Until 1990s EU energy consumption was led by industry (35%), but relocation of industries, and integration of efficient technologies achieved to reduce energy use to 25% until 2010, when it stabilized. Energy consumption in industry is based nearly totally in fossil fuels (Odysee report November 2016), with 35% gas, 32% electricity, 30% coal and oil, which make the sector vulnerable to externalities, especially because EU imports more than 90% of oil, and 66% of gas.
EC report of February 2017 “Monitoring progress towards the EU” remarks that energy intensity industry decreased 15% at EU level from 2000 to 2010, but started to grow with speed after 2013.
Countries should reduce energy intensity to have independent and cost-effective industry. However, countries show significant differences in their tendencies, with countries with energy intensity close to 85% and growing, others with 40% and decreasing, and some with less than 10%.
EC report “Energy use in the EU industry” request harmonization and proper mechanism to boost RES in industry.
RESINDUSTRY aims to increase the energy independency of the EU industry sector, by decreasing its energy intensity through a higher integration of RES. The long-term objective is to increase the industry competitiveness by decreasing its energy bill, rising their energy independency, thus uncoupling their energy costs from geopolitical externalities.
To achieve these long-term strategic objectives, the short-term objectives are to booster RES investment in industry by improving OPs with new policies for RES promotion.
Czech Technical University in Prague, University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings – CZ
Lahti University of Applied Sciences, LAMK – FI
Extremadura Energy Agency – AGENEX, ES
Tartu Regional Energy Agency – TREA
Marshal Office of Świętokrzyskie Region – PL
Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences – AT
Ministry for Gozo - MT