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Improving Cold Chain Energy Efficiency

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ICCEE (Improving Cold Chain Energy Efficiency)

Reporting period: 2019-09-01 to 2021-02-28

The ICCEE (Improving Cold Chain Energy Efficiency) project will facilitate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the cold chains of the food and beverage sector to undertake energy efficiency measures (EEMs) after carrying out supply chain energy audits. The focus on the cold chains of the sector is due to the significant energy requirements (refrigerated transport, processing and storage) with large potentials for savings. The implementation of the holistic approach, shifting from the single company perspective to the chain assessment, lead to increased opportunities for EEMs. To enable the update of EEMs, ICCEE will a) implement and apply an analytical energy efficiency tool to support and facilitate decision-making at different company organisational levels and b) launch a capacity building program towards staff and relevant stakeholders and a community dedicated to support a change in energy culture of the sector. The feasibility of EEMs will be evaluated by considering economic, environmental and social impacts encompassing their entire life cycle and the entire supply chain. Non-energy benefits and behavioural aspects will also be addressed and recommendations on financing schemes for SMEs will be assessed. The first part of the trainings will reach 300 companies through 20 national workshops thanks to the collaboration of associations in the consortium.
32 companies will be trained for the use of the tool in 4 EU workshops. At a final step, ICCEE will launch e-learning courses, which will be available also beyond the project’s lifetime reaching at least additional 64 companies. ICCEE will introduce primary energy savings (118 GWh/year), increase invested capital in sustainable energy (64 million €), and reduce GHG emissions (40,376 tonCO2/year). Capacity building activities allow to increase stakeholders’ knowledge and enhance their energy culture (2000 people). Outcomes from ICCEE will also support policymakers in defining tailored policies for the sector.
The work package ‘Model formulation and optimisation’ (WP 2) started in September 2019 and finished in August 2020. The objective of this WP was to develop models and algorithms at the base of the decision support tool for evaluating the performance of the cold chains in the food and beverage industry. The output of the WP is intended also to be a resource for the training material. Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the consequent difficulties in reaching companies for data and information gathering, the deadlines for the deliverables’ release have been moved in accordance with the project officer. Despite of this, all the deliverables planned in the Annex 1 of the Grant Agreement have been released.

The work package ‘Enhancing the implementation uptake through tools and resources’ (WP 3) started in March 2020 and will be finished in April 2021. In this WP, a ready-to-use set of tools based on the developed models and algorithms in WP2 will be implemented with the objective to help optimize the uptake of energy efficiency measures across every stage of the supply chain and for assessing their implementation. The output of the WP is intended as an important resource for capacity building and training. All the deliverables planned have been submitted, expect the last one which is scheduled for 30/04/21.

The work package on Capacity Building (WP4) started in November 2019 and is currently ongoing following the schedule. The objective of this WP is to provide capacity building to energy experts and non-experts in cold supply chains energy efficiency (Food and Beverage sector), by providing face to face national trainings, EU trainings and E-learning. To reach this aim, a specific training programme and materials were prepared with the contribution from the project partners. Due to the COVID-19 situation and the difficulties to organize direct face to face trainings with a number of people in most countries, it was discussed and agreed with the Project Advisor in EASME to allow the option of direct training webinars for the national trainings.The national workshops started in most partner countries or are scheduled for the next few weeks. Currently, almost 60% of the overall target in terms of attendees to the national workshops has been reached. EU workshops are scheduled for 2021 and contents design and dates for the workshop are currently being defined.

WP5 deals with communication, dissemination, and exploitation activities, which will be tailored to address ICCEE target groups in all EU MS. The aim is to exploit in the best way the outcomes of the other WPs by disseminating the results through the available state of the art media channels, and to create an effective communication with both internal and the relevant external stakeholders. The Project communication package was the first step, with a logo, identity guidelines, templates for Excel, PowerPoint and Word, brochures in 8 languages and a poster for the Project A Project website (where all the aforementioned material is available). was developed and launched and is since then fed on a regular basis with news, events and latest deliverables. In terms of social media, a Twitter account for the project was created and is also used on an opportunity basis. Partners are now used to mention the project on Twitter. Other widely-used social media like Facebook and LinkedIN are used to share news about the project from the IEECP own accounts. A newsletter was developed, in English and translated in the partner’s languages. To date the Industry Informative Network is under development
The expected outcomes of ICCEE defined in the Grant Agreement refer to energy savings from companies and awareness raising and behaviour change.
More specifically, related to the call text the project aims to reach stakeholders in subsequent steps:
In Step 1, about 1200-1500 persons (at least 60 per national workshop) of different organizational levels from about 400 companies through direct training consisting of 20 national workshops based in different MS.
In Step 2, about 100-150 persons (at least 3 persons per company and 4 companies per Supply Chain) from companies belonging to 8 supply chains (at least 2 per EU workshop) through 4 EU workshops based on direct training on how to use and implement the tool.
In Step 3, about 200-300 experts and/or non-expert decision makers belonging to 16 additional supply chains through the e-learning platform.

Currently, only Step 1 and 3 are ongoing while Step 2 has not started yet. In Step 1, 713 persons have been directly trained in 6 national workshops and 9 additional workshops have already been planned. The e-learning platform has been recently uploaded online, hence, the numbers of reached persons are still limited. These persons (both engaged during Step 1 and Step 3) increased their awareness and enhanced the energy culture according to the Quality Check of the Training Monitoring activities

The increased know-how and awareness supported also the implementation of energy efficiency measures through investments which leads to energy savings and CO2 reduction. These impacts, however, have not been evaluated yet and the estimation of the Grant Agreement are still valid. Step 2 will facilitate also this evaluation since ICCEE Partners will directly support supply chains of the food and beverage industry in prioritising the energy efficiency measures.
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