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Integrated benchmarking and self-assessment tool - Wine Industry (AMETHYST)

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The project AMETHYST aimed to develop a benchmarking and self-assessment tool for small and mid-scale wine producers. The tool gives wineries an insight into the relative energy and water efficiency of the winery and the potentials to improve this position. Based on previous experiences with wineries it is estimated that savings of more than 20% can be obtained in a cost-effective way. This will result in reductions in peak electricity use, reduced CO2 emissions, and will improve the bottom line of wineries across the EU. Specific benchmarking tools were developed for France, Spain, Italy and Germany, together responsible for nearly 80% of the EU wine production (and over 50% of the global production). The tool will be available from the internet and eight workshops were held in important wine regions in the four member states to train about 240 wineries in the use of the tool.

Results

  • Country versions of the benchmarking and self-assessment tool for France, Spain, Italy and Germany available via the project website.
  • User guide to the tool available via the project website.
  • Reports from 8 workshops (2 for each country), describing the first experiences with the tool in the four countries
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Lessons learned

  • There is a need for benchmarking information In all countries, the winemakers’ industry is looking for benchmarking information, allowing comparison with the position of competitors, rather than indicative index data
  • Energy is generally not a real problem for winemakers, as the cost is relatively low compared to overall costs. Therefore the main issue in energy and water optimization is often not money but image; this explains why results are most interesting when compared with results of competitors
  • Results depend on the characteristics of the user: generally big wineries had better results than smaller ones, partly because of size, but also because big wineries are more recent, and therefore often more optimized in terms of energy and water consumption.
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Contact

Ecofys b.v.
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Arjan Visser
Tel: 
0031 30 2808 313
Name: 
Maarten Neelis
Tel: 
0031-30-2808324
Name: 
Mirjam Harmelink
Tel: 
+31 30 2808 495
Name: 
Menno Chang
Tel: 
0031-30-28084449
Name: 
Frank Zegers
Tel: 
0031 30 2808 313
Name: 
Suzanne Joosen
Tel: 
0031 30 2808357
Name: 
Giel Linthorst
Tel: 
0031 (0)30 2808322

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2007 to 31/12/2008
Contract number: 
EISAV/EIE/06/114/2006

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