Industry is about producing more, more, more. And that means sucking up more and more energy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If industrial development is viewed through an efficiency lens, America could grow its industrial strength while using substantially less energy.
As part of its Reinventing Fire series, the Rocky Mountain Institute has outlined a plan for increasing the U.S. industrial base 84 percent by 2050 while using 9 percent less energy. The plan is founded on a concept RMI has been championing for many years: integrative design. By taking advantage of system-wide efficiency opportunities at facilities rather than one-off projects, the need for expensive pieces of equipment diminishes, often reducing the upfront cost and accelerating savings.
RMI has produced a great new video on the concept. It’s worth a look:
- Energy efficiency, Part 2: The limitless resource
- Picking up the $500 Billion Bill on The Ground: Driving the Next Industrial Revolution Through Efficiency