JOURNAL: Energy, material, and resource efficiency for industrial decarbonisation: A systematic review of sociotechnical systems, technological innovations, and policy options

Summary

Authors:

Jinsoo Kim
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Morgan Bazilian
Steve Griffiths
Minyoung Yang

Hanyang University
University of Sussex
Aarhus University
Boston University
Colorado School of Mines
Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Energy, material, and resource efficiency for industrial decarbonisation: A systematic review of sociotechnical systems, technological innovations, and policy options

Energy Research & Social Science

June 2024

This paper explores how improving energy, material and resource efficiency is crucial for industrial decarbonisation, offering benefits like cost savings, increased energy and resource security, and increased productivity. Despite its potential, however, efficiency practices are underutilised. Through a comprehensive review of more than 2.8 million references and 380 studies on industrial decarbonisation, the paper examines the socio-technical aspects of industrial supply chains, from raw materials and feedstocks, pre-processing, manufacturing, to waste and recycling. Barriers to decarbonisation, including economic and organisational challenges, are identified, along with policy measures to overcome them. The paper concludes by outlining areas for further research.