Welcome to the red meat industry website for the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program (EEIG). The EEIG was established by the Australian Federal Government in 2012. The program was targeted at industry associations and organisations to provide energy efficiency information to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and community organisations.
The program directly supports the research, development, dissemination and evaluation of energy efficiency information by trusted sources geared to individual industries. AMIC was awarded funding under this program to develop that specific information for the meat industry.
Energy costs, especially for electricity and gas, have been rising quickly. In a high volume low margin business like meat processing, keeping energy costs under control has been essential to long term sustainability. The EEIG program has been a very timely project for identifying areas in everyone’s business where energy can be used more efficiently and cost effectively and in so doing cutting spiralling energy costs.
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation(AMPC) and MINTRAC the industry’s training arm have worked in partnership with AMIC to develop an extension and education program on energy efficiency for SMEs in the Australian Meat Industry.
The objectives of the project were to:
• Increase energy efficiency awareness levels and encourage behavioural change within the red meat processing industry;
• Increase investment in energy efficiency within red meat processing businesses and their supply chains;
• Develop and disseminate the most up-to-date and relevant information on energy efficiency technology and best practices available to the red meat processing and retail sectors; and
• Ultimately, reduce expenditure on energy and deliver a transition to a low carbon economy.
Who Should Use This Information?
While aspects of the EEIG program will be of interest to everyone in the meat industry, it is mainly targeted at middle management that have a direct responsibility for reducing energy costs, as well as senior management who will ultimately make the investment decisions on energy efficiency on processing plants or in retail businesses.
The Energy Efficiency Toolkit
The Energy Efficiency Toolkit is an umbrella term for a sequence of outputs under the EEIG program. The main elements of the toolkit include:
• An Industry Energy Calculator
• An Industry Energy Consumption Guide (ECG)
• An Industry Energy Management Plan
• Twenty three (23) Industry fact sheets covering a range of business cases seeking greater efficiency in the use of energy in the meat industry
• Six (6) case studies looking at the potential for energy efficiency gains with refrigeration, heat recovery solutions, steam generation, methane capture and reuse at abattoirs and trigeneration technology
• Summary Report (Benchmarking Study) on energy efficiency opportunities in NSW and Queensland domestic processors
• Literature reviews on the energy efficiency utilisation benchmarks & technologies for the Australian Red Meat Processing Business
• The Energy Efficiency Webinar - A webinar has been developed that has five (5) modules focussing on the outcomes of the project as a whole but with a particular focus on energy efficiency best practices in meat establishments of a small and medium sized scale. The modules are:
1. Total Plant Energy Management - This module outlines the drivers and recommended approach for improving the management of energy and small and medium-sized red meat processing facilities;
2. Steam Generation and Boiler – This module describes how to identify cost-savings in boilers and hot water systems;
3. Refrigeration Savings – This module outlines the options for reducing energy consumption within refrigeration systems;
4. Compressed Air Management – This module describes the easy and quick ways to reduce waste from compressed air systems;
5. Lighting Efficiencies – This module outlines effective ways to reduce energy consumption through upgrading to more efficient lighting.
Each of the modules include a PowerPoint Guide to the issues. There are also three (3) interviews with recognised experts in the field and on-plant managers giving their practical explanation of the technology and their implementation strategies and experience.
Extension and Training
In co-ordination with the industry training provider, MINTRAC (National Meat Industry Training and Advisory Council) a range of seminars and workshops were developed in five states in 2014, namely the ACT, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Feedback from the seminars developed for the processing sector were particularly positive and have been instrumental in the finalisation of various components of the Toolkit. The seminars targeted the middle management in companies that had energy efficiency as a key KPI of their day-to-day business. The workshops provided an interactive environment where nearly all participants got involved in the discussion and were able to input their own personal experience on many issues. Responses from the South Australian and Melbourne workshops included:
|“I found the workshop very informative. It’s given me some thoughts for discussion with our management team.”
|“There are people out there to help with a lot of energy saving information.”
|”Information regarding the latest energy saving technologies was very helpful. Method and areas around refrigeration systems discussed gave direction for future projects. The contacts were beneficial as well.”
|“Networking with similar management level people gave me a good sense of where I was at currently with new projects on my agenda.”
|“The workshop provided me with a good introduction and insight into refrigeration system energy efficiency which I will take back with me to investigate.”
|“Good ideas on where to save power – I think it will start my energy efficiency journey. Great networking.