Report Energy Diagnosis of European Printing Industry available

The report: ‘Energy Diagnosis of European Printing Industry’ is the first delivery of the EMSPI project and evaluates the current status of energy consumption and energy management in the European printing industry.

The report describes the detailed conditions in each of the participating partner countries and summarizes the national trends into a common European Energy Diagnosis aimed to be the first step stone of the following work packages of the EMSPI project. 

The energy diagnosis shows that despite differences in the size and complexity of companies in the European printing industry there are also common characteristics which seem to be the same in all the countries:

  • The energy sources are in general uniform except for local differences in the use of energy for heating.
  • The primary energy consumptions in the company are in general related to the same type of activities with production machines, heating, drying and ventilation as the most important.
  • The structure of the industry is the same since the industry primarily consists of small companies.
  • The general level of energy management in the industry is low due to a lack of knowledge about the performance and the potential for improvements

Energy performance of printed products and the use of carbon footprint is addressed in the report because the supply chain to the printing company is rather energy intensive and approximately 80% of the total energy consumed in the life cycle of the printed product is allocated to the manufacturing of the raw materials in the supply chain.

The report underlines two important barriers for energy management in the printing industry which must be in focus in the later work packages of the project. A significant barrier is caused by the structure of the industry since the industry primarily consists of small companies and between 70 % and 85 % of the companies in the industry have less than 10 employees it is a challenge to allocate resources related to the strategic activities in the companies.

Furthermore it is a general barrier that it is difficult for the management on the strategic level of the companies to assess the potentials for energy savings.  The problem is closely linked to the ability to map, monitor, and analyse the energy consumption in the companies and the lack of adequate key performance indicators and benchmarking facilities. When the potential savings or costs are not clear for the top management it is likely that neither human nor financial resources will be allocated to energy management activities.

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