The automotive industry uses substantial amounts of energy in the manufacturing of its products. Businesses in the automotive industry can achieve a range of benefits by improving their energy management, including reducing energy and operational costs, extending equipment life and reducing the risk of downtime through improved maintenance regimes.

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce has developed a range of case studies through its Automotive Energy Efficiency Program to assist industry sectors with making informed decisions on energy efficiency products and work practices.

Food manufacturing

Energy costs account for at least 15% of total operational costs of a food business, which means becoming more energy efficient is critical to becoming profitable and competitive.

The Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit developed by Food South Australia includes workbooks, case studies, a video and a series of workshop presentations. It is designed to help small to medium sized food businesses to:

  • assess the benefits and value of alternatives for energy efficiency
  • develop a strategy for upgrades to energy-efficient equipment in their business

Sustainability Victoria has an extensive list of food processing and storage case studies illustrating how businesses in the food manufacturing sector can save money by becoming more energy efficient.


The foundry industry is one of Australia’s most energy-intensive sectors. Energy usage comprises a significant percentage of a foundry’s total operational costs (depending on business size and type of process, between 5–15%). Energy efficiency improvements are increasingly becoming important to the future competitiveness of the industry nationally.

See the Australian Foundry Institute website for industry contacts who may be able to provide energy management information.

Meat industry

In a high-volume, low margin business like meat processing, keeping energy costs under control has been essential to long-term sustainability. The industry’s approach to energy consumption will be essential to maintaining a competitive advantage in future years.

The Victorian Energy Saver website has a roundup of case studies from abattoirs and meat processing plants across Australia.

The Meat and Livestock Australia website has information on energy-related issues from climate adaptation to climate-clever beef.

Manufacturing Efficiency Funding

The NSW Government is offering co-funding to NSW manufacturers for energy efficiency upgrades. 

Under round 2 funding, NSW manufacturing businesses can apply for one of these offers:

  1. Metering and process optimisation (up to $50,00 per site)
  2. Equipment upgrades (up to $70,000 per site)

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm AEST on 10 August 2020.

Business Energy Advice Program

The Australian Government's Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) offers a free energy advisory service with one-on-one consultations to help manufacturers understand their energy savings opportunities, choose the best energy plan, and receive tailored advice on energy efficiency opportunities best suited to their industry.

Small businesses with between 6 and 20 employees qualify for a free consultation, and businesses with 5 or fewer staff that have been adversely affected by drought are also eligible. Register by calling 1300 415 224 or visiting

Small Business Energy Check

BEAP also offers an energy spend benchmarking tool that allows small businesses to compare their energy spend against similar businesses in their industry and region. It can be used on its own, or in conjunction with a Business Energy Advice consultation. The Small Business Energy Check tool is available at You can use it as many times as you like, no registration is required.