The EC Horizon 2020 ICCEE project runs for 36 months and addresses the energy auditing issues in the cold supply chains of the food and beverage sectors.
The food and beverage sector is at the heart of EU’s economy representing around 12.8% of the value added in manufacturing and The embedded energy in all food consumed accounts for more than 25% of the EU-27 total final energy consumption. There are number of reasons why improving energy efficiency in the food and beverage sector’s supply chain remains key, which also constitute the two foundations of ICCEE to develop a decision support tool (for performing an energy flow and impact analysis through the supply chain and supporting the implementation of energy efficiency measures) and create an energy culture within companies.
ICCEE outputs will be tailored to address different system boundaries of the sub-sectors to encompass the varying production processes, the steps in the supply chain and their respective inputs and outputs.
The aim of ICCEE is to facilitate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) belonging to supply chains in the food and beverage sector to undertake energy efficiency measures after carrying out overall supply chain energy audits. Specifically, these companies belong to different sectors and stages of the production processes (from agriculture, livestock and aquaculture, food processing, packaging, logistic, waste treatment and disposal sectors). To achieve that, ICCEE will implement capacity building programs and steer SMEs decisions for energy saving investments with support tools. In addition, existing financing schemes for SMEs will be assessed and the optimal ones will be recommended to support the implementation of energy efficiency measures. ICCEE will focus on the food and beverage sector and implement a tailored capacity building programme that suits the specificities of the sector1. In more detail, the level of analysis will be on sub-sectors characterized by cold chains, since they have significant energy requirements in refrigeration throughout the overall supply chain and can thus deliver substantial energy savings. In particular, the focus will be on the following sub-sectors of the food and beverage or of other industries related to food and beverage products (such as the catering industry): i.e., beverages, dairy products, fish, frozen foods, fruits and vegetables, meat, and Horeca. ICCEE is characterised by its approach to result in action, thereby both developing a tailor-made tool for each sub-sector and applying this tool to improve energy efficiency in the EU’s food and beverage sector as a whole.