European-Headquartered Global Food Manufacturer | ENGIE Impact

European-Headquartered Global Food Manufacturer

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Food Manufacturing
Sustainability Transformation

The Challenge

With a 2040 zero-carbon commitment made by a European-headquartered global food manufacturer, the industry leader looked to achieve this by optimizing operations through energy efficiency measures, all identified, prioritized and backed by data.

The food manufacturer knew they’d need a partner experienced in smart energy system planning, efficiency engineering, energy economics and simulation tools, so they turned to ENGIE Impact as their partner of choice.

The Solution

In order to develop a successful zero-carbon strategy, ENGIE Impact designed a four-part engagement that ensured executive buy-in on strategy, a data-backed prioritization process and a proven implementation process.

  1. Engage Stakeholders: Conducted working sessions to understand processes and key performance indicators.
  2. Identify Opportunities: Analyzed site production, energy and HVAC data to determine the largest opportunities.
  3. Simulate Scenarios: Perform state-of-the-art simulation to see which investment options are viable to reach a decarbonization goal and select the best investment strategy.
  4. Implement Strategies: Launch the identified investment strategies and measure the outcomes to determine a feasible company-wide rollout.

As the food manufacturer knew, selecting strategies that will produce the most progress-to-goal can be a challenge. ENGIE Impact understands this barrier and utilized their in-house simulation tool PROSUMER to identify the best investment mix for the food manufacturer. PROSUMER is an intuitive simulation tool that implements a holistic approach to analyzing a wide range of investment options in various scenarios.

The Results

Leveraging ENGIE Impact’s expertise and robust simulation tools, the food manufacturer was able to identify the best investment strategy to reach zero carbon in its factory by 2040 in the most cost-efficient and reliable way.

The solution designed by ENGIE Impact includes 100% renewable energy source, full decarbonization, long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) and biogas supply. The benefits of these solutions include:

  • Emissions Avoidance: Committing to a full decarbonization program results in 116,000 tons of CO2 avoidance.
  • Optimized Operations: Investing in efficiency strategies and technology increases site production by 8%.
  • Increased Profitability: Implementing a zero-carbon strategy and optimizing operations increases the site NPV by 37%.

The food manufacturer’s partnership with ENGIE Impact resulted in a clear, simulation-based, actionable investment roadmap. This provided the business case to gain executive approval of capital expenditures required to support renewable energy and decarbonization goals.

The insight the food manufacturer gained from this project not only identified investment options to fully decarbonize, but also to improve operations and reduce costs. It ensures NPV improvements that are impactful and lasting. As the customer shifts to a global decarbonization strategy by 2040, ENGIE Impact will be best positioned to join forces to implement the decarbonization roadmap for all its industrial sites.

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