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Australia's metals and minerals manufacturing industry comprises of business entities engaged in processing a wide range of materials: metal products such as iron, steel, aluminium, manganese, nickel, copper, silver, lead and zinc; and non-metallic mineral products for use in construction and other industries, such as cement, concrete, lime, plaster, ceramics and glass.
In 2008-09, EEO participants in the metals and minerals manufacturing sector used 600 PJ, representing approximately 10 percent of Australia's total energy use.
Energy Efficiency in the Metals and Minerals Manufacturing Sector
Corporations in the metals and minerals manufacturing sector have identified a range of energy efficiency opportunities including: Equipment upgrades, automated process control, installation of variable speed drives, reduced process variability and waste heat recovery.
EEO participants in the metals and minerals manufacturing sector have reported identifying 25.7 PJ of energy savings, and adopting 14.0 PJ of energy savings. 'Adopted' energy savings includes opportunities reported under the categories of implemented, commenced implementation or to be implemented.
Energy Savings in the Metals and Minerals Manufacturing Sector^
^ Energy savings totals include the energy savings of opportunities with a greater than four year payback, voluntarily reported by corporations.
Metals and Cement, Bricks and Non- Metallic Minerals Manufacturing Significant Opportunities Register
Metals and Cement, Bricks and Non- Metallic Minerals Manufacturing have been separated into 2 Significant Opportunities Registers, containing a cross-section of the significant opportunities described by the corporations in their EEO Public Reports. The spreadsheet formats can be filtered to find specific types of opportunities of interest. The registers aim to facilitate access to different ideas that may assist corporations to identify opportunities to increase energy efficiency.
Currently there are no upcoming events for the metals and minerals manufacturing industry. If you are holding an energy efficiency event that will be of interest to the metals and minerals manufacturing industry please contact us.
Resource materials that may be of use for businesses in the Metals and Minerals Manufacturing sector aiming to improve their energy efficiency include the following:
EEO Company Case Studies
A look at how some corporations in the Metals and Minerals Manufacturing sector have undertaken EEO assessments and the types of opportunities they have identified and implemented.
- Alcoa [ PDF, 864KB]
- Midland Brick [ PDF, 516KB]
- Midland Brick Update
[ PDF, 264KB]
- Nyrstar [ PDF, 534KB]
- OneSteel [ PDF, 445KB]
- Industry Trials – Midland Brick
[ PDF, 761KB]
- Industry Insights – Adelaide Brighton, Alcoa Australia, Midland Brick, Nyrstar, Rio Tinto
[ PDF, 1MB]
- Sharing the Lessons from First Assessments – Nyrstar, OneSteel
[ PDF, 474KB]
EEO Workshop Presentations
Presentations made by industry representatives at past Energy Efficiency Opportunities Workshops, describing their corporation's approach to the EEO program.
First Opportunities in Depth: The Manufacturing Industry
A detailed analysis of EEO results reported by the Manufacturing sector in 2006-2008, including those reported by the Metals and Minerals Manufacturing sector.
[ PDF, 697KB]
Energy Efficiency Best Practice in the Australian Aluminium Industry
The Energy Efficiency Best Practice program, which ran from 1998 to 2003, worked with companies and research agencies to improve energy efficiency. The result of that collaboration was a series of case studies and best practice guides, one of which is a report on Australia's energy intensive aluminium industry.
Energy efficiency best practice in the Australian aluminium industry
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Publications
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) has developed a series of studies analysing the energy using processes, energy benchmarks, energy efficiency potential and cost effective opportunities for reducing energy usage across several industries.
Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate
The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) has established Cement and Steel Taskforces to facilitate the uptake of best available technology and energy management systems in the cement and steel industries of Partnership countries. The taskforces share information on energy efficient technologies through several publications.
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