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Potential for Substantial Savings and CO2 Reductions in the Agricultural Sector

By State of Green, September 28, 2017

A new campaign launched by the Danish Energy Agency aims to highlight the financial gains and reductions in CO2 emissions that can be realised in the agricultural sector. Installing modern lighting and ventilation in stables can save the agricultural sector EUR 12 million and reduce CO2 by more than 26 thousand tonnes on an annual basis.

The Danish Energy Agency is launching a new campaign from October 1st. Known as “Energy Harvest”, the campaign highlights the savings that can be reaped by installing modern lighting and ventilation systems. The campaign has been launched after analyses conducted by the Energy Authority revealed switching to LED lighting would result in an annual saving of approximately EUR 7 million. In addition, by replacing older ventilation systems, more than EUR 5 million can be saved annually. The combined potential from making these two changes can result in an annual reduction of over 26 thousand tonnes of CO2 in the agricultural sector.

-Industry and manufacturing can benefit significantly by examining the state of their lighting and ventilation systems. The Energy Agency’s study clearly shows that this is highly relevant for agricultural businesses with livestock – and I hope that the campaign will motivate many to take action and replace old systems with new ones, which are beneficial for both the bottom line and the environment, says the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt.

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Possibility to participate as a test case
Today, four out of five cattle and/or pig herds are reared in conditions with conventional fluorescent lighting and half of all swineherds are kept in conditions with older ventilation systems. The Energy Agency is therefore encouraging cattle and swine enterprises to apply to be test cases on the website sparenergi.dk/energihøsten and calculate potential energy savings. Among the test cases, eight farms will be awarded an appointment with one of the Energy Agency’s advisors, who will assist in mapping and evaluating the entire enterprise’s energy consumption.

-The possibility to be a test case is an exciting chance to receive complimentary, qualified advice. Energy optimisation can be the first step on the way to a more climate-friendly operation for the individual agricultural business and perhaps create the possibility for other investments, says the Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt.

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The Energy Agency is collaborating with the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and farming associations throughout the country during the campaign. The Agency has created a calculation tool, which shows the potential energy savings and subsidies available when replacing lighting and ventilation systems.

The Energy Harvest campaign will be launched October 1st and concludes at the end of 2017.

-Source: The Danish Energy Agency

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