Breweries and wineries are energy intensive operations. To save money and protect the environment, owners must search for high impact, low-cost efficiencies in engineering processes.

Look first at refrigeration and tank storage, which can consume half of your total energy, and then at packaging, compressed air, pumps, hot water and steam, fans, HVAC, lighting, and other equipment.

Have you installed low-cost lighting? Could you upgrade or modify your plant and equipment? Is your insulation optimal?

Have you considered solar and other renewables, an increasingly popular choice for many Australian operators?

Energy-saving actions matter. Start with these resources:

Learn from others — case studies

See how six Australian breweries turned to solar to save, in this case study by the Clean Energy Council.

Look at how CUB is moving to 100 per cent renewable energy, in this case study in Brews News.

Read how Little Creatures is using natural gas-fired co-generation at its Geelong plant, in this case study from ATCO Gas.

Beard and Brau Farmhouse Brewery in Mount Tamborine cut energy use by 28 per cent. See how in this case study by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

See how Wirra Wirra used the Wine Industry Energy Saver Toolkit, in this video by the South Australian Wine Industry Association Inc.

Taltarni Vineyards stands to save $20,000 a year by acting on a resource assessment. See what it can do in this case study by Sustainability Victoria.

Watch videos of the winners of the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) Environmental Excellence Awards since 2012 and see their energy efficiencies.

Read about De Bortoli’s sustainability successes and massive energy savings, in these case studies by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage.

Act now - fact sheets guides and tools

Use this comprehensive Winery Energy Saver Toolkit from the South Australian Wine Industry Association and the Department of Industry to find ways to save.

Explore energy efficiencies for wineries in this New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage guide.

See what the US craft brewing sector is doing about energy efficiency, in this manual from the US Brewers Association.

Beverage, wine and beer manufacturers can save tens of thousands of dollars a year by improving energy and materials efficiency. Explore the options in this Sustainability Victoria guide.

Learn how to improve winery refrigeration efficiency, in this reference guide from Wine Australia.

Get workbooks, videos and other tools in the Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit from Food South Australia.

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: 06/08/18