Many processes in food manufacturing can be modified to reduce operating costs while at the same time improving sustainability. One of the most important objectives to achieving this is reducing process energy and water consumption.
Reducing energy and water usage in industrial manufacturing, including food processing, is a key focus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s sustainability initiatives. The department’s Energy Star and Industrial Technologies programs address process functions in manufacturing plants that utilize process heat, steam, compressed air, electric and other systems that could potentially be a source of wasted energy and natural resources. These programs put particular emphasis on new technologies to achieve energy sustainability.