Unicer in Porto

Unicer Bebidas, Portugal’s largest drinks company, saved more than €1million on the annual utility costs at its Porto plant, thanks to Scanenergi Solutions’ EnSave® utility management programme.

The savings at Porto, the company’s largest plant, equate to an annual CO2 reduction of 3,400 tonnes, with electricity consumption slashed by 20.5% and fuel consumption slashed by 20.3%. During a three-year period, beer production increased by 20%, while the total use of utilities actually decreased by 5%, achieving project payback in just two years.


The entire brewery is now focusing on energy savings. Using Scanenergi’s software, we prepare utility data reports every week and follow up on them. This is not just a project, it has become an integral part of our daily work, Says Vasco Carvalho, Energy and Maintenance Manager

The partnership between Unicer and Scanenergi was formalised through an Energy Performance Contract which ensured a positive cash flow for Unicer from day one and throughout the programme. Scanenergi financed the project and was repaid with 90% of the savings during the three-year contract period. After three years, Unicer retained all the savings.

Pedro Moreira da Silva, Production Director was thrilled with the reduction in costs, saying it made the company considerably more competitive.


Download the case to learn more about the Unicer project in Porto.