Resource Efficient Innovations Database (REID)

Cross-regional initiative to cut energy consumption in cooling refrigeration technology

< Back to search results
Cross-regional initiative to cut energy consumption in cooling refrigeration technology
An EU-funded project aims to improve the energy efficiency of cooling plants in the food and drink sector
In Development – The research project runs from June 2012 to December 2015, although some results will be disseminated before the end date.

Resource efficiency (e.g. filling line efficiency)

Product Categories
Drinks, Food

Relevant Materials
Not Applicable

Relevant Packaging Formats
Not Applicable

Supply Chain Phase


Partly funded by the EU’s Intelligent Energy-Europe programme, the COOL-SAVE project aims to reduce industrial energy consumption in cooling installations (especially vapour compression mechanical systems) in the food and drink sector through the dissemination of cost effective energy efficiency strategies. These strategies will be based on the cost-benefit analysis of real data coming through from a representative sample of 25 refrigeration plants covering all the different types of climate zones in Europe. In addition, the research consortium will complement their analysis by using specific simulation models. Once defined, a series of good practice guidelines will be developed, tested and disseminated in order to make decision-makers in the food and drink industry aware of the different available options they have to improve their cooling systems. With the help of trade and industry associations, the projects results will be disseminated to food and drink companies throughout Europe via a series of workshops, conferences and specific communication activities.
In total, the project aims to develop a series of 30 energy saving strategies covering the various climate regions, and to improve the energy efficiency of at least 25 refrigeration plants.
The project has a budget of over Euro1.75million, and is 75% funded by the European Commission. It is co-ordinated by the Instituto Tecnologico de Castilla y Leon, Spain, and has a total of nine partners from 6 countries.
The first step of the Project is the selection of the 25 companies representing the sector in Europe to participate in the programme. Their energy consumption for cooling will be studied and a series of measures to boost their savings will be proposed. The co-ordinator reports that multinationals such as Coca Cola, Campofrío, Angulas Aguinaga, Hero, Heineken and Pescanova are some of the companies that have shown their willingness to participate in this initiative.
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

By significantly improving energy efficiency, this project has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon impact associated with refrigeration of chilled food.

Intellectual Property

The key findings of this project will be disseminated to all stakeholders in the chilled food and drink industry via a series of events and best practice guidance documents. A project web site will also be developed.

Consultant View

Refrigeration represents a significant share of the carbon impact associated with chilled food chains. Improving the energy efficiency of refrigeration plants can only be a positive action, potentially resulting in both reduced environmental impact and cost-savings. All stakeholders in the chilled food chain are encouraged to follow the progress of this research and development project, and to take advantage of the best practice guidelines and dissemination workshops planned by the project partners. Companies interested in participating in the programme should make contact with the co-ordinators.

Contacts and Further Information

Project Co-ordinator:
Maite Cobo
Instituto Tecnologico de Castilla y Leon
Tel: +34 947 29 84 71
For more information about the project, see

Copyright 2013 WRAP | Terms | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Cookies Policy Contact Us |