report no. 3/12

21 Mar 2012

The consumption of energy within EU refineries plays a crucial role in determining refinery operating costs and emissions and has therefore long been a focus of attention by refinery operators. Improvements in refinery energy efficiency have resulted in net energy savings which have helped to offset the increases in energy intensity associated with increasing product demand and increasingly stringent quality requirements. This report provides data on the progress made in improving the energy efficiency of EU refineries over the past 18 years and discusses the factors which have contributed to this achievement.