JGL invests funding from the European Regional Development Fund in increasing its energy efficiency

JGL representatives presented the project "JGL – an energy efficient company” (JGL Energetski učinkovito društvo), co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Programme.

The project is aimed at introducing measures for achieving energy efficiency and using renewable energy sources at JGL’s Pharma Valley manufacturing facilities in Svilno by implementing new solutions for improved energy and resource utilisation, thereby reducing the company’s environmental impact. The Croatian Ministry of Environment and Energy is a level 1 intermediate body, while the Croatian Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund is a level 2 intermediate body.

The project is worth a total of HRK 4,020,117.31, of which HRK 2,514,426.58 will be provided by the European Regional Development Fund.

The aim of the project, led by operations manager Mate Poropat, the director of JGL’s pharmaceutical and technical operations, is to reduce electric energy consumption while maintaining the same or higher level of production and increasing the proportion of renewable energy sources in the overall resource structure. Specifically, the aggregate indicators from the main projects suggest an increase of 29.18% in the share of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption. At the same time, the aim is to reduce the amount of energy supplied from the main power grid by 236,742.67 kWh per year.

"The support of the European Union in implementing projects aimed at increasing energy efficiency is essential for companies such as JGL, as it allows us to make our business processes more efficient and competitive on the international market. In addition, environmental protection is a common value that every company should aspire to, as it enables us to improve the quality of life and raise the level of trust with our customers,” says Mate Poropat.

As part of the project, JGL is building a new 180 kW photovoltaic power station for its own use, on the roof of a facility within the Pharma Valley complex. By directly converting solar energy into electricity, this investment will save the company 218 thousand kWh per year, and at the same time, help reduce CO2 levels by a minimum of 44.5 tonnes per year.

Roof repairs of the input material storage facility at the Svilno 1 site are under way, and are aimed at improving energy efficiency and maintaining on-site temperature conditions by installing new roof insulation.

Sterile solution coolers are being replaced with new, energy efficient ones. The fourth part of the project is based on preparing hot water in the sterile and non-sterile solutions department, which will increase capacity and speed up the technological processes. The primary heating source will be a heat pump, combined with solar collectors.

The project is set to be completed in March 2019. 

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