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Drivers and Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency in Textile Industries of Bangladesh

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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh Army International University of Science and Technology, Cumilla 3501, Bangladesh
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Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation, Deakin University, Victoria 3216, Australia
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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, East West University, Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh
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Division of Energy Systems, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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Department of Building, Energy and Environment Engineering, University of Gävle, 801 76 Gävle, Sweden
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Energies 2019, 12(9), 1775; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12091775
Received: 1 April 2019 / Revised: 7 May 2019 / Accepted: 8 May 2019 / Published: 10 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Policy and Policy Implications)
Bangladesh faced a substantial growth in primary energy demand in the last few years. According to several studies, energy generation is not the only means to address energy demand; efficient energy management practices are also very critical. A pertinent contribution in the energy management at the industrial sector ensures the proper utilization of energy. Energy management and its efficiency in the textile industries of Bangladesh are studied in this paper. The outcomes demonstrate several barriers to energy management practices which are inadequate technical cost-effective measures, inadequate capital expenditure, and poor research and development. However, this study also demonstrates that the risk of high energy prices in the future, assistance from energy professionals, and an energy management scheme constitute the important drivers for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the studied textile mills. The studied textile industries seem unaccustomed to the dedicated energy service company concept, and insufficient information regarding energy service companies (ESCOs) and the shortage of trained professionals in energy management seem to be the reasons behind this. This paper likewise finds that 3–4% energy efficiency improvements can be gained with the help of energy management practices in these industries. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy management; industrial energy efficiency; textile industry; energy policy; Bangladesh energy management; industrial energy efficiency; textile industry; energy policy; Bangladesh
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Hasan, A.S.M.M.; Rokonuzzaman, M.; Tuhin, R.A.; Salimullah, S.M.; Ullah, M.; Sakib, T.H.; Thollander, P. Drivers and Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency in Textile Industries of Bangladesh. Energies 2019, 12, 1775.

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