Forest Products Industry Competitiveness Strengthened Through Energy Management and Savings
Energy reduction recommendations that incorporate “lean manufacturing principles” (that is, they focus on reducing waste) can lead to greater savings and relatively shorter payback times than will other energy reduction measures. The underlying strength of lean-based recommendations is that while energy consumption is decreased, productivity is simultaneously improved. Forest Service scientists examined electrical consumption data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC 2015) database using data mining. Of the more than 3,900 energy saving recommendations made by the IAC based on 733 assessments conducted between 2000 and 2012 in the wood products industry, 43 percent were implemented within the year following the assessment. With fewer than 10 percent of wood products manufacturing establishments having participated in the IAC program to-date, the energy cost savings for the entire U.S. wood products industry could be upwards of $80 million annually if these same efficiency measures were adopted by the other companies in the industry.
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