Energy efficiency in the seafood industry by ProQuest


Catching, processing, refrigeration and transportation all account for energy usage in the supply of seafood products. Within the fisheries sector, the numerous catching methods have different fuel efficiencies. As the price of marine diesel has increased greatly over the last few years, certain sectors have seen fuel bills become too high to remain profitable. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies the environmental aspects and potential impacts throughout a product's life from raw material acquisition through production, use, and disposal. The complexity of the food industry makes any comparison a challenge. With most factories having a different mix of products and processes, comparisons had to try and remove this variable. This meant working by comparing site level against another site of similar output or looking at machine level and comparing the efficiencies. The use of training was an important message across the industry and an important step in the reduction of energy use.

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