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Energy saving concepts for the European ceramic industry (CERAMIN)

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Decreasing the average amount of energy use in production processes of the ceramic industries in Europe - resulting in cost and GHG reductions of the production processes - is main objective of this project. Ceramic producers have enormous financial burdens because of increasing fuel costs and political measures to decrease the CO2 emissions. The ceramic industry counts among the large consumers of energy in Europe. Energy costs are partly above 30 % of total costs. Within Europe, ceramic products of approximately 26 billion � p.a. are produced. National partners will monitor the current situation of representative ceramic enterprises through questionnaires and visits. The evaluated data and descriptions will be used to develop benchmarks and guidelines for best practice in this branch. For the dissemination of these benchmarks and practices, a EU wide voluntary competition will be implemented. The establishment of a label (e.g. "EEE-extraordinarily energy efficient" products) will support this implementation.

Results

  • - Analysis of energy consumption and description of state of the art in ceramic industry. - Definition of benchmarks and criteria for the EEE-label, agreement on procedure and rules for calculation. Several documents are available for download from the website, e.g. Energy consumption statistics, methodology for verification of energy savings etc.
  • - Engagement of 53 industry partners into the project in different sub-branches and partner countries. - Detailed analysis of best production processes and elaboration of Tutorial on energy saving in ceramic industry. This tutorial is available on the web-site in six different languages.
  • - Press announcements and National workshops as dissemination activities were achieved
  • - Implementation of label awarding in conjunction with the international trade fare "Ceramitec" in Munich in October 2009 has succeeded.
  • - Continuation of label awarding in the coming up years (until 2015) is expected, if enough data are collected from project partners
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Lessons learned

  • Personal contacts to producers are necessary to increase the knowledge base and data exchange, since SMEs in the ceramic field are more open to discussing their production technology with an energy auditor on-site, rather than in response to questionnaires or in online interviews.
  • The economic crisis makes it more difficult to engage further enterprises, since many of them struggle for survival in the near futureface of additional financial pressure.
  • CERAMIN will need to focus on those branches of the ceramic industry it has confirmed as having the greatest potential saving
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Institut für Energetik und Umwelt gemeinnützige GmbH
Germany
Contact point: 
Name: 
Gerd Schroeder
Tel: 
0049 341 2434 - 427

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In brief

Duration:
01/11/2006 to 31/10/2009
Contract number: 
EISAV/EIE/06/222/2006

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