EENOVA: Energy Efficiency in regioNal fOod Processing Value chAins

EENOVA is dedicated to addressing the key challenges associated with the food chain’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Our primary objectives revolve around promoting energy-efficient solutions, evaluating and enhancing energy efficiency, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint within five regional value chains spanning five distinct food processing subsectors and countries.

These value chains and their respective locations are as follows:

  • Bakery – Austria (AT)
  • Meat – Romania (RO)
  • Water and soft drinks – Lithuania (LT)
  • Winery – Bulgaria (BG)
  • Dairy – Slovenia (SI)

EENOVA’s overarching goal is to guide businesses operating within these value chains towards the realisation and implementation of tailored energy-related improvements.
Our methodology revolves around harnessing the unique regional characteristics of these value chains, primarily consisting of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger enterprises (LEs). We achieve this by identifying common steps that promote awareness, collaboration, and the effective implementation of energy-efficient practices among individual companies belonging to specific food processing value chains. This focus on individual and interrelated conditions within the value chains takes into account the regional variations in legislation, standardisation, and business environments.
The expected energy-related impact of our intervention is significant.

Drawing on the successes of our five case studies, EENOVA will develop an adaptable replication model that can be applied to other value chains within the same or different regions and sectors. The adoption of this model will be facilitated through the active involvement of key stakeholders, including sector associations and representatives from the finance sector.

Furthermore, our project partners collaborate closely to identify innovative solutions that encompass technological enhancements, sustainable business models, and necessary policy measures. This collaboration is intended to bolster the food processing subsectors, enabling them to embrace energy-efficient practices and become energy-smart.

Coordinator: ConPlusUltra
Contact person: Harald Grill

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