Energy Efficiency Framework: An approach to develop best practice in the corrugated sector of the print and paper industry
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AbstractThe subject of energy efficiency plays a significant role in protecting future generations from the impact of carbon emissions in the environment. Morally and ethically everyone has a responsibility for improving efficiency and reducing energy use. It has been established that a key issue in doing this is one of addressing where to start. Therefore the research focuses on developing a framework to deliver energy efficiency best practice within the operational footprint of corrugated manufacturing operations. The adoption of a framework approach was inspired by other researchers in the field of energy management. Whilst simple in its delivery the energy framework developed has been the subject of a significant research study. The approach has included action research with interviews and questionnaire research and its development can be considered emergent as knowledge and understanding is gained from experience. The research has identified a gap in the knowledge within the corrugated sector of the pulp and paper industry. In defining this gap the research has actively developed an approach which has been trialled, tested and proven. In doing this the findings have played a significant role in contributing to new knowledge and establishing an approach to adopting energy efficiency in the industry and developing best practice. This research has identified the need for a co-ordinated approach. Future opportunities exist in aligning standards, equipment and cultural aspects of delivering on energy efficiency. In terms of the research implications there are opportunities to establish credible literature and published materials from the study. It is believed that this research has a moral and professional responsibility to facilitate and enable best practice development throughout the corrugated industry. The proposed framework was developed through action research and provides a structured way of implementing energy efficiency technologies within corrugated manufacturing operations.
CitationParr, S. (2021). 'Energy Efficiency Framework: An approach to develop best practice in the corrugated sector of the print and paper industry'. Unpublished PhD thesis. Derby: University of Derby.
PublisherUniversity of Derby
TypeThesis or dissertation
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