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The main costs of producing starch are first and foremost, the cost of the agricultural raw material, but secondly the cost of the energy consumed during extraction and processing. For economic, as well as environmental reasons, therefore, starch producers seek to ensure that starch production plants are as energy efficient as possible. It is for this reason that almost all EU starch plants now use high efficiency Combined Heat and Power Generation (CHP) systems, which offer energy savings ranging between 15-40% when compared to the supply of energy and heat from conventional power stations and boilers.

The EU starch industry was also one of the first agri-food sectors to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study for all its products, first in 2001 and more recently and using the most updated and robust methodologies, in August 2012. This not only reflects our mission to assure a reliable supply of safe starch-based ingredients but also responds to the increasing demand for this type of information from our customers and our joint desire to ensure that this information is being provided in a consistent manner.

As a major energy user, the EU starch industry closely follows all EU legislation which impacts the cost of the energy it uses, notably the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Emission Trading Scheme, and seeks to ensure that the Starch Industry’s position and views are understood and incorporated in an effort to ensure that EU starch is not left at a competitive disadvantage against the products with which it competes.

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Press release: Starch Europe announces winners 2015-2016 Safety Awards

26 October 2016 Press Release Starch Europe announces winners of 2015-2016 Safety Awards Improving safety practices and achieving a safer working environment is a priority for all the EU starch producers. Starch Europe announces today the winners of this year’s safety awards. In 2014, Starch Europe launched the Starch Europe Safety Programme which recognizes the [...]

2017-12-27T13:18:09+00:00October 26th, 2016|

PFP welcomes EP ITRE Committee’s vote on EU ETS revision

PRESS RELEASE 13 OCTOBER 2016 PFP welcomes the European Parliament’s Industry Committee vote on the revision of the EU ETS Today 13 October, the ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) Committee of the European Parliament agreed on its opinion for the revision of the EU ETS Directive[1]. PFP sectors welcome the outcome of today’s ITRE vote. [...]

2018-01-10T14:09:00+00:00October 14th, 2016|

PFP press release: draft EP ETS report penalizes EU bio-economy

Press release 1 June 2016 Draft EP Rapporteur's report on ETS penalizes the EU bio-economy On 31 May, Member of the European Parliament Ian Duncan, Rapporteur for the revision of the EU ETS Directive, published his proposal[1] for phase IV of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). In his press statement, MEP Duncan claims that [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:45+00:00June 2nd, 2016|

Starch Europe position on the revision of the EU ETS Directive

Revision of the EU ETS Directive Brussels, 10 February 2016 Starch Europe’s key messages on the revision of the EU ETS Directive Starch Europe supports the EC proposal towards a post-2020 Carbon Leakage List, including the “in or out” approach and the new criteria for the assessment of the risk of Carbon Leakage. It is [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:45+00:00February 15th, 2016|

Press release: PFP welcomes the circular economy package

3 December 2015 Press release PFP welcomes the circular economy package The EU Primary Food Processors Association (PFP) welcomes the Commission’s circular economy package as it recognizes the importance of biomass and bio-based products as one of the five priority areas to lead to a circular economy in the EU. The bioeconomy, which encompasses the [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:45+00:00December 3rd, 2015|

Press release Starch Europe presents its first safety awards

19 November 2015 Press release  Starch Europe presents its first safety awards Ensuring the health and safety of their employees is a major priority for all Starch Europe member companies. Not only do all starch plants in the EU obviously comply with all relevant national, EU and international health and safety legislation, they also implement [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:45+00:00November 19th, 2015|
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