Productivity and energy efficiency: a case study in the textile industry in Brazil

Miguel Otávio Melo, Ricardo Moreira, Vanessa Pereira


The aim of this paper is to analyze the relationship between energy efficiency and productivity from the point of view of the losses. The specific objectives are to raise the current industry productivity case, identifying the existing energy losses; and to raise the potential for improvement and simulate the new level of productivity in face of improvements caused by energy efficiency. The research is a case study in the textile sector industry in the Northeast of Brazil. Variables of production and energy efficiency were analyzed: energy management, power systems, lighting systems, and calculated productivity. In conclusion, it is shown that there is a direct relationship between the variables of energy efficiency and productivity with a reduced consumption of electricity of 4.74 % and an increase of 4.96 % in terms of productivity in the industry.


Productivity and energy efficiency; Textile industries; Energy losses

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