2023 will once again be the time to draft new Energy Audits: organizations that are required by law to submit the audit by 05/12/2023, will need to collect consumption data, during the course of 2022.
Assofond, the Italian Association of Foundries, has chosen to rely on Energy Team to offer its associates a reliable service for identifying a monitoring strategy (Monitoring Plan) to be implemented in the year preceding the presentation of the Energy Audits (for Audits to be submitted in 2023, the Monitoring Plan should acquire data in 2022) and the actual drafting of the audit document.
The objectives of the Energy Audit are many, the main one being that to investigate the situation of the production plant or of the buildings occupied by the companies, to rise awareness on their consumptions and start energy efficiency and sustainability paths.
For this reason, even those companies that are not required by law to carry out an energy audit could benefit greatly and use it as an opportunity for improvement: reducing energy costs and increasing environmental sustainability.
Energy audits must be performed in accordance with the Minimum Criteria contained in Annex 2 of the decree which establishes the guidelines and must be “based on operational data relating to updated, measured and traceable energy consumption“; it is therefore essential to be able to count on precise and reliable measuring instruments on which to base the activities.
The foundry process, with over 1,000.0 GWh consumed per year, is among the most energy-intensive of the entire manufacturing industry; here the Energy cost center is the one that most affects the management costs of the company, together with that for raw materials.
Italian foundries are already at the forefront of their European counterparts, with high performance electric ovens in terms of both production and energy consumption; however, it remains a priority to carefully manage the resources used also through proper management of flexibility and loads modulation.