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November 23, 2015

Food giants shoot for 100% renewable energy target

Unilever and Mars were among the first household names in the food and drink industry to announce plans for a 100% shift to renewable energy.

But few of them have a specific deadline, while some still heavily rely on biomass, which is controversial, because of potential competition with food crops.

A move to cleaner fuels and measures to cut energy consumption have already enabled food and drink manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions by 22% between 1990 and 2012, according to the European Environment Agency.

In total, fuel consumption across the food and drink industry was slashed by 65% between 1990 and 2012, according to EEA figures.

Most of these [...]

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October 23, 2015

EU on course to miss primary energy savings goal for 2020, latest Commission statistics show

Cogeneration can help to improve energy efficiency across the European Union. But many member states and the EU as a whole are not reaping the full potential of the primary energy they are consuming, shows new data released by the European Commission.

The EU is aiming to improve energy efficiency by 20% by 2020 via the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). Following the EED’s entry into force in 2012, each country had to set its own indicative energy efficiency target, expressed in both final and primary energy savings. Cogeneration – also known as combined heat and power (CHP) – was identified as an important principle for achieving the 20% goal, and [...]

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October 13, 2015

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation Market Trends and Forecast, 2012 – 2018

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems are used to generate both electricity and heat energy. In CHP, the heat generated during electricity generation is captured and used for heating purposes. It ultimately increases the efficiency of the system by avoiding heat losses. CHP systems can reduce carbon emissions by up to 29% as compared to conventional systems. CHP is used in a wide range of applications including residential, commercial and industrial where there is requirement of both electricity and heat.

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July 2, 2015

ENER-G publishes farmers’ guide to the financial benefits of waste energy

Biogas generation specialist ENER-G has published a free guide to help British farmers gain financial benefits from turning farm waste into energy via anaerobic digestion.

‘The Essential Farmers’ Guide to the Financial Benefits of Waste Energy’  details the financial incentives on offer. These include the government’s Feed in Tariff (FiT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which can provide an attractive 20-year income for renewable energy generation. Other incentives are also highlighted, such as grants to assess feasibility of on-farm anaerobic digestion and business planning.

Farmers can use the guide to find out what factors to consider [...]

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