Site processes 350,000 litres of milk per day
Operation is temperature critical due to food safety and hygiene
Extensive steam and condensate systems
Cold stores for product maturation
Throughput varies on time of year
With annual energy costs in excess of £1 million per annum and growing, this cheese manufacturer faces considerable pressure to combat energy cost increases. Optimised Energy have worked with this client for several years, managing their Climate Change Agreement and acting as a broker for their energy purchasing. With rising energy costs, we were given the opportunity, initially for 12 months to help identify and implement ways to improve energy efficiency through capital projects, data analytics and best practise.
As one of the UK’s most respected cheese manufacturers serving retail, wholesale, food service and export markets to exacting standards, energy efficiency is not always forefront. Identifying capital projects that met rigorous investment criteria and did not impact production operation or output was tasking. The site’s processing departments share the main energy infrastructure, so implementing opportunities in these areas without disruption were challenging to ensure operational excellence and profitability are maintained.
Our engineers carried out an initial investment grade feasibility study to identify and quantify projects that met investment criteria. We then used our network of technology specialists for detailed proposals, delivered competitive tenders on qualifying projects and worked with contractors to deliver solutions.
The output of our analysis and project identification has resulted in 11 feasible projects, including 1 requiring significant investment. Currently one is complete and three are in progress and when completed will give a 12 month projected saving of £50,000. All projects are measured and verified according to International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP). Energy consumption and costs are now discussed regularly at management meetings with full visibility and opportunities are being raised by site for Optimised Energy to investigate and progress.
This manufacturer has continued to benefit from Optimised Energy’s managed energy services approach, as we dovetail energy saving projects with their energy procurement and compliance strategies to enhance both environmental and economic sustainability.
Energy intensive manufacturing environments need an integrated approach to supply and demand side energy management. At Optimised Energy we focus on squeezing the most out of existing assets, while improving operability through change management and ultimately energy efficiency retrofits. For the energy that is critical to production, we ensure that it is procured cost effectively, and as close to net-zero as possible through a individually developed trading and risk management strategies. Our Compliance team will look out for you every step of the way to keep you compliant from the myriad of legislative obligations facing industry.
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