The EPK project

Dutch industry partners, the government and a number of civil-society organizations have signed the SER Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth in the Netherlands (2013) in order to reduce energy consumption. One of the things that has been agreed is that a number of EPK (Energy Performance Check / Energie Prestatie Keuring) pilot projects will be performed. The graphic media is one of the industries that may start an EPK pilot project. In this project several parties participate, based on their unique expertise: the Royal KVGO, Dienstencentrum, Energy Experts, DCMR and RvO. The project is expected to be finished mid 2015 after which the results will be incorporated in the international energy project EMSPI (Energy Management Standardization in the Printing Industry). To start this project on a high level the sector is currently creating a tailor made energy measure list for SME’s. This measure list, which is partly based on prior sectorial environmental policies, e.g. the European energy project: EEEI from the IEE programme, will assist companies in their analysis of which measures are useful to implement in their company.

An EPK should be seen as a technical examination of the possibilities for energy savings in a company. The graphic media industry is one of the first selected industries that may develop a custom EPK. Royal KVGO and Dienstencentrum aim to achieve this by implementing energy management in the web-based ARBO RI&E Grafimedia (Safety and Health Risk Assessment and Evaluation Graphic Media), better known as the Web-RI&E. This digital platform is optimally suited to add these management issues to. This is because a user of the RI&E has already defined their company in detail, including departments and work areas. Energy management and the associated options for energy savings will therefore be the first upcoming expansion of the Web-RI&E. Integration of the energy module in the Web-RI&E is performed by the Dienstencentrum as designers and developers of the web application.

To ensure that the development and final quality of the energy module in the RI&E match the reality inside companies to the best possible degree, ten companies may participate in the pilot. They will be the first to use and test the functionality of the energy module in the Web-RI&E.