ICE-E Improving cold storage equipment in Europe

Free energy saving tools for cold store industry

Surveys carried out have demonstrated that energy savings of 30-40% are achievable by optimising usage of cold stores, repairing current equipment and by retrofitting of energy efficient equipment. However, cold store operators are often hesitating to install new equipment without sufficient evidence on how much money can be saved. 

To reduce the energy consumption of cold stores in Europe, the ICE-E project has been launched to assist operators in the European food cold storage sector. Based on facts and figures, this project will prove savings and payback times of new technologies and make that information available to all cold chain industry related players by offering several free of charge energy saving tools like detailed audits by an international team of experts, case studies and best practices examples, models to select equipment, e-learning for employees, library with publications, etc.

Another free tool for European cold store operators is the online survey and benchmarking - available in 7 different languages and taking only 15 to 20 minutes to complete. This tool offers the opportunity to compare, immediately after filling out the survey, the own energy consumption per m3 against hundreds of other cold stores across Europe in the database according to selected criteria of the participant.

Refrigeration is one of the most energy-intensive technologies used in the food supply chain and poses a number of sustainability-related challenges related to energy consumption. The cold chain is believed to be responsible for approximately 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions through direct and indirect (energy consumption) effects.

The overall aim of the ICE-E project is to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the European food cold storage sector through application of energy efficient equipment choices in line with European policy. ICE-E is funded by the EACI (Executive Agency for Competitiveness & Innovation) and involves 9 teams from across Europe, among which ColdstoreExpertiseCenter.com.

More detailed information can be found at www.ice-e.eu