The total primary energy requirement of the network in 2015 was 31,300GWh, representing a total estimated energy spend of €1.06 billion.
The Network’s 2015 TPER accounted for over 19% of the national TPER and 55% of industrial TPER. In contrast to an increase in the national TPER in 2015, the Network’s TPER actually decreased by over 2% compared to 2014. The ‘Other’ sector includes some of the largest energy consumers in the Network and while this sector only accounts for less than a third of all members, it was responsible for just over 60% of the Network’s TPER.
Network membership increased to 192 organisations, with 13 organisations joining the network in the past 12 months. Of the 179 organisations that were members in 2015, 103 are ‘LIEN only’ members while the remaining 76 also participate in the Energy Agreements Programme. The greatest proportion of members is in the Food/Drinks sector, followed closely by the ‘Other’ sector.
In 2015, primary energy consumption reduced by 286GWh, which is an energy performance improvement of approximately 1.2% for the Network as a whole. This was a positive turnaround compared to performance in 2014 when an efficiency loss was reported. Over 60% of companies saw an improvement in energy performance compared to 2014, with the PharmaChem sector recording the largest increase. The ‘Other’ sector was the only sector to record an energy performance loss for 2015.
The output figures for 2015 tell a positive story, pointing to a recovery in the economy with output increasing across the network by an average of 7%. All sectors saw an increase, but at varying rates. The PharmaChem sector saw the greatest increase, in 2015, with each company in that sector recording an average increase of 15% in their level of output.
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Pharma/Chem represents just under 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. The sector continues to outperform all other sectors in the LIEN and in 2015 again recorded the largest increase in efficiency. A performance improvement of over 8% for the sector was primarily driven by the energy efficiency improvements of four companies in particular - GlaxoSmithKline Ltd (Cork), Pfizer Biotechnology (Grange Castle), Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals (Ringaskiddy) and AbbVie Ireland. On average, output went up by over 15% per company, however the overall TPER only increased by approximately 2%.
Food/Drink has the largest number of members in the LIEN, with 31% of the total membership. Accounting for 16% of the network’s total energy consumption, it continues its positive year-on-year performance trend with an improvement of over 2% recorded for the sector in 2015. Output increased by an average of 4% per company in this group, while TPER was up just over 3% from last year. Products continue to be primarily traded internationally. Excellent energy management is critical to their success in competitive markets.
Healthcare maintains its share of membership, accounting for 11% of LIEN members. With a greater increase in output (over 3%) than TPER (approximately 2%), the sector recorded a slight overall improvement in performance. 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 5% of membership in the Network, which is largely consistent with 2014. This sector is responsible for 10% of the Network’s TPER, up from 6% in 2014. In 2015, the sector saw a significant increase in TPER, up 45% on the previous year. This marked increase in the sector’s TPER was largely as a result of an increase in energy consumption by a large user. Positively, there was a turnaround for the sector from 2014 in terms of performance, recording an improvement of over 3%.
‘Other’ industries now account for just under 30% of the LIEN membership. Cumulatively this group of companies account for 60% 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. The sector’s TPER reduced by just under 5% while at the same time there was an average increase in output of over 4%. Despite the overall drop in TPER, there was a slight reduction in energy performance recorded for the sector as a whole in 2015 due to a performance reduction by one of the largest energy consumers in the LIEN.
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