Silver Fern Farms' Finegand meat works in South Otago.
Silver Fern Farms is investing about $1.4 million in an
energy management initiative that it says will deliver cost
savings of $700,000 a year within two years.
The company is working with the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority (EECA) to achieve annual energy
savings of more than 13 gigawatt hours.
It will incorporate energy efficiency into its business
strategy and invest in more efficiency projects in its
Improved energy management was a key priority for the
business, Silver Fern Farms chief executive Keith Cooper
''In everything we do, we want to do our industry and our
country proud. The way we look after our resources is a mark
about us as a company.
''It is important that we make our production infrastructure
as energy efficient as possible to enable the best use of the
Under the initiative, Silver Fern Farms will develop energy
management plans for five of its larger sites - Finegand
(South Otago), Pareora (South Canterbury), Fairton
(Mid-Canterbury), Takapau and Pacific (both Hawkes Bay).
The plans will include implementing systems to identify,
evaluate and implement energy efficiency opportunities.
Most of the sites were older plants that had been built on or
extended over the years, Mr Cooper said.
It was a ''bite-size'' approach and the company would learn
from those five sites. There was ''no doubt'' it would be
successful and the projected savings were conservative, he
''The energy savings resulting from this plan will assist us
to provide ongoing financial benefit to the business,'' Mr
It was not about reducing costs or people but about being
smart and efficient. There was a lot to be learnt from the
initiative, he said.
EECA business funding of up to $240,000, contingent on
achieving energy savings targets and other milestones, was
available to the company.
Energy and utility consultants Enercon has been contracted by
Silver Fern Farms to assist in in establishing the energy
management plans and associated energy efficiency projects.
In December last year, EECA Business announced it would
support an initiative to help another meat company, Anzco,
over two years, to help generate long-term energy savings in
The programme would target a reduction in its processing
plant energy use by 25GWh, returning ongoing annual savings
of $2.45 million after two years.