Project Coodinator Web and dissemination Project website www.ecoinflow.com Henning Horn InnovaWood Norsk Treteknisk Institutt The European Forestry House [email protected] [email protected] Phone: +47 90 037013 Phone: +32 2 2392300 News The end of year was closed by organising the project meeting in Jeglava, Latvia. The meeting was hosted by project partner AmberWood together with MeKe (Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Institute). Being the last project meeting, the consortium team focused on defining the final tasks and objectives which will help to bring Ecoinflow to a successful end and reach the project targets. IS03 WINTER EDITION ECOINFLOW - Energy Control for Information Flow Ecoinflow: Approaching to its end PROJECT PARTNERS: Norsk Treteknisk Institutt (NO) SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SE) Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (DE) Henning Horn Senior Researcher at Treteknisk Project Coordinator IN THIS ISSUE Ecoinflow: Approaching to its end L'Institut Technologique Forêt Cellulose Bois-construction Ameublement (FR) The Norwegian Sawmill Industries Association (NO) InnovaWood (BE) Deutsche Säge- und Holzindustrie (DE) Having in mind that Ecoinflow is approaching to its end, the project partners are strongly committed to more intensive project promotion. The planned dissemination activities include the training sessions organised for Norwegian, German and Italian sawmills, the benchmark tool promotion event at Xylofutur (France) in January 2015, and post-project dissemination at Ligna fair May 2015, in Hannover. Fédération Nationale du Bois (FR) BSW Timber (UK) Mühlböck (AT) Bergkvist-Insjön AB (SE) AmberWood LTD (LV) Project Coordinator: Norsk Treteknisk Institutt | p: +4790037013 | f: +4790037013 WWW.ECOINFLOW.COM The last twelve months of Ecoinflow project were marked by intensive work on the benchmark tool, consolidation of the sawmill network and testing of the pilot version of the Ecoinflow handbook. In total fifty sawmills joined the network and more than eighty were visited by project experts. Valuable feedbacks were obtained from network members in regards to the Ecoinflow handbook and the possibilities of EnMS implementation in sawmill industry in general. Several case studies were described and incorporated in the Ecoinflow benchmark tool. The report on current and potential savings in primary energy consumption and GHG emissions of the EU Sawmill industry was produced. This document summarizes the available information on saving measures evaluated in Ecoinflow so far and puts them into context of saving targets on different levels. The updating of the EnMS handbook has been in progress and it is expected that the final version (both printed and online) will be available in the first half of March 2015. The project is planned to complete in April 2015, which gives project consortium few more months to achieve the ambitious energy saving targets and increase the promotion of EnMS implementation among the sawmill industry stakeholders. Benchmark tool New version of the handbook Consolidation of the Ecoinflow network Interview with sawmill representative Distribution of saving potentials Dissemination activities in 2014 Happy 2015 EcoInflow team New version of the handbook Benchmark tool The benchmarking methodology developed and implemented in the Ecoinflow project to compare industrial practices regarding Energy Management in the European sawmills industry. The Ecoinflow Benchmark tool offers the opportunity for companies to compare their own energy consumption to fifty European sawmills. The energy consumption of participating company is compared with the average value from other sawmills, but also with subgroups divided according to specific characteristics of the mills (including timber volume received at a sawmill, type of process (softwood or hardwood), material yield, etc.). This information will remain anonymous. The tool is based on a set of recommendations from EN 16321:2012 “Energy efficiency benchmarking methodology”. The collaborative work of research partners defined a five steps methodology, based on sound specifications and strengthened by a good understanding of European sawmill types. The search of volunteer sawmills resulted in a selection of a well-balanced panel of companies for collecting energy specific data. Practical tools were developed to ease the homogeneous implementation of the methodology by the partners in the different countries, namely Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Unites Kingdom and Latvia. The scope of the benchmarked activities includes all processes performed on a sawmill site, from the log yard (reception of the raw material) to the finished product, including internal transport but excluding external logistics (transportation from the forest or shipment to the clients). The European sawmilling industry is quite diverse in terms of plant size, production equipment and level of sawn-timber added-value. Thus, in order to be able control the energy use and follow up the energy efficiency improvements at a sawmill, it is necessary to group the energy users into manageable sizes with good enough resolution (zones). Compare your energy consumption By visiting Ecoinflow benchmark website, the sawmill can have a look on macroscopic energy data resulting from land survey done during the Ecoinflow project, but can also go further