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A behavioral change-based approach to energy efficiency in a manufacturing plant
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology. (SBER)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4405-1056
Volvo Construction Equipment.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Built Environment and Energy Technology.
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2018 (English)In: Energy Efficiency, ISSN 1570-646X, E-ISSN 1570-6478, Vol. 11, no 5, p. 1103-1116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the realm of industrial energy efficiencystudies, very little research has been done to understandthe barriers and opportunities to influence behavior ofproduction workers and the corresponding energysavingpotentials. This paper analyzes a case study ofVolvo Construction Equipment AB in Braås, Sweden(VCE Braås), that has reduced its relative idle electricityuse by more than 10 percentage points during 2013–2016 by implementing a strategy of changing everydaybehavior of production workers. The results based oninterviews with actors involved in the energy efficiencyproject showed that a concrete goal, the employment ofa fulltime operational leader who earlier worked as aproduction worker at VCE Braås, and the involvementof both the leadership and employees in project managementwere key to the success of the project.

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 11, no 5, p. 1103-1116
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Industry, Energy efficiency, Energy management, Behavior
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Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70948DOI: 10.1007/s12053-017-9581-9ISI: 000432748200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70948DiVA, id: diva2:1183104
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-07-12Bibliographically approved

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