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Energy Savings

European Legislation

The European Union’sEmissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)caps the emissions from a specific group of industries and gives them ‘allowances’ that can be traded. The main targeted industries under this legislation are:

  • Power Generation
  • Iron & Steel
  • Oil Refining
  • Cement
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Glass and Ceramics
  • Industrial plants that consume more than 20 MW of energy

These industry sectors alone account for 46% of industry electricity consumption with the CO2 attributed to just these industries reaching 223 million tonnes annually.

What implications does this have for industry?

For these industry sectors, the impact of these emissions caps and allowances is very much a financial one, with a penalty incurred on every tonne of CO2 emitted over their allowance of €100 per tonne.

So with rising costs and environmental concerns, energy is a big issue. The increase in the legislation as set out by the EU ETS, and other various country specific schemes, means that industry now has no choice but to seriously consider its energy usage and emissions from its activities.

What the Brammer Energy survey taught us

This increase in focus was echoed in the findings from the [1]  Brammer Energy Survey, which asked 300 manufacturing companies across 10 countries about energy savings across their plant as a whole.

The key findings from the survey where:

  • 79% of respondents see energy saving as important to their business
  • 60% of respondents told us they are working on an energy saving plan
  • 82% of respondents believe there is significant scope to save energy on their site in the future

We can see that energy savings are becoming increasingly important, but many businesses remain unclear about the best way to achieve them:

  • 65% of respondents stated that they do not know what these energy savings could be
  • And only 17% of respondents see mechanical MRO parts as contributing to energy savings

Surprisingly, while manufacturers are increasingly looking for cost-savings and responsible practices, few are turning to their industrial components and production machinery for an answer. Yet it is here that big gains can be made. Today’s technology (belts, drives and electric motors) and energy efficient bearings can all make significant improvements to the efficiency – and environmental credentials – of your production line. Consider the following facts:

  • Motors & Drives account for 66% of power used in industry
  • A motor running for eleven hours a day (4,000 hours per year) typically costs ten times more in electricity than its capital cost
  • Fitting the correct drive can save up to 50% energy costs year on year

With the rising cost of energy and its impact on the environment, there is increasing pressure on European businesses to improve efficiency while reducing both costs and carbon emissions. Brammer is well placed to help. Wherever we operate in Europe, we’re keen to support manufacturing industry in working towards a more efficient and sustainable environment. To help you realise energy savings, we’ll undertake a thorough audit of your current processes, and then call on our full range of services to make recommendations and drive down costs. We have a successful track-record of delivering substantial energy savings for many manufacturers, in all sectors.

Introducing the Brammer Audit

The Brammer Audit will:

    • Analyse energy consumption across an entire plant
    • Identify which parts of the production line use the most energy
    • Outline components and systems in these parts of the production line that can be optimised to save energy


To find out more about the benefits of a Brammer Audit, please contact us today.

Helping Reduce Your Energy Consumption and Carbon Footprint

Much of our work with customers across all manufacturing sectors is aimed at helping them to improve their performance, by reducing their energy costs and carbon emissions, through the selection and optimal maintenance of energy-efficient equipment such as high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives.

We also work with them to ensure they get the best out of resources such as compressed air, which can often be misused and poorly maintained. Brammer can add real value to your operational and financial performance through projects aimed at identifying areas of energy inefficiency and driving out cost wherever possible.

Find out how Brammer can help your business reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint. Contact us today.