The European umbrella association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, Euromap, is planning to introduce an energy label for plastics and rubber machinery. An important European industry - the sector comprises some 3,700 companies with 100,000 employees - energy efficiency has in recent years become a major theme.
This has to some extent been fueled by this industry's growing awareness of the need to cut carbon emissions and to improve its sustainability performance. These days, customers are looking to do business with companies they see as contributing to an energy sustainability solution, not contributing to the problem.
However, other considerations also play a role. As the cost and variability of energy in Europe continues to rise, companies throughout the industry are seeking ways to cut their energy costs and improve their competitiveness in the global market. At an increasing number of companies, therefore, energy management is becoming a strategic choice.