With the 2020 emissions target looming, the need to reduce our energy use has never been greater. Industry undoubtedly has an important part to play and through sufficient expertise, and a few small changes, you can make a big difference to your plant’s carbon footprint. Steam is widely used across a number of industries and applications. Take for example the food and beverage sector, in which steam plays a vital role for a variety of processes, including blanching, bottle washing, peeling, canning and cooking. The potential for such industries to make a real difference to our collective carbon performance is therefore huge. Crucially, these improvements don’t require a major overhaul as you can make simple changes to equipment you already have in the plant. To get you started we’re sharing our top three measures which can significantly reduce your energy consumption and help you achieve impressive savings. Steam trap facts Given the current economic climate, you’ll be reassured to know that optimising the efficiency of your plant’s steam system could be easier than expected. Steam traps, for example, are the most important link in the condensate loop and can help to lower energy consumption and increase productivity. Effective steam trapping is therefore an essential process that can help you operate more sustainably.