How to clear your factory's maintenance backlog with CHP

By Clare Burns

Energy and facilities managers can clear their maintenance backlog and reduce their maintenance costs by installing CHP

Food and drink manufacturing is an energy-intensive industry – consuming high levels of energy and producing high levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

The industry has set targets to reduce its emissions by implementing energy efficiency initiatives - also called Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) – that reduce energy costs, and improve productivity and competitiveness.

Tighter budgets

Energy and facilities managers are faced with the challenges of identifying and implementing ECMs, and simultaneously keeping their maintenance backlog under control – with the restrictions imposed by tighter budgets.

Maintenance backlog costs are high as it’s not only process equipment that has to be looked after, but also equipment associated with the facility’s infrastructure and energy services. And as equipment becomes time-expired, backlog costs continue to accrue.

Saving energy to reduce maintenance backlog

Energy savings can be used to finance new site ECMs - saving even more energy and preventing the list of maintenance backlog activities from increasing. This will release important financial resources for other business-critical activities and projects.

But if the energy savings are small, insufficient inroads will be made into reducing the levels and costs of maintenance.

So, what if you could implement an ECM with greater benefits?

Installing Combined Heat and Power

Food and drink process equipment may have to be replaced on a like-for-like basis – infrastructure equipment and energy services usually have alternatives. Time-expired or outdated equipment, e.g. inefficient steam boilers and heating systems, can be replaced with efficient Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, which provide a secure electrical supply and reliable heat energy.

As equipment is replaced, the associated maintenance backlog is eliminated – reducing maintenance costs and mitigating any accompanying budgetary issues. Maintenance teams previously working on keeping problematic equipment and systems operational can be redeployed to more important core business activities.

Funding CHP – funding your maintenance backlog

The options for funding new CHP equipment include Energy Service Agreements (ESA) – these provide the necessary funding for the CHP and will also fund elements of your maintenance backlog.

It is an agreement under which an energy services provider will undertake identified ECMs and will guarantee annual savings to your site’s energy and operational budgets.

The primary ECM will be the installation of a CHP system within your facility. You pay nothing upfront. The efficiencies of CHP will ensure energy bill savings, which will in turn pay for the CHP and its associated ancillary equipment, and provide further funding that may be used for reducing your maintenance backlog.

Energy services providers have national teams of highly trained engineers who will cover the maintenance of the CHP and its ancillaries under comprehensive long-term maintenance contracts – of course, funded by the ESA.


Install CHP - with zero capital outlay - as part of an Energy Services Agreement, and:

  • Reduce your energy consumption
  • Guarantee annual savings and levels of service delivery
  • Find a solution to your maintenance backlog
  • Reduce your CO2 emissions with low and zero-carbon technology
  • Improve your position for EU European Trading Systems (ETS) and CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme