Newsletter #2 - November 2020


Dear readers,

We are happy to share this second issue of our project newsletter with you: you will find dates and links to our first training sessions, held in various countries in national languages (Latvia, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, etc.). Join us in these free online courses to learn more on how to improve energy efficiency management in cold chains of the food and beverage sector.

You will also find links to our latest publications, reports or peer-reviewed scientific papers, a short video summarising the latest months’ progress and coming events.

Finally, I would like to invite you to read this opinion piece published on EurActiv highlighting the importance of the cold chain in dealing with the COVID19 pandemic and its future vaccine: “The biggest challenge for COVID-19 vaccines is the cold supply chain".  

Enjoy reading,

Simone Zanoni, University of Brescia, Coordinator of ICCEE

TRAININGS – information and agendas

Our ICCEE free digital trainings are starting this month, join us to learn more on:

-        energy efficiency in the cold chains of the food and beverage sector,

-        the potential of the cold chains of the food and beverage industries in saving energy,

-        the ISO 50001 energy efficiency certification system,

-        the different non-energy benefits derived from savings,

-        the economic viability characteristics

-        and learn more from practical cases!

Our training programme is aimed at workers in the food and beverage industry and those responsible for energy management, as well as from other areas of the food value chain: production, distribution or logistics. It may also be of interest to engineers, auditors, researchers or industry associations. Do not hesitate, share the information with your teams and join us, this is free.

Past sessions:

November 11-12 for the Latvian course, 16h30-19h

November 17 for the Spanish one, 9h30-14h30

Coming sessions:

November 27 and 30 for the Italian, 14h-16h30

January 2021: ATEE and ANIA will organise the French training. More soon.

Missed a session? More are coming, stay tuned on our website and social media accounts.

Take part!


Supply chain energy impact analysis and best practices: report and factsheets available!

To achieve ICCEE objective to improve energy efficiency in the cold chain of the food and beverage sector, a thorough analysis of the supply chain energy performance is needed to understand where the energy consumption comes from and how to reduce it at the different stages of the supply chain. This report, authored by UNIBS, defines the supply chain and the boundaries of the cold chains of different products, including details on the temperature requirements. It includes a model supporting the analysis of energy consumption through the supply chain, determined by the refrigeration requirements of both storage and transport activities, as well as quality losses. Finally, best practices of energy efficiency measures to improve the energy performance of the supply chain are provided, also available as separate factsheets per measure. View the report.

Intervention strategy to non-energy related benefits and energy-related behavioural aspects in the cold chain and their implications for the ICCEE tool

What does the setup of a cold supply chain generally look like? To what degree do companies cooperate along the cold supply chain with regard to energy efficiency? What is the relevance of non-energy benefits along the supply chain as compared to the individual perspective? What are particular behavioural/ organizational challenges with regard to energy efficiency improvements along the cold supply chains? Those are questions this report, authored by Fraunhofer, answers! This ICCEE report investigates on: the role of energy efficiency, the relevance of non-energy benefits and the influence of behavioural and organizational aspects with regard to energy efficiency along cold supply chains.

Energy efficiency from farm to fork? On the relevance of non-energy benefits & behavioural aspects along the cold supply chain

This paper was published in the eceee proceedings of the Industrial Efficiency conference. Though cooling is an ancient concept to preserve food, only modern artificial cooling and freezing made it possible to offer high quality food worldwide and independently of the season. This makes cooling and freezing important energy end-uses in the food industry: they are responsible for about 30 % of electricity consumption. Energy efficiency could thus be of remarkable importance for companies operating in this field. Energy efficiency measures can entail, additionally to the evident energy savings, non-energy related benefits, e.g. enhanced competitiveness, reduced maintenance requirements or an improved working environment. When it comes to whole cold supply chains, behavioural and organizational aspects seem to be important for decision making about energy efficiency as well, because factors affecting decisions in individual organizations may also occur as cross-organizational issues. This paper investigates both aspects more in-depth along the cold supply chain of the food sector, thereby moving from the single company perspective to a full supply chain assessment.