Energy Efficiency Status-Quo at UK Foundries: The “Small-Is-Beautiful” Project

  • Mark R. Jolly
  • Konstantinos SalonitisEmail author
  • Fiona Charnley
  • Peter Ball
  • Hamid Mehrabi
  • Emanuele Pagone
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


Energy efficiency is a critical issue for all manufacturing sectors. In the present paper the energy efficiency of UK foundries was assessed. In the context of this research 80 foundries were studied, 60 were contacted and 10 were visited. General energy data were collected using structured questionnaires, interviewing energy managers and process operators. A number of foundries are operating to a good standard, by employing energy managers and regularly auditing; they are in control of their process and working rigorously to improve their efficiency. Simultaneously though, smaller foundries have not adjusted to the new market demands and are not operating in the most energy efficient manner. Important barriers to energy efficiency in these foundries include lack of knowledge on auditing methods, poor knowledge in managing energy consumption, the inefficiency of individual process steps, production disruptions, aging equipment, personnel behavior, inadequate maintenance and lack of investment, automation and research.


Energy efficiency Sustainability UK foundries 



The authors would like to acknowledge the UK EPSRC Small is Beautiful (EP/M013863/1) project for the support of this work. All data are provided in full in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark R. Jolly
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Salonitis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fiona Charnley
    • 2
  • Peter Ball
    • 3
  • Hamid Mehrabi
    • 1
  • Emanuele Pagone
    • 1
  1. 1.Manufacturing DepartmentCranfield UniversityCranfieldUK
  2. 2.Cranfield Centre for Competitive Creative DesignCranfield UniversityCranfieldUK
  3. 3.The York Management SchoolUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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