Pharma/Chem 8
Pharma/Chem 8
Food/Drink 18
Healthcare 4
Electronics 9
Other 61

Introduction

The total primary energy requirement (TPER) of the network decreased marginally to 35,050 GWh in 2018, representing a total estimated energy spend of €1.26 billion.

The Network’s 2018 TPER accounted for approximately 20% of the national TPER. The members that are classified as being in the ‘industrial sector’ remain steady contributors to the industrial TPER contributing 57%. The year-on-year improvement in energy performance for the network was 1.2% in 2018, down from 5.4% in 2017.

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 61% of the Network’s TPER.

The change in TPER for the five sectors covered by the network membership ranged from -1.8% to 3.7%. We should not that the Pharma / Chem sectors managed to reduce their TPER while output increased by 24%.

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 2018, all sectors recorded an increase in their level of output with 10% of members recording a 100% increase in output. On average, each member reported a 3.8% increase in energy consumption, a 9.2% increase in the level of output and a 1.3% decrease in energy efficiency between 2017 and 2018.

Pharma/Chem 8
Pharma/Chem 8
Food/Drink 18
Healthcare 4
Electronics 9
Other 61

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 performed very strongly in 2018 recording a 15% improvement in energy efficiency compared to 2017. On average, sector output went up by 24%, while the overall TPER decreased by approximately 1.8%. 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 6.4% since 2007.

Pharma/Chem 8
Pharma/Chem 8
Food/Drink 18
Healthcare 4
Electronics 9
Other 61

Food/Drink

Food / Drink has the largest number of members in the LIEN, almost 33% of the total membership. The sector accounts for 18% of the network’s total energy consumption. 2018 saw an increase in sector output of 4% with energy increasing 2% by comparison. 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 12 years annual performance improvement is 2.1% helping to make our international food / drinks business more competitive each year.

Pharma/Chem 8
Pharma/Chem 8
Food/Drink 18
Healthcare 4
Electronics 9
Other 61

Healthcare

Healthcare’s share of the membership now accounts for almost 13% of LIEN members. This year there was a slight increase in output of 0.5% but a TPER increase of 3.7%. 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. 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 12 years. This demonstrates the commitment of these companies to continuous improvement.

Pharma/Chem 8
Pharma/Chem 8
Food/Drink 18
Healthcare 4
Electronics 9
Other 61

Electronics

Electronics is the smallest LIEN sector, accounting for 4.7% of membership in the Network. Even though the number of members in the sector is small it is still is responsible for 9% of the Network’s TPER. This year the sector TPER increased by 1.5% with output increasing by 11.2%. However, the sector recorded an overall energy efficiency improvement of over 2.7% this 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 2.7% over the last 12 years, which is consistent with this year’s energy efficiency improvement.

Pharma/Chem 8
Pharma/Chem 8
Food/Drink 18
Healthcare 4
Electronics 9
Other 61

Other

The 'Other' industries group now represents almost 29% of the LIEN membership while cumulatively accounting for 61% 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 0.8% while at the same time there was an average increase in output of 6.9%. However, the overall energy efficiency recorded by the group decreased by 1.3% 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 0.4% over the last 12 years.