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.
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
Case studies illustrating how businesses in the food manufacturing sector can save money by becoming more energy efficient, include:
- Angelakis Bros A seafood, poultry and game company determined they would be able to reduce their annual refrigerant costs by 96% and achieve annual electricity cost savings of $76,000 by upgrading their refrigeration plants.
- Golden North A premium ice cream and frozen yoghurt products manufacturer could reduce their energy consumption by 641,000 kWh and save $127,700 annually.
- Thomas Foods International A Food SA audit identified annual cost savings of $135,000 for a $1 million upgrade.
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.
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.