Agri-food companies are among the largest consumers of energies for heating, cooling processes and for storing food or beverages under controlled temperatures. Best energy practices help to reduce energy consumption. To achieve this, there are several possible entry points, including the behaviour of people in their work environment. In this context, the INDUCE project “Towards a sustainable agri-food Industry: Capacity building programs in energy efficiency” is developing an accessible online platform where training, online courses, procedures and other tools will be made available to food and beverage companies wishing to improve their energy efficiency. In addition, the INDUCE methodology is based on the study of organizational and behavioural models for influencing energy efficiency. It therefore aims at a change of culture and environment at the heart of the company in order to better involve employees and have sustainable results. Within the INDUCE project the methodology has been tested in 5 pilot companies in Spain, and now in the last months of the project the acquired experiences are being transferred to new 15 trainers that will be part of the INDUCE community. In Spain, the partner responsible for implementing the INDUCE Methodology in the 5 Spanish pilot companies was CIRCE (Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption), with the support of the consortium partner FIAB (the Spanish Food and Drink Industries), and both have organized in the last month the training of the future trainers. The course is composed by 20 hours which, in the case of Spain, have been divided into different sessions, the first one was face to face, and took place in Madrid the 25th February in the FIAB headquarters.
From 10am to 5:30pm, different energy consultants, clusters members and other selected individuals related to Food and Beverage Sector met to receive the first hours of CIRCE training. In this first session, the INDUCE project as well as the INDUCE methodology were presented to the future trainers using examples of CIRCE’s experiences acquired during the implementation in the pilot companies. All the phases, steps and documents designed in the INDUCE methodology have been shared and commented with the new trainers throughout the training. The session concluded with a great reception by the new trainers, and several suggestions and constructive opinions were received about the project and the activities carried out in it.