Energy savings and on-farm renewable energy production can further reduce GHG emissions of farms. The program aims to promote smart use of energy techniques in farms, reducing energy consumption and increasing autonomy.

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Why does it matter?

23% of the GHG emissions from Flemish agriculture come from energy use. GHG emissions can be reduced via on-farm energy savings techniques and production of renewable energy.

How did we solve this?

We installed a smart meter on farm to track energy consumption throughout the day, during various phases of the milk collection cycle (milking, cleaning, milk cooling etc.). Installing vacuum pump control can regulate up to half of the power during milking, while a heat exchanger can be installed on the milk cooler to warm up water, or alternatively, solar water heaters. LED-TL can replace lamps, saving up to 60% of energy.

Three months after implementing these practices, the energy saved on average per farm is 0,46 (M kWh). 64% of the farms used frequency control on the vacuum pump and the energy saved was up to 4.000 (kWh eq/year), while the energy saved by using LED-TL was 1.850 (kWh eq/year).

Opportunities for other farms?

There are different energy saving techniques that can be applied to different farms based on their size and needs. For example, pre-cooling techniques can be easily implemented on all farms regardless of their size. Support from an energy consultant may be needed to assess which techniques may be suitable.  

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