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The e-SAVE project aims to contribute to an energy-efficient supply chain by providing the system, services, collaboration platform and management tools that will help companies monitor, manage and share energy use and carbon footprint data in order to support operational as well as strategic decision making and supply chain design decisions. The project will specifically focus on the consumer goods sector, by involving the ECR Europe organisation, representing all major manufacturers and retailers in this sector, as well as one of its active members, Barilla, who pioneers in environmental sustainability practices. Emphasis is placed on industry adoption and quantifiable impact assessment.
The e-SAVE technical approach relies on an interoperable information infrastructure that integrates ERP systems with automatic data capturing technologies (mainly smart energy meters and unique product identification technologies) in order to support generic components for energy efficiency monitoring and life cycle assessment;
upon these e-SAVE deploys new optimization algorithms for energy-efficient supply chain operations, simulation models and tools for strategic supply chain design decisions and dynamic energy-efficiency product labelling.
The project will further build on existing market-leading tools owned by the e-SAVE partners in the fields of energy-monitoring, life-cycle assessment and simulation. Contribution to information sharing standards and energy efficiency ontologies will also be sought.
Overall, the e-SAVE project aims to deliver a modular and extensible information, collaboration and management support infrastructure that does not only capture and deliver the data required for effectively monitoring energy use and other environmental Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), but also provides the management tools that utilize these KPIs and support managerial decisions and every day operations for improving energy and environmental performance.
More specifically, the project has the following specific objectives:
- To design and develop a powerful data middleware to efficiently and automatically capture and link energy-use data and carbon emissions to supply chain processes and product instances, enabling the generation of a credible energy and carbon identity for products and processes.
- To implement generic and interoperable information system components for energy efficiency monitoring, able to integrate with alternative data sources (ERP systems, automatic energy sensors, XML data by supply chain partners etc.) and deliver a product’s and or process’ energy profile.
- To facilitate the efficient collaboration and seamless communication of product life cycle and process energy performance data among supply chain partners, including the definition of energy efficiency ontologies and XML schemas for information sharing and the design and implementation of a collaboration infrastructure.
- To build an energy-efficient supply chain management toolset, incorporating new optimization and operations management logic that uses environmental as well as other KPIs to support managers achieve a profitable balance between environmental and operations efficiency in areas such as inventory management, logistics and distribution planning, vehicle rooting etc.
- To develop tools and applications to support the simulation of alternative supply chain configurations, taking into account the environmental KPIs to be delivered by the e-SAVE platform in addition to other business KPIs, in order to support strategic and sustainable supply chain design decisions.
- To provide consumers with the means to monitor product footprints and energy-profiles, by supporting a dynamic energy-efficiency product label and respective consumer services, such as, for example, smart-phone applications “interrogating” products at the point-of-sales about their energy profile, and measuring the impact of such services on consumer perceptions and actual demand.
11 partnering organisations form the e-SAVE project consortium, bringing together expertise in research and development that is required in order to achieve the project objectives:
|1||INTRASOFT International SA||Luxembourg|
|2||Athens University of Economics and Business /E–Business Research Center||Greece|
|3||BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI SPA||Italy|
|5||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||Switzerland|
|6||BOC Asset Management Gmbh||Austria|
|7||Technische Universitaet Dortmund||Germany|
|9||Intelen Services Limited||Cyprus|
|10||ECR EUROPE ASBL||Belgium|
|Project Full Title:||Energy Efficiency in the Supply Chain through Collaboration, Advanced Decision Support and Automatic Sensing|
|Funded by:||European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme|
|Project Start Date:||January 1, 2012|
|Project Finish Date:||June 31, 2014|