The total primary energy requirement (TPER) of the network in 2016 was 33,800GWh, representing a total estimated energy spend of €1.13 billion.
The Network’s 2016 TPER accounted for over 20% of the national TPER and 58% of industrial TPER. The year-on-year improvement in energy performance taking the output of the LIEN membership as a whole into account was 2.8% for 2016. 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 was responsible for 57% of the Network’s TPER.
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 amount a wide range of companies and economic and industrial sector.
The complex methodology used to assess the overall sector performance reflects the wide variety of member companies each with its own unique measure of output which can vary year on year. The 10 year long run average performance cited below smooths out these variations and in all sectors is positive.
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 area. The sector continues to perform strongly recording a 6 % improvement in energy efficiency compared to 2015. On average, sector output went up by 15%, while the overall TPER decreased by approximately 1%. 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 almost 6 % over the period.
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. 2016 saw a significant increase in sector output at 7.2 % with energy increasing by only 4.5% 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. The average 10-year annual performance improvement is a little over 2 % helping to make our international food/ drinks business more competitive each year.
Healthcare increased its share of the membership now accounting for almost 13% of LIEN members. Once again this year there was a greater increase in output (at almost 6 %) than in TPER (at a little over 3%). 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 at 4.1% per annum over 10 years demonstrates the commitment of these companies to continuous improvement.
Electronics is the smallest LIEN sector, accounting for 5.6% of membership in the Network, which is slightly up on the 2015 percentage. Even though the number of members in the sector is small it is still is responsible for 12% of the Network’s TPER, up from 10% in 2015. This year the sector TPER increased by 15 % with output increasing by 3.3 %. However, the sector recorded an overall energy efficiency improvement of over 9 % year on 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 % over the last 10 years.
The ‘Other’ industries group now represents 28 % of the LIEN membership while cumulatively accounting for 57% 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 group’s TPER increased by just over 5% while at the same time there was an average increase in output by a little under 4%. However, the overall energy efficiency recorded by the group improved by almost 11 % during the period. This sector due to its composition was more significantly impacted than most during the economic downturn with a long run average efficiency improvement of just 1.3 % over the 10-year period. However, 2016 has seen a strong recovery in energy performance in this group which is likely to continue into 2017 and 2018.