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Energies 2018, 11(1), 234;

Linking of Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvement in Indonesia’s Steel Industry

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of National Development “Veteran”, Yogyakarta 55584, Indonesia
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brawijaya University, Malang 65145, Indonesia
Department of Industrial Engineering, Brawijaya University, Malang 65145, Indonesia
Department of Management and Engineering, Division of Energy System, Linköping University, Linköping SE-581 83, Sweden
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Received: 16 November 2017 / Revised: 21 December 2017 / Accepted: 28 December 2017 / Published: 18 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems)
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Energy use in Indonesia’s steel industry accounts for about 20–35% of total production costs. Consequently, energy end-use efficiency is a crucial measure that is used to reduce energy intensity and decrease production costs. This article aims to investigate the relationships among different barriers to energy efficiency improvement (EEI), using a framework with the following six constructs: government policy, the financial–economic factor, the managerial–organizational factor, the technological factor, workforce, and quality and type of feedstock and fuel used. The data were collected from steel firm practitioners in Indonesia, using a questionnaire to test our framework. The results demonstrate that the applied framework was applicable. We find that EEI is moderately influenced by all constructs but that the managerial–organizational factor has the greatest direct effect on improvements and is the most significant factor. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy efficiency; conceptual framework; barriers; steel industry; Indonesia energy efficiency; conceptual framework; barriers; steel industry; Indonesia

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Soepardi, A.; Pratikto, P.; Santoso, P.B.; Tama, I.P.; Thollander, P. Linking of Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvement in Indonesia’s Steel Industry. Energies 2018, 11, 234.

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