Insulation can help European industries cut down on their fuel consumption by 620 Pj, the equivalent of the energy consumption by 10 million families, as well as on their carbon dioxide emissions. This comes out of the European Industrial Insulation Foundation in its report analyzing potential energy savings to be had from insulation in all regions, sectors, equipped structures and temperatures attrezzature with the right instrumentation. The study shows that the potential in question is not currently exploited and that European industries are losing energy and money every day; indeed, the analysis shows that more than 10% of industrial plant elements are not thermically insulated or are coated with harmful insulation materials. Moreover, the level of insulation is generally low due to cost considerations: this happens because only maximum surface temperature requirements are taken into consideration.
It is practically definite that the European directive aims at reducing energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020; this goal can be reached also through better maintenance and optimum insulation of plant systems.
Among other things, investments on thermal insulation are generally recuperated in less than a year. Within the context of the European Union this would represent 3.5 billion euro savings a year to industry.