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Measures to increase energy efficiency and natural gas substitution

Natural gas savings in the industry

Overview Industrial Production - Holistic Optimization Approach

The impending supply shortage of natural gas before or at the beginning of the heating period and the emergency gas plan of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) are currently enticing industrial companies to act quickly. Deriving their findings from over 2,000 consulting projects, ÖKOTEC’s experts have compiled an overview of the relevant fields of action, as well as a collection of measures designed to increase energy efficiency and improve natural gas substitution.

Use of natural gas for process and space heating

Germany produces only six percent of its total gas consumption.[1] The remaining gas is imported from Russia, Norway, and the Netherlands.[2] The industrial sector represented 37 percent of the national natural gas consumption in 2021, a significant part of it being for process heat.[3] The industrial sectors with the highest gas consumption for energy in Germany are basic chemicals, paper, metal production, as well as glass and ceramics production.[4] The German economy is also dominated by the energy sector.

Heating applications also dominate the commercial, trade and services sectors, accounting for around half of final energy consumption. Space heating is responsible for around half of the final energy consumption.[5]

Holistic approach for long-term energy and cost savings

The requirements and The requirements and challenges in the industries and at production sites are rigorous and specific. In a joint project, our experts can work with you to develop concrete and tangible approaches for increasing energy efficiency and for your energy transition.This, also in combination with suitable funding programs.

In the project, we consider all relevant areas: Energy consumption, generation and distribution of energy media, optimization of energy procurement as well as corresponding laws and regulations.

Based on these areas, you will find an overview of simple and complex measures, ranging from process conversion to energy-efficient media and the use of mobile heat transfer storage systems to the admixture of green hydrogen in natural gas.

List of measures to increase energy efficiency

We have compiled a comprehensive overview of the fields of action and a collection of measures designed to increase energy efficiency and improve natural gas substitution for you.

  • Introduction
  • Energy use
  • Energy distribution
  • Energy supply
  • Overarching measures
  • Subsidies

Download the list of measures to save natural gas in industry (German)

    Are you interested? We look forward to hearing from you.

    Dr. Kirsten Kubin Team Energy Efficiency

    Dr. Kirsten Kubin

    Head of Energy Efficiency (EnEff)

    Steffen Held Team Sales & Project Management

    Steffen Held

    Senior Account & Project Manager

    More information

    [1] Energy Consumption 2020 Report (German)
    [2] Supply of the German natural gas market 2019 (German)
    [3] Share of consumer groups in natural gas sales in Germany in 2011 and 2021 (German)
    [4] Substitution potential for gas in German industry (German)
    [5] Saving energy in companies – how to reduce energy consumption (German)