. Since then, a recent EU report released in March concludes that energy efficiency should be viewed as "the first fuel". "It is competitive, cost effective to produce, widely available and delivers multiple benefits to project hosts and national economies", the report says.

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Extracting Energy From Production Residues

There is growing retail pressure on manufacturers to find more sustainable processes and reduce their environmental impact. Although there will always be a carbon cost associated with production of Chemical and pharmaceutical, sustainability can be improved across the supply chain. Now, other industry sectors have the opportunity to follow the lead being set by the food industry. Nestlé, the leading European food, beverage and confectionery manufacturer is showing the way by converting its production residues into energy on its Fawdon confectionery production site, near Newcastle.

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Getting the basics right

A recent workshop event was focused on companies that had yet to embark on a formal energy efficiency journey. Getting the Basics Right started with the key elements of an energy policy, the importance of senior management buy-in and setting goals to meet organisational needs.

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