The first call for applications for resource-efficiency investments attracted many production companies

06. April 2018 | 09:14

The final deadline of the call for applications organised by the Environmental Investments Centre (EIC) was 29 March and there were eight companies to submit their applications on that day. The first call for applications had been open since February last year and to date ten projects have been given a funding decision. Most applicants are active in the timber sector, however, food industry and operators of mineral raw materials are also represented. Grants were applied for in the amount of EUR 9.3 million to which the companies will contribute EUR 14.8 million.

At the end of March, the management board of EIC decided to finance the resource-efficient investments of Järvakandi Puidutehas, Balti Spoon, Skan Holz Helme and Kiirkandur from the Regional Development Fund in the total amount of EUR 1,861,328. Three recipients are engaged in wood processing and one with quarry management.

OÜ Järvakandi Puidutehas will receive support amounting to EUR 431,082, which is 45% of the project value. Within the framework of the project, a scanning and optimisation line for timber material and a new laminboard press will be acquired. Thanks to automated timber defect identification, raw material will be put to a better use and a faster laminboard press will help to improve energy use and rise productivity. As a result of the project, more than 14,000 m3 of sawn timber and 1,385 MWh of energy will be saved over 15 years.

The state will support the project of OÜ Balti Spoon with EUR 567,545, which is 25% of the project value. The project will increase the resource efficiency of the company’s production processes in three areas: connection of sheets for veneering, planing, and drying. Both the equipment and software will be acquired to combine different production processes into one. As a result of the project, 6% more veneer will be produced from the raw material. Moreover, 4.5 million m3 of sheets for veneering, 1.5 GWh of electricity, 53,000 m2 of water and 3,335 m3 of logs will be saved over 10 years.

EIC will support the project of Skan Holz Helme AS with EUR 195,598, which represents more than 35% of the project value. The grant will be used to purchase a new wood scanner and a plane. As a result of the project, the energy and resource use of production will reduce and over 15 years 1,245 MWh of electricity and heat, 11,535 m3 of sawn timber and 16,303 kg of glue will be saved.

The project of Kiirkandur AS will be supported with EUR 667,102, which represents 45% of the project value. The grant will be invested in a production line and equipment servicing it and a washing line for crushed stone will be purchased. Thanks to this, the resource efficiency of the production complex will increase by one tonne of excavated mineral resources, including decrease of fuel consumption and more effective use of mineral resources. Over the course of ten years, a total of 1,252,367 L of diesel fuel, 1,126 MWh of electricity and 1.28 million tonnes of excavated mineral resources will be saved.

Detailed analyses of the resource use of the companies were prepared by AU Energiateenus and Nordic Energy Solutions OÜ.

Calls for application for the analysis of resource efficiency are still open in EIC – a condition precedent to submission of an application to the call for application for investments. “We recommend to review the list of auditors on the home pages of EIC and the Ministry of the Environment and communicate with cooperation partners to find the most suitable analysis team for the company,” said Siim Umbleja from EIC.

A new call for applications for investments is planned to be opened this summer. Up until then companies can prepare new projects and participate in the seminars that will take place in April and May at which entrepreneurs who have implemented similar projects will share their experiences.

Background information:

EIC has earmarked a total of 277 thousand euros for resource efficiency analysis of 50 projects and has supported ten investment projects with an overall value of 7.69 million euros. All applications for analysis grants were satisfied and currently 19 investments projects are still being evaluated.

Companies involved in the mining and processing industry were able to apply for support from the corporate energy efficiency programme. The pilot round targeted five sectors – timber, food, mining, paper, and cellulose industries and companies processing mineral materials. The support measure was developed by the Ministry of the Environment.