Total Primary Energy Requirement for the LIEN membership increased 16% in 2014 to 32,000 GWh, representing a total estimated energy spend of €1.17 billion.
Membership grew modestly in 2014, bringing the total number of companies in LIEN to 180. These companies represent approximately 20% of the national Total Primary Energy Requirement in Ireland. The level of output increased across all sectors in 2014. Even though the levels of output from the various sectors has fluctuated from 2007 – 2014, on average, each sector has recorded an increase in the level of output - albeit only marginally in some sectors.
The food and drink industry, pharmaceuticals and chemicals industry and ‘Other’ sectors are the largest sectors, by member numbers, in the LIEN. The ‘Other’ sector has grown steadily and is made up of a mix of retail, technology and services industries, and some of the more traditional 'heavy industries', such as cement manufacture and refining.
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Pharma/Chem represents a quarter of the overall LIEN membership, with members from the traditional bulk active pharmaceutical companies, final product packaging and the newly emerging bio pharma area. Continuous improvement programmes in process technology as well as advancements in new systems have enabled this sector to lead in performance gains, estimated at 14% reported in 2014, and with over 20% improvement over the last two years. The industry continues to outperform all other sectors.
Food/Drink has the largest representation in the network comprising 55 member companies, or over 30% of the total membership. Accounting for 15% of the network’s total energy consumption, gains reported every year in the past eight years amount to a total improvement in excess of 21%. Despite a 2% increase in TPER and output, this group still managed a 3% improvement in performance.
Products continue to be primarily traded internationally. Excellent energy management is critical to their success in competitive markets.
Healthcare has the smallest representation in the network with only 11% of membership. The long run performance has been good with an overall increase in energy efficiency in excess of 28% over the last seven years. Year-on-year performance fluctuates more so than the established sectors due to the small scale of operations, and product changes. Members tend to replicate solutions tested by other industries and have gained most benefit through applying the lessons learned to their own facilities.
Electronics account for 6% of membership in the network, and 6% of TPER, up from 2% in 2013. In 2014, this sector saw a significant increase in output, up 20% on the previous year. Membership levels remain level. Overall efficiency losses of just over 1% were achieved. This sector is under considerable pressure to maintain cost competitiveness. Competition from overseas continues to be a big threat but the sector does seem to be responding.
‘Other’ industries now account for over 27% of the LIEN membership. Cumulatively this group of companies account for 65% of the total energy consumption of the network. Information technology, retail, financial services and heavy industries (including manufacture and oil refining companies) are represented here. Heavy industry accounts for a large proportion of the energy consumed by the group. TPER is up by almost 4% with an equivalent gain in output. This group continues to strengthen in terms of output – but, significantly, their performance is still below parity by 1%. This is largely driven by the performance of four large companies which are still recovering from the recession.
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