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Abstract of Lecture by Nuibe
Energy Conservation Promotion and Activities by Japanese Industrial Manufacturing Sites
- The lecture is based on the experience and knowledge in Japan, but it should contain useful information for Thailand.
Energy Conservation Activities in Japan: Historical Background
- Cooperative efforts by the government and industrial sectors have resulted in successful energy conservation measures.
- Japan is the only country that was able to successfully raise its GDP without increasing energy consumption. Thailand also has possibility of doing so.
- The mechanisms and incentives for energy conservation in the private enterprises include possibility to reduce production costs and to increase international competitiveness. Incentives for the government are insurance for energy security and contributions to global warming measures.
- For Japan, where energy security has been a key issue, various measures have been taken to promote energy conservation and energy diversification.
- A reason for success in Japan can be attributed to the effect of synergy for enterprise self-help efforts in energy conservation, government-imposed regulations (i.e., the Energy Conservation Law) and supporting governmental measures.
- Conservation activities at each working site where energy is actually used are to do it steady and practically. The most important keys to successful energy.
- Features of the Energy Conservation Law: The law provides the guideline for energy management in features manufacturing factories.
- Features of the Energy Conservation Law: The energy manager system and the role of the energy managers.
What is Energy Conservation?
- What does energy conservation mean? Energy conservation is not only cutting loss and waste but also improving the efficiency and effectiveness of energy consumption.
- The first step, the most fundamental action, to energy savings is the management of energy consumption.
- Energy conservation activities start with STEP 1, which does not require financial costs. Next, actions need to gradually develop toward the items in STEP 3, which require high levels of technology and costly investment.
- What is management?
- The specifics of energy management: Items to be managed.
- The specifics of energy management: The amount of energy consumption should be shown by the energy intensity (energy consumption amount /production amount) to be favorable for the improvement of energy usage.
- Management and approaches to improvement: The seven tools and examples of their use.
- Points for energy management: Energy management needs to be presented in visible forms. It is better to start with large energy consumption items.
- The PDCA cycle for management and improvement.
- The results and fruits of energy conservation activities should be incorporated into the production and cost management cycles.
- Concept of the energy conservation audit and its effective use.
- Examples of effective use of the energy conservation audit.
- Important role of energy managers.
- Energy conservation promotion by Japanese enterprises are unique in that small group activities and TQM activities are well combined. Japan has become the world leader in energy conservation technologies through the use of this combination as well as through the promotion of R&D and investments in energy saving equipment and facilities.
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