"Energy efficiency lessons from the food and beverage industry” - 5th of February 2015

** To build on the momentum of the event, there will 3-full-day GREENFOODS energy training module event (free to register and attend) from 30th of March 2015 and 1st of April 2015 in Newcastle with CPD, co-organised by Newcastle University and Energy Institute). The content of material covered will be roughly similar to content covered in Green Foods Power Point.

Please contact Dr. Chian Wen Chan for more information at

Jointly organised by the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research ( and Energy Institute ( Visit the GREENFOODS website for more information.

This half-day seminar examined energy efficiency in the food and beverage industry at all scales.  See below for summaries of presentations & presentation slides.

Following the presentations delegates chose a workshop session to discuss key points around each topic area.  The day wrapped up with each group reporting back their conclusions.

The evening drinks reception launched the EI North East branch Young Professionals Network (YPN). Professionals in the early stages of their career are invited to come along to network and volunteers for the YPN committee will be sought. 

Event  schedule

12:30-13:00      EI and branch team arrive to set-up
13:00-13:30      Speakers arrive to load up presentations
13:30-14:00      Registration begins
14:00-14:10      Shared Introduction ( Swan Centre Energy Research and Energy Institute). 
14:10-14:40      Christine Walsh
14:40-15:10      Chian Wen Chan
15:10-15:20      Tea and coffee break
15:20-15:50      Will Todd
15:50-16:20      Jon Barker
16:20-16:30      Jayshree Johnstone (Innovation Vouchers)
16:30-17:10      Tea break & break-out sessions
17:10-17:25      Outcome of each breakout session (4 in total)
17:25-17:30      Closing session and filling in feedback forms
17:30-19:00      Drinks and networking session including YPN registration

Organisations registered to attend:

Newcastle University 
Resource Efficient Scotland 
Bradgate Bakery 
Crowley Carbon 
Durham County Council 
Dawn Meats 
Farm Energy Centre 
SEMCO (North East) Ltd 
Euro Quality Lambs 
North East Local Enterprise Partnership 
Energy Institute 
Carbon Architecture Ltd 
Energess Energy Services
Zeco Energy 
RCUK Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) 
Groundwork NE & Cumbria 
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board 
Energy Efficiency Verification Specialists

Summary of presentations: 

Dr. Jayshree Johnstone, SAgE Enterprise Team.
Short presentation covering Innovation Voucher scheme, available to SMEs for continued collaboration between research and industry.

Dr Chian Chan GradEI, EU GREENFOODS project: The current impediments that prevents wide scale energy efficiency implementation of SMEs in the food and beverage industry in the UK.

Newcastle’s role in GREENFOODS’ energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation especially in Food & Drinks Industry in the UK. In the project, we have actively collaborated to encourage knowledge transfer across countries and partners amongst GREENFOODS project participants on best practices and best available technologies (BATs). In the presentation, I will be talking about the role of financial incentives, energy audits, food processing (specifically in meet industry), refrigeration WikiWeb and Branch concept (calculation tool) for creating lasting impact.

Presentation CC PDF 782Kb


Christine Walsh, Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB): Energy demand in the meat industry, brief overview of UK virtual energy competence centre.

An overview of the meat industry and the supply chain along with and approximate energy usage at each phase.  Highlight the current pressures and drivers on the industry. Introduce the Sustainability clubs and also highlight some of the activity that certain companies have already implemented. Introduce a summary of VECC and ask for feedback as to what we would like to see on it.

Presentation CW PDF 1,467Kb


Jon Barker CEng MEI Chartered Energy EngineerEnergy Consultant and RPEC member: Case study of energy audit of systems used across sectors, including the food and beverage industry.

A brief overview of the basic system I use to achieve energy efficiency in any production facility. A review of the big energy using systems found in practically all production facilities followed by actual Enerjon case study review for each:

  • Heating & Ventilation (HVAC)
  • Lighting
  • Compressed air
  • Pumps, Fans and variable speed drives

Presentation JB PDF 795Kb


Will Todd, UK Beer and Pubs Association: Energy efficiency in the food, beverage and brewing industries, development of sector wide ESOS compliance scheme with BBPA for the brewing industry.

ESOS & Energy Opportunity Assessment - Taking an Industry Approach: This talk explores how taking an industry wide approach to ESOS compliance, using a standardised audit methodology can provide valuable comparators and deliver increased cost savings to businesses.

InMetriks, is a standardised methodology used to benchmark the energy efficiency of industrial plants, provide an assessment of maturity in the application of energy saving measures and identify the scale of potential future opportunities.

Carbon Architecture and the British Beer and Pub Association are running an industry wide ESOS compliance scheme for the UK brewing and pub industries based on the InMetriks methodology.  As well as meeting the basic requirements of compliance, the scheme will deliver comparative metrics, benchmarking, trend longer term performance, and identify significant cross industry opportunities for the uptake of energy efficiency measures.

Presentation WT PDF 1,483Kb