Effective energy management has quickly become a business necessity in the food and drinks industry. With more competition, lower margins and higher energy costs, manufacturers are starting to change their way of thinking and rather than looking at energy as acceptable business expense, they are looking at how they can reduce not only their energy cost, but also the impact their business is having on the planet.
In the UK alone, the food processing industry is one of the largest single manufacturing sectors. The energy intensities associated with intensive heating, cooking, cooling, drying, storage and distribution are such that major efforts within the industry to reduce GHG emissions are recognised as essential.
To ensure that reduction strategies are successful, energy data will be required for all the different processes involved in the many ranges and types of food production. This will mean monitoring and measuring the energy associated with individual production lines and associated plant and equipment. The data collected will enable the carbon foot printing of not only the production facilities, but also that of the product.