Energy efficiency options in the Dutch manufacturing industry

This report on energy efficiency options in the Dutch industry is part of the MIDDEN project (Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network) initiated by PBL and TNO. The project aims to support industry, policymakers, analysts and the energy sector in their common efforts to achieve deep decarbonisation.

Decarbonization options and energy efficiency in the MIDDEN database

The MIDDEN database contains many decarbonization options, such as CO2 capture and storage, green hydrogen, and electrification, that will have a large impact on the design of industrial processes. These decarbonization options can increase or decrease final energy use in industrial sectors. The MIDDEN database also contains many energy efficiency options.
In this report an overview of the energy efficiency options in the MIDDEN database has been created and gaps have been filled with literature research and interviews. The energy efficiency measures that are discussed in this report are only related to process efficiencies, that is within the site limits. The export of excess residual heat to external parties (industrial, residential or other) is not included as an energy efficiency measure in this report. Nor is the focus of the report on the efficiency gains from the switch from natural gas boilers to electric boilers. Renewable energy use is not seen as an improvement in energy efficiency.
This report purely focuses on the technological aspect of energy efficiency improvements in industrial processes, and does not account for policies, implementation trajectories, barriers, or economic issues. These issues are reflected on in the discussion.

Comparison to the P6-25 study

The report also compares the findings with the findings from the Project 6-25 technology validation study, which is a study that addresses energy efficiency potentials in the entire Dutch manufacturing industry.


Other authors
Badsha Haque
Sam Lamboo


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Energy efficiency options in the Dutch manufacturing industry
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Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network (MIDDEN)
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31 August 2023
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