Energy management pays off for gourmet food firm
One of New Zealand’s biggest meat exporters is making significant, ongoing cost savings through a groupwide energy management plan put in place only a year ago.
ANZCO Foods’ nine plants are involved in everything from gourmet food manufacturing in Taranaki to traditional meat processing in Canterbury.
For business groups such as ANZCO, improving energy use can be difficult, especially if different technologies, equipment and business processes are used across sites.
With some help from EECA Business and energy management experts Deta Consulting, The company is meeting these challenges by taking a strategic approach.
Since putting in place its group-wide energy management plan, the firm has clocked up 8.4GWh in energy savings.
Its managing director, Mark Clarkson says the energy management programme has changed the way employees think about how energy is used.
“We now have a strong culture of good energy management where energy is seen as an opportunity to look for efficiencies and make savings, rather than simply as a fixed cost.
“We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make these savings, and the return on investment,”
A good example is the optimisation of refrigeration set-points and control at its Waitara processing facility, which for an investment of employee time only, resulted in $ 80,000 in annual savings.
Clarkson says energy management is something everyone can be part of.