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Assessing the influence of Information and Communication Technologies on energy productivity

cultural dimensions of Hofstede’s model and the consumption of renewable energies, Energy Policy , 118, July 2018, 160-168. Romm, J. (2002). The internet and the new energy economy. Resources, Conservation and Recycling , 36(3), October 2002, 197-210. Sapprasert, K. (2007). The impact of ICT on the growth of the service industries , Working Papers on Innovation Studies 20070531, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, revised Apr 2010. World Economic Forum (2018). What is ‘networked readiness’ and why does it matter

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Energy efficiency solutions for driers used in the glass manufacturing and processing industry

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Energy conservation is relevant to increasing efficiency in energy projects, by saving energy, by its’ rational use or by switching to other forms of energy. The goal is to secure energy supply on short and long term, while increasing efficiency. These are enforced by evaluating the companies’ energy status, by monitoring and adjusting energy consumption and organising a coherent energy management. The manufacturing process is described, starting from the state and properties of the raw material and ending with the glass drying technological processes involved. Raw materials are selected considering technological and economic criteria. Manufacturing is treated as a two-stage process, consisting of the logistic, preparation aspect of unloading, transporting, storing materials and the manufacturing process itself, by which the glass is sifted, shredded, deferrized and dried. The interest of analyzing the latter is justified by the fact that it has a big impact on the final energy consumption values, hence, in order to improve the general performance, the driers’ energy losses are to be reduced. Technological, energy and management solutions are stated to meet this problem. In the present paper, the emphasis is on the energy perspective of enhancing the overall efficiency. The case study stresses the effects of heat recovery over the efficiency of a glass drier. Audits are conducted, both before and after its’ implementation, to punctually observe the balance between the entering and exiting heat in the drying process. The reduction in fuel consumption and the increase in thermal performance and fuel usage performances reveal the importance of using all available exiting heat from processes. Technical faults, either in exploitation or in management, lead to additional expenses. Improving them is in congruence with the energy conservation concept and is in accordance with the Energy Efficiency Improvement Program for industrial facilities.

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The cultural heritage circulation in a globalized world: Should we build stronger borders or stronger bridges?

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The scope of this paper is to explore if the free market and its corollaries - private property and the freedom to trade both nationally and internationally - are compatible with the conservation, search and optimal use of heritage goods. Our argument starts from the fact that culture is not a free-floating wraith but a set of tangible and intangible elements that are attributed special spiritual signification by the present generation and that are dependent on scarce material means to be expressed and passed on to our heirs. By taking scarcity as our starting point, we will provide an economic analysis of the implications that follow from the alternative approaches that can be employed to manage heritage goods, namely, a private property order coordinated through prices or a public property form of organisation coordinated through orders and interdictions. After tracing the implications of these two general principles of allocating resources, we will briefly look at how heritage goods are regulated, both on a national and international level, to gain a better understanding of the spirit that permeates the "rules of the game." Finally, we are going to see how the two general principles (market vs command and control) apply to the debate raging between the cosmopolites and the nationalists regarding the international trade in heritage goods. After carefully scrutinising some of the arguments put forward in this dispute over the appropriate means to be used, we conclude that free markets and free trade are the only adequate ways for reaching the objective sought by those on both sides of the debate.

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International Oil Companies Sustainability after Oil Price decline

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Burden of industrial waste and potential for recycling: technological, economic and environmental aspects

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The energy performance contract - key towards energy efficiency in Europe?

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Using non-parametric technical data envelopment analysis - DEA, for measuring productive technical efficiency

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Adoption of Circular Economy concepts and practices by Portuguese Citizens and Companies

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Obligatory versus voluntary energy audits: are there differences in quality?

energy efficiency by quantifying non-energy benefits. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 28(3-4), 171-183. Elsevier BV. Rasmussen, J. (2014). Energy-efficiency investments and the concepts of non-energy benefits and investment behaviour. eceee Industrial Summer Study Proceedings : Retool for a competitive and sustainable industry (Vol. 2, pp. 733-744). Linköping University, Business Administration. Rosenow, J., & Bayer, E. (2017). Costs and benefits of Energy Efficiency Obligations: A review of European programmes. Energy Policy

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