Food and manufacturing

Future energy cost pressures

In response to shortages in skilled labour and rising wages, food processors are looking at ways to automate processes. Such significant capital investments should increase productivity; however automation by definition will further increase the energy intensity of operations. This necessitates careful consideration during design and commissioning to ensure enterprise benefits are realised during the operation phase.   

Your Energetics’ Project Manager with expertise and knowledge of your business, and oversight of all information, will coordinate and assist your team to identify and implement energy efficiency and productivity improvements - driving new profitability and growth.

We can help your business in three ways:

  • Manage risks of energy management through compliance, reporting, policy implementation and associated strategic advice.

  • Get control through data driven decision making by building a solid foundation of data management which drive reporting, procurement process, capacity building and behavioural change programs

  • Increase profits by optimising production processes for changing market and regulatory conditions, choosing the cheapest energy form and implementing money saving ideas.

Who we work with:

Energetics produced an exceptional piece of work for our NGER report. They were able to navigate our inventory through an external audit with minimal disruption and with limited changes required to the inventory.

Large retail company

  • Food and agriculture

  • Grains and oils

  • Meat and poultry

  • Food processing

  • Beverage and brewing

  • Manufacturing chemical

  • Building products

  • Fast moving consumer goods

Energy efficiency

Energetics is able to determine how energy is used across your business, identifying energy efficiency and cost saving opportunities, in a manner that supports higher production and yield.

  • Integrated energy management and efficiency: With an understanding of all aspects of energy management from procurement and energy data management through to energy program development, energy efficiency studies and implementation, Energetics can provide an integrated approach to making a step change in an organisations energy efficiency program to deliver significant energy and cost savings. 

  • Monitoring and verification, Energy Saving Certificates: Businesses with facilities in NSW that use natural gas will know that prices are expected to increase over the coming years. Sites considering gas efficiency projects in 2016 and beyond should prepare now to take advantage of the opportunity to secure additional revenue by creating Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs). In some instances it may be possible to deem up to 10 years of savings up front, providing a significant discount to capital costs.

  • Alternative Fuels: Rising energy prices are driving businesses to consider lower cost options such as waste-to-energy solutions. Energetics can assist you in assessing opportunities for biomass, biogas and other bioenergy projects.

Finance and implementation

  • Implementation support: Once energy projects have been identified, Energetics supports companies to implement projects. To initiate projects, Energetics aids facility staff by preparing internal business cases and sourcing funding for project implementation (internal capital, government grants, alternative financing, energy services options, etc). Energetics also helps facilities with limited resources with project management of installation and commissioning of energy projects so site staff can concentrate on day-to-day operations during capital projects.

  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Funding – Energy Saver Program: This Program provides 50% funding for  small, medium and larger businesses to undertake targeted energy assessments. This work includes assisting sites to build the business case for investing in gas and electricity saving technologies as well as improving how you manage your energy.

  • QLD Department of Energy - Energy Saver Plus Program: A new program that provides funding for energy audits . This is ideal for businesses who want to work out the best place to start.

  • AMPC and Meat and Livestock Australia Plant Initiated Projects (PIP) Program: The PIP program is available for AMPC/MLA members and aims to facilitate adoption of research into practice.  Energetics has helped numerous meat processors access the PIP funding and applied innovative research into business practice. For example, funding for alternative waste to energy study and natural gas displacement studies.

Risk and management

Energetics can help your business identify energy related risks, their business impacts and help establish a plan to mitigate these.

  • Emission Reduction Fund: The first ERF auction contracted 144 projects to deliver 47 million tonnes of abatement at an average price of $13.95/tCO2-e. Whilst the contracted price of abatement is unlikely to get a project over the line on its own, good opportunities exist for fuel switching projects, biogas projects, and energy efficiency programs. Energetics can help your business secure this funding for new or planned projects, as well as identify additional sources of project funding. 

  • Management systems, Education and Training: Most of our clients achieve ongoing improvements in energy productivity due to their attention to energy management systems and the development of well-informed energy savings programs. Typically a business has undertaken audits but many of the opportunities end up in the site engineer’s filing cabinet. The challenge is getting management on board, setting targets, metering and monitoring energy use and getting reporting right so that projects and business cases can be developed. This often involves benchmarking your approach to energy management and tweaking your business processes to better progress the cost saving opportunities on offer. 

  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs): Energetics can develop your EPDs, providing a robust and transparent communication format of the environmental impacts and benefits of your products. Energetics’ senior manager Rob Rouwette is a recognised verifier with the Australasian EPD Programme and International EPD System.

Carbon markets and reporting

  • National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) Reporting: With numerous State and Federal based regulatory requirements, compliance and reporting can be a burden on businesses. Energetics can assist with the development of streamlined reporting tools and procedures to minimise the time, cost and human resources required for regulatory reporting. This will also  and ensure an auditable process is in place. We can also provide independent audit of your processes and systems. For companies that have database systems for reporting, Energetics provides support for database configuration and user acceptance testing.

  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER).

  • Sustainability: Food and manufacturing businesses are facing rising water, energy and waste costs – and much of these costs are interrelated (i.e. increased hot water use will increase energy and trade waste costs). Energetics looks at the broader business picture and understands the interlinkages between all resources to unlock additional co-benefits and cost savings for the business.

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