More is not always better. Improvements in energy efficiency yield many benefits, helping to curb rising energy prices, easing dependency on energy imports and cushioning the impact of volatile oil prices. Reducing energy consumption can also limit the continuing increase in CO2 emissions in the energy sector.
The structure of this lead market reflects those consumer groups that harbor the greatest potential for energy savings: industry, commerce, the service sector and the real estate industry. Based on this structure, the lead market for energy efficiency can be subdivided into four segments: energy-efficient production processes, energy-efficient buildings, energy-efficient appliances and cross-sector components.
The market segment for energy-efficient production processes focuses on the core processes in a variety of industries. With this central focus, it offer companies ways of optimizing their processes and thus reducing their energy consumption.
The market segment for cross-sector components groups technology lines together that help companies in any industry to save energy in what can be referred to as auxiliary production processes. Examples include compressed air technology, electric drive systems and measurement and control instrumentation.
Saving energy in the building sector is another essential element in efforts to reduce energy consumption and thus curb greenhouse gas emissions. Energy-efficient buildings thus constitute a separate segment of the lead market for energy efficiency. Energy-efficient appliances make up the fourth market segment. The focus here is on ways in which companies and private consumers can save energy in the use of electric appliances.