by creating its own comparison, which will allow a company to locate its level of energy consumption compared to different pre-recorded sawmills. The process consists of filling some key values of the company production profile such as sawn volumes, product type, power consumption, etc. Figure 1. Benchmark tool illustration. Some good ideas to share Moreover, the company has the opportunity to consult 'good practice' documents available on the website. These files describe virtuous actions implemented by sawmills to generate energy savings. The idea of Ecoinflow benchmark website aims to educate sawmills companies about their energy consumption and to make them aware of the importance of integrating energy management as an essential competitive lever in a gloomy economic climate. >> To access the Ecoinflow benchmark tool visit ww.sawbenchmark.com and compare the energy consumption of your sawmill. The Ecoinflow EnMS handbook is one of the main outcomes of the project. The objective of Ecoinflow is to reduce the annual energy uses in the European sawmill industry through international engagement, collaboration and knowledge transfer. The project uses the international standard ISO 50001 as a basis for implementing tailor-made Energy Management Systems (EnMSs) in the industry sector. The purpose of the handbook is to support sawmills when working with energy management. It is a guide for sawmills on how to implement a practical and usable Energy Management System (EnMS). By following the guide, sawmills will develop a framework for reducing energy use and costs in a systematic way. The first version of the EnMS handbook has been launched a year ago. This pilot version was used for testing the SawEnMS concept. During this pilot phase the consortium collected valuable feedbacks and suggestions from industry partners and members of the Ecoinflow sawmills network. The final handbook version is due to be published in March 2015. One of the major differences to pilot handbook will be the introduction of the “quick-start approach” which it is a simpler version of EnMS. This approach is intended for sawmills that have recognised that an EnMS will help them save energy and money, but do not have resources to start right away with all of the activities. Thus, only the most important actions are included to secure a continuous work with energy conservation. Compared to the full version, the tasks that have a more administrative or “indirect” character are excluded, including Energy policy, Energy targets and Internal communication. This is not to say that these steps are less important; only that a quick way of starting with EnMS can be to do the more “direct” steps first. This “light” version of SawEnMS can be scaled up to the full version at any time, by adding the remaining actions one by one. The actions included are the ones that give the largest and most immediate results. The work starts with appointing an Energy team, and then the three actions (Energy review, Action plan and Everyday activities) are repeated regularly. Figure 1. (a) Illustration of the quick-start approach of a SawEnMS implementation. (b) Full version of a SawEnMS implementation. The final EnMS handbook will also include a significant number of best practice cases and relevant examples, suggested first-time procedures, pitfalls to avoid and reference templates. The Ecoinflow team believe that proposed SawEnMS guidelines are made to ease implementation at sawmills, with relevant case studies, advice and tools that can be implemented directly. Care has been taken to design simple, yet robust and powerful tool for working with energy management. SawEnMS does not involve any certification and implies no obligations to do things in a particular way or in a particular order. However, the suggested approach is based on experience from actual EnMS implementations that have been successful. SawEnMS is largely based on the international standard for energy management systems, ISO 50001. If the sawmills follow all steps of the guide, it will create a very good starting point to make an EnMS ready for certification. Consolidation of the Ecoinflow network Alongside with a promotion of the Ecoinflow EnMS handbook, the consortium has been also working on building the network of sawmills. So far fifty sawmills around Europe became the network members. By joining to SawEnMS Ecoinflow network, the sawmills companies have an opportunity to be actively involved in knowledge transfer and training activities related to energy efficiency in sawmill industry. Jörgen Prawitz Technical Manager, Bergkvist-Insjön AB Do you have any Energy management system implemented in your production site(s)? And if you do have, could you describe it in brief? Yes, we have an ISO 50001 certified energy management systems since June 30. Though we are in the beginning of working with energy management it is difficult to specify what our savings are, but one of our goals is to save 3 % of the used energy, every year and at every production unit. In general, what are the main obstacles for sawmills to apply an EnMS? And how do you think that these could be overcome? What is stopping sawmills to implement the energy efficiency measures? The Ecoinflow team will make efforts to assure that the future of the SawEnMS will not stop with project finishing and that many more European sawmills will continue to implement successful EnMS systems