EENOVA: Energy Efficiency in regioNal fOod Processing Value chAins

EENOVA is dedicated to addressing the key challenges associated with the food chain’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Our primary objectives revolve around promoting energy-efficient solutions, evaluating and enhancing energy efficiency, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint within five regional value chains spanning five distinct food processing subsectors and countries. These value chains and their respective locations are as follows:

  • Bakery – Austria (AT)
  • Meat – Romania (RO)
  • Water and soft drinks – Lithuania (LT)
  • Winery – Bulgaria (BG)
  • Dairy – Slovenia (SI)


Budget: 1,457,655 €

Start date: 01/10/2023

End date: 31/10/2026

Duration: 37 months


Main activities designed to achieve the project goals:

  • Harnessing the unique regional characteristics of these value chains, primarily consisting of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger enterprises (LEs).
  • Identifying common steps that promote awareness, collaboration, and the effective implementation of energy-efficient practices among individual companies belonging to specific food processing value chains.

Expected outcomes from the implementation of the project:

  • Development of an adaptable replication model that can be applied to other value chains within the same or different regions and sectors. The adoption of this model will be facilitated through the active involvement of key stakeholders, including sector associations and representatives from the finance sector.
  • Identification of innovative solutions that encompass technological enhancements, sustainable business models, and necessary policy measures through collaboration
  • Bolster the food processing subsectors, enable them to embrace energy-efficient practices and become energy-smart.


Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are, however, those of the author(s) only and do not reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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