Project Description (long)

IEE-project ended 11/2015 – but the vision goes on.

The overall objective of the GREENFOODS project was to lead the European food and beverage industry to high energy efficiency and reduction of fossil carbon emissions in order to ensure and foster the world wide competitiveness, improve the security of energy supply and guarantee the sustainable production in Europe.

GREENFOODS mainly addresses dairies, the meat industry, drink industry (breweries and fruit juice), bakeries, baby food, cereal producer, animal food and the fish industry.

Utilising the expertise of the 14 partners from Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland and Austria the following main results have been achieved:

GREENFOODS Branch Concept is a tool for identification and evaluation of energy efficiency measures and the integration of renewable energy in the food and beverage industry supported by the GREENFOODS WikiWeb, an online compendium on unit operations, process technologies, energy supply, energy efficiency, renewable energy and best practice examples

GREENFOODS has performed more than 200 basic and 45 detailed energy audits focussing on and evaluating the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy followed by 11 implementations (compared to a number of 5 foreseen) of identified measures in the European food and beverage industry. All 11 companies were accompanied through an implementation phase, covering all selected sub-sectors and company sizes from medium to micro-enterprises. Energy efficiency measures were implemented both at the process level (e.g. optimisation of heating and cooling rate of the process) and the system level (e.g. heat recovery from process and chiller). Innovative cooling systems, switchovers from steam to hot water distribution, CHP systems, solar thermal and PV or replacement of coal burner were also implemented. They will act as frontrunners highlighting the proven potential and results will be actively disseminated.

Funding and Financing Schemes have been evaluated (existing ones) and compared to the demand of SMEs of the food and beverage industry to identify soft barriers. Based on this recommendations for a tailor-made funding and financing schemes for European food and beverage industry (focus SMEs) has been developed and presented to policy makers. A Training Course has been developed and several trainings all across Europe have been performed on energy efficiency, specific tools directed to energy savings, the use of renewable energy and CO2 reduction in the food and beverage industry. This training will be integrated in the EUREM training course.

To ensure the sustainability of GREENFOODS a network of Virtual Energy Competence Centres (VECC) has been established in the partner countries and will be further extended. These national one-stop-shops for knowledge transfer, training, measurement equipment rental, consultancy, networking, etc. will act as contact points for all interested target groups. GREENFOODS has developed a huge pool of results, reports and dissemination material that has been recognised all across Europe culminated in the invitation to present the project at the COP21 in Paris in December 2015. Further information, detailed results and supporting publishable material is available online .