A review on methods of energy performance improvement towards sustainable manufacturing from perspectives of energy monitoring, evaluation, optimization and benchmarking

Wei Cai, Lianguo Wang, Li Li, Jun Xie, Shun Jia, Xugang Zhang, Zhigang Jiang, Kee hung Lai

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Improving energy performance has been recognized as an effective measure to promote the energy saving and emission reduction and to realize the sustainable development. Methods of improving energy performance towards sustainable manufacturing are numerous and scattered, resulting in insufficiency from the perspective of overall strategies and system integration. After the intensive selection of advanced literatures, about 166 research papers directly related to energy performance improvement are analyzed. A comprehensive review and analysis from multi-perspectives of energy monitoring, evaluation, optimization and benchmarking are performed, which is conducive to understand the energy consumption pattern and take effective energy-saving measures. This paper establishes a framework of energy performance integrated method, and four energy management methods and their energy models in energy monitoring, evaluation, optimization and benchmarking phase are analyzed and summarized. Besides, the proposed framework analyzes potential applications and key advantages, and some challenges and potential opportunities for energy performance improvement methods are discussed. This study will provide a significant foundation for energy-efficient production through various methods application.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112227
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Energy
  • Energy benchmarking
  • Energy evaluation
  • Energy monitoring
  • Energy optimization
  • Sustainable manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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