CERAMIN - Energy saving concepts for the European ceramic industry

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The main objective of this project is to decrease the average amount of energy use in production processes of the ceramic industries in Europe. This will result in cost and GHG reductions in the production processes. Ceramic producers carry enormous financial burdens because of increasing fuel costs and politically driven pressures to decrease the CO2 emissions.

The ceramic industry is one of the large consumers of energy in Europe. Energy costs account for over 30 % of total production costs. European countries manufacture ceramic products with a value of approximately 26 billion p.a.

Project partners in participating countries will obtain data on current energy consumption patterns of representative ceramic enterprises through questionnaires and visits. The evaluated data and descriptions will be used to develop benchmarks and guidelines for best practice in this sector. For the dissemination of these benchmarks and practices, an EU wide voluntary competition will be implemented.

The establishment of a label (EEE - extraordinary energy efficient products) will support this implementation.


Reduction of energy consumption in production processes of the European ceramic industry.


  • Energy efficiency increases, specific production costs and CO2 emissions decrease through optimisation of production processes
  • Strengthening of the market positions of participating producers.
  • Implementing of a label relating to energy use ("extraordinary energy efficient label") leads to a positive EU-wide voluntary competition.

Major steps

  1. Analysis of established production processes in representative enterprises through questionnaires and on-site visits.
  2. Adoption of a methodical approach to define the project steps and measurements (definitions, data collection, label awarding: trial period and implementation).
  3. Involvement of representative enterprises of major sub-branches of the ceramic industry in execution of the project.
  4. Development of benchmarks and guidelines for best practice (to set up criteria for the extraordinary energy efficient label award).
  5. Trial period of label awarding, adjustment and optimisation of benchmarks and verification procedures.
  6. Implementation of label awarding.
  7. Dissemination of project results through different types of media.

Expected Results

  • Characteristics of energy consumption patterns and description of state of the art in the ceramic industry.
  • Setting of benchmarks and establishing criteria for EEE-label (extraordinary energy efficient production/products).
  • Production of a "Guide of verification methodology".
  • Setting up questionnaires for verification and label awarding
  • Tutorial for Energy Saving in the ceramic industry.
  • Development of certificate documents for the label award.
  • Label design and awarding at an international conference.
  • Writing of press announcements, newspaper articles; information of consumerism organisations.
  • Holding of national and international workshops and conferences.
  • Creation of a web-site.
  • Dissemination of energy efficiency technologies and methodologies within ceramic industry.