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In recent years, there has been notable progress in the
dairy industry in making the best use of energy sources as
part of their sustainability programs.
" The food industry is moving a little faster now, " Drake
said. " My feeling is that food companies can't ignore the
realities of climate change. "
ENERGY SAVINGS, EXPENSE SAVINGS
In addition to making changes for the sake of the environment
on a local and global scale, processors also pursue energysaving
or energy-optimizing features to help their bottom line.
" We have invested over $3 million over the last 10 years in
energy efficiency, which has saved us at least a million a year, "
Drake said.
At Organic Valley, Rakobitsch agrees that the benefits are
multi-faceted. " Energy efficiency measures typically have
a short pay-back period. When energy efficiency measures
are implemented, a business will consume less energy and
therefore be saving money.
" I would say the industry, in general, is continually
looking for ways to improve and maximize efficiencies, "
Rakobitsch said.
ENERGY SYNERGIES
Certainly there are many opportunities for the best use of
energy in a dairy processing environment, given the fact that
energy is used (often extensively) from the receipt of raw
material to the shipping of packaged goods. Focal areas can
include heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and equipment,
with a range of energy-saving possibilities ranging from
motors with variable speed drives to solar energy for hot water
production to highly-efficient refrigeration systems.
The nature of dairy processing lends itself to unique aspects
of energy use ― and challenges. Many sites have different
temperature zones within a relatively small area. Strict
sanitation requirements impact both energy consumption and
water temperature and usage. Processing lines are often high
moisture environments.
By reviewing energy use and needs ― independently or
through an audit ― a manufacturer can identify areas that
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