Maximpact Benchmarking Services in the Industrial Sector
Why use energy benchmarking?
Industrial energy benchmarking is the process of comparing how much energy your industry uses to make its products compared to similar industries under similar conditions. Benchmarks can also be determined by reference to the best national or international practice in the same industrial sector.
For example, when a plastics factory is seeking to improve its energy performance these are some typical questions that will need to be answered:
- What is the state-of-the-art energy performance in a particular sector of the plastic industry?
- What is the best sustainable performance possible in the plastic sector?
- What is the present range of energy performance common in the plastic sector?
- What is my factory performance and how does it compare with similar factories?
- What are the typical low cost, medium cost and higher cost actions that are required to improve the factory’s energy performance?
- What causes the differences in energy performance, and how can I improve my performance and improve my energy efficiency and reduce costs?
Based on analysis of your energy inputs and product outputs, the benchmarking data makes it possible to estimate important information. We can help you:
- Estimate the savings possible by bridging the gap between an industry’s own performances and those of industries in the same country, in a nearby competitor country or internationally
- Identify existing weaknesses and opportunities to improve performance
- Learn from others’ experiences, especially those of good energy performers
- Set realistic but ambitious targets to improve your energy efficiency
- Identify strengths that can be built upon to improve profitability
- Better prioritize and allocate resources once strengths and weaknesses are identified
- Obtain best practice or leading edge practices and technology
The table below shows a typical output from a benchmarking study. It will help you identify how efficient your factory or process is relative to other factories producing similar products in a similar way. And it can provide the motivation for all staff members to improve their performance at work.