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The Danish Way of Implementing a Sustainable Energy Management System
October 27, 2011   
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Energy is a scarce resource and it is getting more and more precious. Energy costs are soaring and charges are peaking. The minimization of carbon dioxide emissions is one of our greatest challenges at present. A total of 380 of the biggest energy-consuming companies in Denmark—and more than 10,000 throughout Europe—are already involved in a quota system designed to enhance a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases. If companies emit too much carbon dioxide they have to pay for it, whereas an unused quota can be sold with a good profit. There are enough reasons to implement a systematic approach in order to minimize consumption because it leads to direct economies—and new energy for an even greater input in a sustainable future.

Danisco is a part of the Dupont group and produces enzymes, emulsifiers, and other ingredients for the food industry using energy-consuming processes. The company has 80 subsidiaries in 40 countries and employs 6,800 people. The company’s plant in Grindsted, Denmark, is the world’s biggest producer of emulsifiers and energy consumption counts among one of its major expenses. This is why the company started listing its consumption of electricity, water, nitrogen, compressed air and so on in the 1990s. That has also been a good starting point for the systematic development of the energy management system. “If a company wants to reduce energy consumption, it must know its starting point. Thus improvements can be evaluated and the procedures leading to these results can be identified. We have had this solid starting point at Danisco with the help of these records,” says Peter Sørensen, Energy Manager at Danisco’s site in Grindsted.

In 2001 Dansico implemented a certified energy management system following the Danish DS 2403 standard. In 2005, it reached an agreement with the Danish Energy Agency regarding the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and became subject to EU quota legislation. This strengthened the company’s focus on energy management. In 2009, the company started the biggest energy-saving project so far which should help reduce the company’s carbon dioxide emissions to 6,000 tons per year.

“We carried out nine different projects... the result has been amazing and we have outmatched our own expectations by 25 percent, which means that we have saved 7,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This translates into 13.5 tons per employee. At the same time production increased by 9 percent. We are very proud of this,” says Sørensen.

Jørn Jensen, Marketing Manager at Bureau Veritas Certification Denmark, which verified the carbon dioxide emissions at Danisco’s site in Grindsted and also certified the plant regarding energy management standards.
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