Energy-intensive industries

The industry sector accounts for approximately 40% of global energy consumption and 25% of greenhouse gas emissions. To succeed, industry must cut emissions without sacrificing growth.

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Adopting green solutions

Industries such as steel, aluminium, cement, and chemicals manufacturing are carbon intensive. The current state of technology makes it hard to abate emissions from these industries. With demand for these materials increasing, a strong effort to decarbonise energy-intensive industries is needed.
We help clients make that transformation towards net zero a reality.
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Ramboll offers effective solutions to industry clients through a unique spectrum of services that address business strategy, technical engineering solutions and project delivery and implementation.

"Green solutions are not sustainable within industry if they don’t simultaneously improve emissions and business economics.”

Peter Kalish
advanced manufacturing officer, Ramboll

Finding your path to net zero

We begin by understanding our clients’ sustainability goals. Then we tailor solutions to the specific challenges of the client’s market, business model, manufacturing process and energy needs.
There is no one solution that fits all industries. But interventions to substantially reduce emissions will typically include:
  1. Assessing product design to identify materials and mechanical features that require less energy to produce without sacrificing performance. Where possible, circular business models (recycling, remanufacturing etc.) may be part of the solution
  2. Evaluating new production techniques and operating methods to improve quality and economic competitiveness while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
  3. Implementing energy efficiency measures through equipment upgrades, increasing use of energy reducing automation, and recovering and reusing heat discharged from infrastructure and production assets.
  4. Switching to renewable energy. Coupled with in-factory electrification, sourcing energy from renewable sources represents a large potential for decarbonisation.
In some cases, remaining residual emissions after these measures have been implemented can be abated through carbon capture and storage (CCS). Learn more about our CCS offering here.

Full project lifecycle support

From integrating low-carbon technologies to designing energy efficient production processes, our team has the experience needed to help clients compete in the emerging global economy. We support the full project lifecycle across multiple energy-intensive industries, including metals, chemicals, cement, food and beverage and new energy conversion technologies such as batteries and fuel cells and electrolysers.
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  • Anna Ekdahl

    Anna Ekdahl

    Director, Energy Intensive industries

    +45 51 61 37 41

  • Peter Kalish

    Peter Kalish


    +1 518-948-0567