IEA Says Australian Manufacturing Uses the Most Energy Worldwide

energy plantAustralia emerged as the only developed country with the highest energy intensity level between 2000 and 2015, due to its manufacturing sector, according to an analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The IEA said that the sector was the ‘most energy-intensive’ in the world. It used to be the third highest in 2000 when the industry registered 15.3 megajoules of energy consumption. Two years later, it rose 1.5% to 15.52 megajoules.

Energy Usage

The IEA tracked the efficiency of several countries’ energy regulations. Member nations posted a lower level of energy intensity during the covered period. Australia’s manufacturing sector recorded a lower rate of actual energy consumption than its U.S. counterpart, but the latter was able to use energy in a more efficient way.

The Australia smelting industry could be a factor for the intensive energy consumption. For instance, the smelting accounts for up to 12% and almost 50% of the energy consumption in New South Wales and Tasmania, respectively. Cheap energy prices may have also led companies to focus more on investments instead of energy management.

Efficient Consumption

Despite the extremely high-energy intensity in Australian manufacturing, Air Energy noted that some companies have sought to improve energy efficiency by developing smart equipment, like an air compressor for industrial purposes. Still, the IEA’s analysis showed that Australia needs to be more ‘invested in energy efficient equipment and processes’, according to Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel.

The U.S. manufacturing sector may have higher energy consumption, but its efforts to improve energy efficiency led to an estimated 38% reduction in intensity between 2000 and 2014.

Australia’s manufacturing industry needs to be more conscious on using energy-efficient equipment and systems, especially since sustainability plays an important role in maintaining global competitiveness.

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