beyond the project life. I think one way to get more sawmills to start an EnMS implementation would be to give them some kind of allowance. I think it would be difficult to get them to attend workshops and training sessions if they can’t see the gain in it from the start. Then they will just see it as a waste of time. I think if you could get the sawmill manager to understand the benefits of implementing an EnMS you’re well on your way. Give some good examples from template sawmills – KPI’s and values that are possible to reach with a working EnMS What will be your recommendation/message to other sawmills in regards to EnMS implementation? We found that, after some short calculations with realistic assumptions and reachable targets, it would be unwise not to do it – it is a competitive edge for us. The working procedure involved in an Energy management system after implementation can easily be transferred over to other areas such as quality improvement etc. One of the main obstacles for sawmills to implement an EnMS is that it is difficult to involve the personal and make them commit. I think that it’s important to educate the employees and inform them about what they can do on a personal level to decrease the energy use. Currently the handbook online version is available on ecoinflow.com/sawenms in 6 languages: English, French, Germany, Norwegian, Swedish and Latvian. The hard copy of the final version will be available on request from March 2015. Interview with sawmill representative Figure 3. Ecoinflow sawmill network. As member of Ecoinflow network the companies are encourage to share their experiences in energy saving with other European sawmills, build the networking capacities and participate in joint training events and initiatives. The Ecoinflow team hope that the idea of sawmill network in energy saving will continue to grow and promote the energy management good practice all around EU and worldwide. I believe that a lot of sawmills aren’t used to working with energy issues and that they just see it as extra work and don’t see the profit from it. Both money and time are needed to implement an EnMS and that makes it very important to show the profit from an EnMS. How to encourage sawmills to be more active in reducing the energy consumption and starting with an EnMS implementation? What will be the best way to engage the sawmill industry in energy efficiency initiatives? Do you think that the authorities and the equipment manufacturers have an important role in energy efficiency promotion and could they be more active and how? Photo. Ecoinflow team visiting Bergkvist-Insjön, November 2012 Distribution of saving potentials Dissemination activities in 2014 During the 2014, the Ecoinflow partners have continued to spread a word on the project among the different target groups (sawmill industry, research community, policy makers and the broader public). The promotion of the Ecoinflow online handbook, consolidation of the Ecoinflow sawmill network and rising the interest for our benchmark tool have been some of the principal dissemination activities. The project partners presented Ecoinflow outcomes during different meetings and workshops, targeting the stakeholders in Norway (e.g. Norwegian Wood Drying Club 12-13 February 2014) and Sweden (e.g. SP meetings with national energy savings project EESI and workshop in County Administrative Board of Dalarna). The project was also presented at eceee Industrial Summer Study held on 2- 5 June in Papendal, Arnhem, Netherlands. On great satisfaction of the Ecoinflow team, the project poster won the First Prize. The member of the Ecoinflow team Stefan Diederichs from Thünen Institute, presented the project poster at 9th International Softwood Conference (ISC), held on 16 - 17 October in Berlin, reaching more than 60 representatives of the softwood industry including the sawmills representatives. In September 2014 the project promotion banner was a part of the SP booth at the Wood Technology fair in Gothenburg. During last year, Ecoinflow consortium organised also two internal project meetings. Figure 3. Optimization fields to reduce the primary energy consumption and their potentials in the sawmill industry in EU 28 and Norway Ecoinflow estimated the distribution of available saving potentials in the sawmill industry in EU 28 and Norway. In the case of greenhouse gas emissions and primary energy consumption, potentially large reduction effects in Germany, Romania, Poland, Sweden, Finland and Austria are expected if the required measures are implemented. Potentials in those countries make up for more than 50 % of the total available reductions in the EU sawmill industry. Besides optimizing the drying process, refurbishment of lights, engines, conveyors and hydraulics should be focused as well as the optimization of processes in general. Photos. Project presented at different workshops, conferences and fairs. Figure 4. Potentials of reducing the primary energy consumption in the sawmill industry by country (% of total reduction potential in the sawmill industry in EU 28 and Norway) One of the meetings was held in Brussels on 23rd of July, during the sustainable energy week- EUSEW. By publishing the information on the project activities on EUSEW website and programme, the consortium used yet another opportunity to raise the project profile among broader public.
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