Energy management across Talley's frozen food sites
Frozen food processor Talley’s Group has partnered with New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to put in place an energy management system across its three largest seafood and vegetable processing sites, as well as AFFCO New Zealand’s meat processing sites, which are owned by the company.
“We are excited about this project, which we believe will provide the opportunity to take a fresh look at our processes and streamline our activities, as well as managing our energy use,” said Talley’s Director Andrew Talley.
“Our aim is for our sites to become more productive, and to reduce costs at the same time. Although we have engaged in energy management initiatives before, the difference here is that we are taking a group-wide approach and considering energy use across the energy-intensive food processing and refrigeration plants.”
The project will see an energy management project based on a new international energy management standard (ISO 50001) implemented across the Talley’s sites. An EECA-approved service provider, Erin Roughton from EMSOL, will work in partnership with Talley’s and EECA to establish energy management systems, identify opportunities and train staff to optimise plant for energy efficiency.
“Food processing is an energy-intensive activity and Talley’s is one of the larger food processors in the country,” noted EECA Business General Manager Greg Visser.
“EECA Business is pleased to see a major commercial operator like Talley’s commit to a comprehensive review of energy use across these large sites.
“Just as importantly, we are excited to see Talley’s senior management driving this initiative. Our experience and research shows that energy management projects are most successful when they have the backing of the bosses.
“Talley’s is demonstrating leadership by working towards meeting the new ISO 50001 energy management standard, and we expect their example will encourage other New Zealand companies to follow suit.”
The goal of the program is to reduce energy use by 5% by 2016.
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