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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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Starch Europe Statement on Sustainability of Starch Products

   Sustainability of starch products Statement Summary Economic pillar[1]: Processing 23 million tonnes of EU raw materials to produce Producing 15.5 million tonnes of starches, starch derivatives and co-products 8.3 billion Euros revenues 380 million Euros invested, of which over 140 million Euros in R&D Environmental pillar: Raw materials must comply with EU Common Agricultural Policy’s [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:45+00:00September 17th, 2015|

New Life Cycle Assessment study on starch products

PRESS RELEASE 27-05-2015 New Life Cycle Assessment study on starch products Reinforcing its role at the forefront of sectoral Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the agri-food chain, the European Starch Industry Association, Starch Europe, published today the summary report of its updated LCA study. The study updates the LCA study of starch products first published [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:45+00:00May 27th, 2015|

Joint Starch Europe/CESPU statement on potato starch sustainability

Why EU starch potatoes and EU potato starch are sustainable Brussels, February 2015 - Joint statement of STARCH EUROPE and CESPU. Growing starch potatoes and the processing to potato starch in the EU provide a partial response to climate change, territorial and food security challenges: Starch potatoes produce more starch per hectare than any other [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:45+00:00February 26th, 2015|

AAF Environment Policy

The members of the European starch industry association (Association des Amidonniers et Féculiers - AAF) extract starch, proteins, fibres and lipids from cereal grains and starch potatoes and process them [...]

2017-12-15T11:12:46+00:00March 29th, 2013|
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