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SMC asks: are the days of energy saving numbered?

11 April, 2013

The simple answer is no.  But according to pneumatics provider SMC, energy saving is still a numbers game for its European customers.

By 2020, the European Council has set some ambitious targets for energy saving. It has pledged to save 20% of the EU’s total energy consumption, reach 20% of renewable energy in the total consumption in the EU and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 20%.  With governments throughout Europe putting increasing pressure on manufacturers to help deliver the Union’s 20:20:20 targets, industries will be forced to implement national and international policies that focus on reducing GHG emissions, in order to meet their environmental responsibilities.

For EU industry, where over 70% of manufacturers use a compressed air system and generate as much as 55 million tons of CO2 every year, there is a real opportunity for companies to sharpen up their environmental practices and reduce energy costs, which can account for 20% of a factory’s entire energy bill.  

Although one of the main energy sources used by industry, compressed air is often misused and many operators are unaware of the potential saving opportunities, both financial and environmental, that well managed systems can deliver.  

As one of the world's leading experts in pneumatics, SMC appreciates the benefits of compressed air. Air is an unlimited, natural resource, it’s safe as well as being simple to regulate and control. Its advantages as an energy resource are numerous, however, even though air is free, compressed air is not, it comes at a cost!

Through SMC’s vast experience in the energy saving field, the company’s collective data speaks for itself: as much as 50% of the energy consumed can be easily saved. This comprises 20% being saved from air leakage monitoring and control and 30% from optimisation, which includes working with the right pressure, sectorization or using energy efficient components.

SMC´s Energy Saving components feature the air amplifier, energy efficient air blow guns, nozzles, actuators or the multi-stage vacuum ejector, all of which provide significant savings both financially and environmentally. And the efficiency of these savings can be measured through SMC’s market leading online Saving Assessment Tools.

Designed to be easy to use, the Saving Assessment Tools combined with SMC’s energy efficient components means the numbers still stack up in favour of compressed air systems, while helping customers to meet their environmental targets, and in turn, deliver on the EU’s commitments.

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