Energy costs are significant for abattoirs and meat processors, ranging from $100,000 to more than $10 million a year.

Steam and hot water production and refrigeration account for around 90 per cent of a plant’s total energy consumption, so look for savings in these processes first.

Are you using heat capture and exchange, and heat pumps? Do you regularly maintain and upgrade your refrigeration? Could you optimise air compressors or lighting? Have you considered renewable energy sources like solar PV and bio-gas generation?

Energy-saving actions matter. Start with these resources.

Learn from others — case studies

Learn a lot about energy efficiency in this extensive guide by the Australian Meat Industry Council, which includes case studies and videos.

Discover what some major brands did to save energy, in these case studies by business.gov.au.

See how Game Meats Company avoided paying $50,000 for a new larger boiler and reduced its annual gas costs by 20 per cent in this case study by Sustainability Victoria.

Angelakis Bros cut $76,000 from its annual power bill and 96 per cent of its refrigerant costs. Find out how in this Food South Australia case study.

Learn how international meat processor Thomas Foods made big savings across the board, in this Food South Australia case study.

Find out how Teys Australia plans to reduce its carbon footprint in this case study by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. Read more about Teys’ plan.

Austco Polar stands to save $444,000 a year at its cold storage and blast freezing facility. Learn more in this case study by Sustainability Victoria.

Several meat processors’ audits identified payback of about three to five years from replacing gas hot water systems with CO2 heat pumps. See how in this case study by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

Audits revealed how to cut refrigeration system costs without spending too much. Learn more in this case study by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

Explore the Energy consumption guide for small to medium red meat processing facilities by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation.

Consider renewable energy options for off-grid red meat processing in this guide from the Australian Meat Processor Corporation.

Use the Energy Calculator and other tools in the Energy Efficiency Information Toolkit from the Australian Meat Industry Council.

Find out more about energy efficiency in 23 fact sheets from the Australian Meat Industry Council.

Explore energy efficiency opportunities for New South Wales and Queensland meat processors in this report by the Australian Meat Industry Council.

Find workbooks, case studies, a video and workshop presentations in Food South Australia’s Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit.

Know your options — more help and ideas

Victorian Energy Saver provides tools and information to help Victorian Businesses save energy and money.

There is more information on efficiency and improvements on our Equipment and Technologies: Case Studies & Guides page.

Page last updated: 03/08/2018