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Companies get help with energy data

Companies are generally good at collecting energy data. But the collected information does not always lead to practicable action or an increased commitment to limiting energy use. The FRAME project ensures that the right data reaches the right function, in the right format and at the right time.

Actions for increased energy-efficiency often have significant yet underutilised potential to instantly reduce a company's costs and environmental impact. To use this potential, data must be collected and then disseminated to the right business function.

FRAME uncover possibilities

Swerea's FRAME project demonstrates the need to make energy data accessible at a workplace so as to generate interest in the organisation's energy consumption. The availability of technical equipment rarely sets limits on possible energy efficiency measures. Instead, this is due to organisational challenges such as data communication and distribution.

Right information for the right actions

In the project, Swerea's researchers conducted in-depth interviews and surveys with management and personnel in two energy-intensive companies: SSAB and Åkers Sweden. After this, researchers were able to see which parts of the company that did not have satisfactory information to implement the right actions for energy efficiency.

"This is a good method for determining potential development areas within the organisation. It has been informative to see areas for improvement in each department," says Mattias Abrahamsson, Åkers Sweden.

The method used within FRAME will now be fine-tuned into a viable tool to reduce energy use in energy-intensive industries.