Philibert Savours is a small enterprise in the agribusiness sector with approximately 40 employees. Its main activity is the production and commercial distribution of liquid and dehydrated yeasts. It has a long history of addressing environmental concerns and has been ISO 14001 certified since 2010. It has always been aware of the energy impact of its activities, the importance to identify areas of high energy consumption and to the need to develop plans to reduce this.
The CCI has worked with Philibert Savours since the beginning of STEEEP using the reporting tool to quickly identify energy performance indicators. This provided comparisons of energy performances of the company. The indicator chosen was the factory’s global energy consumption in kWh (gas and electricity) compared with the quantities shipped in kg (kWh/kg). This indicator, now a part of the business’s improvement plan and linked to its operating process, is reviewed monthly to verify that the energy reduction targets are achieved.
The establishment of this key management indicator, coupled with the centralisation of the energy use data, has allowed Philibert Savours to:
- Initiate awareness raising actions on energy use among the staff members,
- Optimise the production process and to reduce the number of times the plant starts and stops - often sources of excessive consumption,
- Consider the energy efficiency criterion when choosing new equipment and to consequently gain a better understanding of investments made in new equipment
During the STEEEP project, Philibert Savours invested € 52,000 in a new compressor for all compressed air production. It also invested € 12,800 in steam valve insulation to reduce the rate of heat loss from the equipment using steam. The key lessons learnt from the participation in the STEEEP programme were for the company to involve all actors (production, maintenance, purchasing, quality control, and direction) and to prioritise energy efficiency considerations in their investment decisions. The indicator of energy per unit of production (kWh/kg) has been beneficial from a commercial point of view. The environmental and societal considerations led the company to remove certain references that had an excessive energy impact from its offer.
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