The cement, steel, textile, paper, and fertilizer sectors are keys to economic development as they provide job opportunities, boost industrialization, spur technological advances, improve workers’ skill levels, and contribute to GDP. These industrial sectors account for more than one-third of global primary energy use and have significant environmental impacts because of the types of fuel and raw materials used.
Decarbonization of these major energy-consuming sectors is needed to meet targets under international agreements such as the 2015 Paris Agreement, UN SDGs, and 2021Glasgow Climate Pact. The use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil is common in these sectors, and thus adopting energy-efficient practices and technologies would benefit stakeholders across value chains.
This e-course will disseminate information on improving the productivity of these sectors through the adoption of energy-efficient best practices, equipment retrofits, and available technologies.
The main objectives of this course are
This e-learning course will cover energy conservation opportunities and best practices in industry sectors in the following modules:
Module 1: Cement Manufacturing
Cement manufacturing is an energy-intensive process that has recently adopted significant technological advances. Energy in the cement industry comprises 40–50% of total production costs.There are numerous methods and technologies to conserve energy in the cement industry worldwide.
Module 2: Steel Manufacturing
Iron and steel are the largest consumers of energy among all industrial sectors. Energy costs total 30–35% of this sector’s production costs and are emission intensive. There is huge potential for improving energy efficiency in the iron and steel industry despite limitations in the availability and quality of iron ore.
Module 3: Textile Manufacturing
The rapidly growing textile industry plays a significant role in industrial output and employment generation. This sector also leaves detrimental ecological footprints due to its high energy, water, and chemical consumption, with low energy utilization efficiency.
Module 4: Fertilizer Manufacturing
The fast-growing world population requires more food, and fertilizers are among the most important elements to ensure sufficient food production. The fertilizer sector is capital, energy, and technology intensive. Therefore, high efficiency levels are essential for its viability.
Module 5: Paper Manufacturing
The pulp and paper industry accounts for approximately 5–6% of total global industrial energy consumption, and energy use accounts for 20–30% of the cost of paper manufacturing. Most paper mills are long-established enterprises and hence their technologies should be modernized. This module will present and explain best practices for continuous improvement in energy efficiency and environmental performance in paper manufacturing.