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INEDIS: Global Network for Industrial Energy Analysis

The objective of the International Network for Energy Demand Analysis in the Industrial Sector (INEDIS) is to strengthen the analysis of industrial energy use. Energy-use patterns in the industrial sector, the largest global energy user, are poorly understood. INEDIS, begun in 1998, consists of research groups from various countries who are collecting data on industrial energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, and conducting trend analyses, policy evaluations, and technology assessments. The European Commission (ENRICH-programme, DG-XII) and Berkeley Lab (USA) have provided seed funding, while a number of individual projects have provided funding to collect and analyze industrial energy use for specific countries.

Within the manufacturing sector, a subset of industries exists in which the energy required to produce a unit of economic output is three to five times greater than the average energy required for industry overall. In this subset of energy-intensive industries, raw materials are transformed or converted into intermediate and finished products, accounting for 40 to 80% of manufacturing energy use depending on the country. Efficiency or technology improvements that can reduce energy demand in these key raw-materials industries will play an important role in reducing global industrial energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions.

INEDIS focuses on a number of specific industrial sectors as well as cross-cutting issues. Network participants compile, exchange, and analyze data on energy use and efficiency for particular industrial subsectors (see Table 1).

Table 1. Focus areas of INEDIS data-collection effort.
Sector Area of Focus
Metals Iron, steel, aluminum
Fuel conversion Petroleum refining, coke production
Building materials Cement, glass, bricks, tiles
Forest products Pulp, paper
Chemicals Chlorine, ethylene, ammonia
Light industries Food processing, metals fabrication, other light industries
Cross-cutting Energy efficiency and CO2 mitigation policies, cross-cutting technologies (e.g., cogeneration, motors)

Global Energy Demand Database

Types of quantitative data and information collected by INEDIS include national time-series data of energy consumption by fuel, output by process type and product types, and the shares of key production technologies. The database also contains data on trade, economic output, and factor costs (e.g., energy prices, labor costs). The database will be accessible to all network members through the World Wide Web. An electronic discussion group on industrial energy issues is available for members.

Special Topic Reports

The strength of a network is its ability to bring together researchers, analysts, and industrial professionals to engage in collaborative analyses of key industrial topics, including international assessments of energy efficiency in industry, energy-efficiency research and development, trends in energy use in sector-specific process technologies, energy-efficiency policy effectiveness, and industrial ecology.

Participating Organizations

The institutes that initiated INEDIS have developed internationally accepted methodologies for comparisons of energy efficiency and energy-efficiency developments. Around 20 institutes and international organizations are currently part of INEDIS (see Table 2). The network organized the recent International Workshop on "Industrial Energy Efficiency Policies: Understanding Success and Failure" in The Netherlands; a copy of the proceedings is available.

INEDIS is interested in adding other members to increase its geographical coverage and to strengthen its industrial energy analysis work.

Table 2. Current participants in the INEDIS network.
National Institutes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory U.S.
Utrecht University Netherlands
Universidade de Coimbra, ISR Portugal
Fraunhofer, Gesellschaft ISI Germany
Lund University Sweden
Federal University of Rio de Janiero Brazil
TATA Energy Research Institute India
Canadian Industry Energy End-Use Data and Analysis Center Canada
Department of Minerals and Energy South Africa
Inha University South Korea
Universidad Nacional Aut—noma de México Mexico
Polytechnic University Bucharest UNESCO Chair Romania
AKF Denmark
ETH Zürich Switzerland
International Organizations
Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre APEC
International Energy Agency OECD
World Energy Efficiency Association Global

Visiting Researchers

INEDIS researchers are encouraged to collaborate on industrial-sector analyses and to spend time at other INEDIS organizations to exchange data and information. Over the past two years, EETD has hosted visiting researchers from Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Portugal and will be hosting a visitor from South Korea in the near future. LBNL scientists have collaborated on various projects with the visiting researchers.

— Ernst Worrell and Lynn Price

For more information, contact:

  • Ernst Worrell
  • (510) 486-6794; fax (510) 486-6996
  • Lynn Price
  • (510) 486-6519; fax (510) 486-6996

This research is supported by the European Commission, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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