Masterclasses supporting Victorian businesses to improve energy efficiency

27 August 2018

Leading businesses in Shepparton are the first to benefit from free Victorian Government masterclasses to help reduce energy costs and get the best performance out of their walk-in cool rooms.

Free Refrigeration Efficiency Masterclasses, delivered by Sustainability Victoria, will run across Victoria until October and offer businesses practical and cost-effective ideas on how their business can achieve energy efficient and reliable operation of their refrigeration equipment.

The free masterclass help businesses that own, operate and/or maintain walk-in cool rooms to avoid many of the design and operating issues that often result in poor reliability and performance, and increased energy consumption.

Refrigeration equipment is a large contributor to electricity costs for businesses that need to keep food and beverages cool.

It is estimated there are over 65,000 walk-in cool rooms in Victoria, potentially using 1.22GWh per annum of electricity and are potentially wasting up to 25 per cent energy.

The Refrigeration Efficiency Masterclasses are being facilitated by refrigeration expert Michael Bellstedt of Minus 40 Engineers, who has decades of experience in refrigeration and energy efficiency and conservation.

Support to businesses is also available through the $6.1 million Boosting Business Productivity Program in the way of expert advice, grants and the information needed to cut energy and materials costs and improve energy productivity.

As part of the program, Energy Assessment, Material Efficiency and Gas Efficiency Grants allow businesses to identify and implement energy improvements.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said that “the free Refrigeration Efficiency Masterclasses educate Victorian businesses to identify energy saving opportunities and reduce energy consumption.”

“These free masterclasses are helping to reduce energy costs and importantly, cut CO2 emissions by offering practical solutions to manage their refrigeration systems more effectively.”

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