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Energy use and potential energy conservation for companies and institutions

Energieverbruik en besparingspotentieel bedrijven en instellingen

Synopsis

The VROM Inspectorate (VI) ordered an investigation to determine which types of companies and institutions would qualify for the VI project Climate and Energy, which aims to stimulate companies to save energy. The project will focus on branches and sectors that, currently, are not participating in government energy conservation agreements or the Greenhouse gas Emission Trading System, but that have a high energy consumption and a significant potential for conserving energy. A large part of the Dutch trade, services and government sector (Handel, Diensten en Overheid (HDO)) qualifies for participation in the project of the VROM Inspectorate. This HDO sector is responsible for 12% of the energy use within the Netherlands and has large energy-saving potential. Many of the branches within this sector use a considerable amount of energy (five petajoules or more), but are not part of any energy conservation agreement. The branches involved are: recreation; healthcare and welfare; wholesale; retail; car trade, maintenance and repairs; food services; and commercial and financial services. The largest energy conservation measures for which the costs could be recovered within five years, relate to power consumption by machines, appliances and lighting. Insulation of existing buildings could also realise substantial energy savings, although the cost-recovery time would be longer and, therefore, these measures often are not mandatory. An important part of the industrial sector, consuming around 30 per cent of the energy within the Netherlands, does not qualify for participation in the VI project. In this sector, around 90% of the energy is used by companies that already participate in energy conservation agreements (the Covenant Benchmarking, and the Long-term agreements on energy efficiency (LTA3)), or in the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading System (EU ETS). These companies have the largest potential for saving energy. Industrial sectors that, as yet, do not participate in energy conservation agreements or in the Emission Trading System, but that use a considerable amount of energy (five petajoules or more), include manufacturers of machineries and appliances, the metal and electronics industry, the printing industry, and the animal feed industry.
 

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