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Sibelco Leading the way in Energy Efficiency

Reducing CO2 emissions to combat climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. The main way industry can play a role is through energy efficiency.

Sibelco’s site in Maastricht has implemented a comprehensive approach to improving energy efficiency. This involves an in-house developed energy and productivity monitoring system, training, the sharing of best practices and an active participation in the Dutch government’s Long Term Agreement programme. The site is ISO 15001 certified and has achieved tangible improvements through an innovative approach to its production process and a new service offering for customers.

The improvements to the production process in Maastricht were the result of a company-wide operational excellence programme. The hot air used to dry materials in one of the plant’s production lines was recirculated in the drying process thereby minimizing energy losses. This innovation alone led to a 15-20 % improvement in energy efficiency for the drying process and is now being deployed in the other Sibelco operations.

Fibre glass manufacturers are one of the main customer groups for the Maastricht site. Sibelco developed technology to recycle the production waste of these customers. Not only does this avoid customers having to send their residues to landfill, it is also an energy efficient way to produce new materials for the production of fibre glass. Compared to raw material, this process leads to a CO2 reduction in the supply chain of 30 %.

Both initiatives were recognized in the Netherlands at regional level – as a contributor to the Limburg Energy Pact (Limburg Energie Akkoord) – and at national level by the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy. The site was one of three nominees for the Ministry’s Energy Award for 2018.

  • In 2018 the European Union reached set a binding energy efficiency target for the EU for 2030 of 32.5%. In December 2018 the Dutch government agreed on a CO2 reduction target of 49% by 2030 compared to the levels of 1990.
  • Sibelco’s investments have improved the energy efficiency in the drying process in Maastricht by 15-20%
  • Recycling glass fibres leads to a CO2 reduction in the supply chain of 30%

Watch the Dutch Government video featuring Sibelco’s Process Optimization Manager Jan Janssen (Dutch language only)