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Benchmark tool /Best practices

Sawbenchmark - ECOINFLOW Benchmark Tool

One of the project activities was the establishing a relevant framework for comparing energy consumption in sawmills and the identification of the key success factors that lead to energy and resource efficiency in production. In order to evaluate energy efficiency and possible energy savings, a sector-wide best industry practice were established. The best performing companies defined the best industry practice in energy saving which can be used to compare the specific performance of other ones. 

The benchmarking exercise included all sawmills participating in the project. The project developed Benchmarking tool offres an opportunity to compare the performance of sawmills between countries, production technology etc, based on comparing  relevant criteria. The benchmarking criteria were developed in close cooperation between the industry partners and the participating institutes in order to ensure the consistency and avoid possible disputes. 

Because of differences in sawmill characteristics, such as various production technologies, straightforward comparison of all production units proofed to be challenging. Therefore, a benchmarking tool for defining best industry practices for sub-processes in the production was developed in addition to the comparison of sawmills, which allows analysis and evaluation of the energy consumption at different stages of the production processes.

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