Refrigeration Efficiency Masterclass

Stacks of white plastic trays inside a cool roomIt is estimated there are over 65,000 walk-in cool rooms in Victoria, potentially using 1.22GWh per annum and wasting up to 25 per cent energy.

We are running free training sessions across Victoria, that will equip businesses with the knowledge and confidence to better manage their refrigeration systems.

Topics covered

The training will cover key principles relating to the efficient and reliable operation of refrigeration equipment, choice of refrigerants, working with refrigeration contractors, and accessing financing for energy efficiency upgrades. The course focus will be on improving the energy efficiency of walk-in cool rooms. Participants will also be introduced to Sustainability Victoria’s free Sustainable Finance Service, that helps businesses to invest in energy efficient or renewable energy solutions.

Who should attend

The course focuses on walk-in cool rooms, so is ideal for business owners/operators in the food and hospitality sectors. The intention is that the Masterclasses will be engaging and appropriately pitched to an audience that may have varying levels of knowledge or operate cool-rooms at different scales ranging from small scale operators (e.g. café owners, butchers), medium users (e.g. supermarkets), and larger users (e.g. large food manufacturers and large scale cold storage facilities).

About the trainer

The trainer, Michael Bellstedt of Minus 40 Refrigeration Engineers will draw on his own experience to provide practical “real-world” examples and relatable insights. The training will incorporate learning tools to make the experience more “hands-on”. Minus 40 has recently worked with the Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA) to benchmark energy use in refrigeration systems, using remote monitoring equipment installed at a number of businesses in Victoria. Minus 40 is recognised as one of Australia’s leading refrigeration specialists.

Dates and Locations*

Broadmeadows – 14 August – Completed

Shepparton – 12 September

Partnering with: Greater Shepparton City Council
Location: Parklake Hotel, 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Time: 8.30am–12 noon


Echuca – 13 September

Partnering with: Campaspe Shire Council
Location: Quest Echuca, 25–29 Heygarth Street, Echuca
Time: 8.30am–12 noon


Bendigo – 14 September

Partnering with: City of Greater Bendigo
Location: The Loaded Plate Café, 521A Napier Street, White Hills
Time: 8am–11:30am


Geelong – 3 October

Partnering with: City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire
Location: Geelong Conference Centre, Eastern Park Gardens, 20 Adams Court, East Geelong
Time: 9am–12:30pm

Warrnambool – 4 October

Partnering with: Warrnambool City Council
Location: Pavilion Café, 50 Viaduct Road, Warrnambool
Time: to be confirmed

Mildura – 17 October

Partnering with: Mildura Regional Development
Location: Mildura Golf Resort, 287 Twelfth Street, Mildura
Time: 8am–11:30am

Dandenong – 23 October

Partnering with: The City of Greater Dandenong’s Economic Development Unit (EDU) and South East Business Networks (SEBN)
Location: Dandenong Civic Centre, Level 2/225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
Time: 9am–12.30pm

Warragul – 24 October

Partnering with: Baw Baw Shire Council
Location: to be confirmed
Time: to be confirmed

Bairnsdale – 25 October

Partnering with: East Gippsland Shire Council
Location: to be confirmed
Time: to be confirmed

*Dates and locations may change – please register your interest, so we can keep you informed.

To register for an event please send your:

  • Full name
  • Company
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Event location

to Miriam Powell – or phone: (03) 8626 8865


Refrigeration Efficiency Masterclasses are supported and endorsed by industry associations Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air-Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA).

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Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Miriam Powell

Delivery Partner

03 8626 8865