The Golden Circle Northgate food processing plant, located on a 16.5 Hectare site near Brisbane airport, comprises a fruit cannery which mainly processes fruit juices from raw fruit, a beverage plant producing cordial and juice in PET bottles and Tetra-Pak, a warehouse and office space.
Energetics was engaged to conduct an Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) assessment of the site to address compliance requirements under this program and identify opportunities to help Golden Circle* achieve its energy consumption reduction target of 20% per metric ton of production through improved operational efficiency by 2015.
Of the 45 opportunities presented during workshops, 11 cost-effective projects were identified for immediate implementation, while the remaining opportunities require further assessment.
Energetics’ consultants’ thorough assessment included baseline analysis coupled with onsite interviews and assessments. To ensure accuracy, Energetics engaged specialist refrigeration, lighting and air compressor contractors to provide cost estimates and develop further opportunities.
In addition to data gathering, a One2Five® Energy session was conducted to understand Golden Circle’s Northgate site’s energy management practices and to provide suitable recommendations to further improve systems and practices.
The One2Five® Energy diagnostic tool is designed to help businesses easily assess their current energy management performances, benchmark against best practice, and develop a program for continuous improvement.
Energetics facilitated a two day onsite workshop with nine Golden Circle managers and operations staff which included a baseline presentation, identified and quantified opportunities, and further opportunities that would be the subject of discussion.
45 opportunities were prioritised based on strategic value and cost, and 11 were identified for immediate implementation with detailed action plans estimating cost savings of $846,000 pa.
Energetics’ thorough EEO assessment delivered the energy consumption analysis within an accuracy of ±30%, while vendor quotes were obtained for a number of opportunities to further improve this accuracy.
Energy savings were identified in the areas of refrigeration, steam systems, compressed air system, lighting system, process lines, effluent treatment plants and electrical systems.
“I found Energetics to be very professional throughout my dealings with them. They investigated our options well, provided great ideas for improvement and presented their findings in a hands-on workshop. Their final report was outstanding as it presented the information in a clear way with appropriate data. Overall, I was very impressed!”
Rowena Terlingen, Operational Risk Manager, HJ Heinz.
Energetics identified additional opportunities for demand management and developed a proposal for funding through Energex, an electricity provider offering companies incentive funding through their Sustainability and Environment Fund to reduce their energy consumption.
Energetics has extensive experience in EEO assessments and project implementation, including change management programs. Our approach helps businesses to maximise opportunities, minimise costs and mitigate the risks associated with a carbon constrained economy.