Pharma/Chem 9
Pharma/Chem 9
Food/Drink 17
Healthcare 4
Electronics 10
Other 60

Introduction

The total primary energy requirement (TPER) of the network increased to 36,600 GWh in 2019, representing a total estimated energy spend of €1.3 billion.

The Network’s 2019 TPER accounted for approximately 21% of the national TPER. The members that are classified as being in the ‘industrial sector’ account for approximately 72% of the national industrial primary energy requirement. The year-on-year improvement in energy performance for the network was 4.5% in 2019, up from 1.2% in 2018.

The ‘Other’ sector includes some of the largest energy consumers in the Network and while this sector accounts for only 28% of all members, it is now responsible for 60% of the Network’s TPER and 12.6% of the national TPER. The ‘Other’ sector is made up of a mix of retail, technology and services companies, and some of the more traditional ‘heavy industries’, such as cement manufacture and refining.

The change in TPER for the five sectors covered by the network membership ranged from -2.9% to 5.5%. We should note that the ‘Other’ sector managed to reduce their TPER by 2.9% while output increased by 12.9%.

The LIEN network continues to account for an ever-increasing share of the overall TPER and the industrial TPER reflecting its importance as part of the national effort to drive increased energy efficiency among a wide range of companies. With an increased emphasis on energy regulation through the Energy Efficiency Directive, we expect that the network will continue to grow as the benefits become more visible to all.

In 2019, all sectors recorded an increase in their level of output. On average, each member reported a 2.7% increase in energy consumption, an 8.9% increase in the level of output and a 1.8% increase in energy efficiency between 2018 and 2019.

Pharma/Chem 9
Pharma/Chem 9
Food/Drink 17
Healthcare 4
Electronics 10
Other 60

Pharma/Chem

Pharma / Chem represents just over one fifth of the overall LIEN membership, with members from the traditional bulk active pharmaceutical companies, final product packaging and the newly emerging bio pharma industry. The sector is continuing its strong performance in 2019, recording a 12.3% improvement in energy efficiency compared to 2018. On average, sector output went up by 15.4%, while the overall TPER increased by approximately 4%. This demonstrates that against a backdrop of increasing output real energy savings can still be made by employing a structured approach to energy management. The sector has achieved a long run average annual energy performance improvement of 6.9% since 2007, which is consistently high.

Pharma/Chem 9
Pharma/Chem 9
Food/Drink 17
Healthcare 4
Electronics 10
Other 60

Food/Drink

Food / Drink has the largest number of members in the LIEN, almost 33% of the total membership. The sector accounts for 16.5% of the network’s total energy consumption. In 2019 we saw an increase in sector output of 2.2% with energy consumption remaining stagnant relative to 2018 levels. The products of the sector continue to be primarily traded internationally. Excellence in energy management will continue to be critical to their success in this competitive international marketplace. On average over the last 13 years annual performance improvement is 2.2% helping to make our international food / drinks business more competitive each year.

Pharma/Chem 9
Pharma/Chem 9
Food/Drink 17
Healthcare 4
Electronics 10
Other 60

Healthcare

Healthcare’s share of the membership now accounts for 13% of LIEN members. This year there was a large increase in output of 6% but a TPER increase of 0.9%. The year-on-year performance in this sector fluctuates more so than the established sectors due to the relatively small scale of operations and the large range of products. However, 2019 was a strong performing year from an energy perspective factoring in the increased output. Regulatory constraints mean that members tend to replicate solutions tested by other industries and use the network to learn from the experiences of others. The long run energy performance improvement of the sector averages at 4.1% over the last 13 years. This remains steady and demonstrates the commitment of these companies to continuous improvement.

Pharma/Chem 9
Pharma/Chem 9
Food/Drink 17
Healthcare 4
Electronics 10
Other 60

Electronics

Electronics is the smallest LIEN sector in terms of membership, accounting for 4.5% of the Network. Even though the number of members in the sector is small it is still is responsible for 10% of the Network’s TPER. This year the sector TPER increased by 5.5% with output increasing by 15.2%. However, the sector recorded an overall energy efficiency improvement of over 8.3% this year. This is a very strong performance relative to last year. This sector shows the most variation in performance of all the sectors due to the rapidly changing nature of the products of the industry. The sector has still shown an average annual improvement in performance of almost 3.1% over the last 13 years. Thus, we can see that 2019 was a strong performing year in terms of energy performance.

Pharma/Chem 9
Pharma/Chem 9
Food/Drink 17
Healthcare 4
Electronics 10
Other 60

Other

The ‘Other’ industries group now represents 28% of the LIEN membership while cumulatively accounting for 60.4% of the total energy consumption of the network. The ‘Other’ sector is made up of retail, technology and services companies, and some of the more traditional ‘heavy industries’, such as cement manufacturing and refining. Heavy industry accounts for a large proportion of the energy consumed by the group. The group’s TPER decreased by 2.9% while at the same time there was a large increase in output of 12.9%. However, the overall energy efficiency recorded by the group increased by 2.4% during the period. This sector, due to its composition, was impacted more than most during the economic downturn with a long run average efficiency improvement of just 0.5% over the last 13 years but 2019 was a strong year in their energy performance.