Sealord hosted more than 80 representatives from large industries across New Zealand on Friday to demonstrate the energy savings programme it has on its Nelson Vickerman Street site.
The visitors were in Nelson taking part in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) Large Energy Users Forum.
Sealord general manager of operations Doug Paulin said as part of the company’s commitment to sustainability it had an energy savings programme overseen by an energy management committee.
The aim was to reduce the Nelson site’s annual energy use by 10 per cent. Sealord had already achieved 8 per cent savings in this financial year.
Most savings had come from its energy monitoring system, factory LED lights and system improvements such as boilers and compressed air.
“The Committee looked across the site and identified areas where significant improvements could be made in energy usage, not just electricity but also water and light fuel oil,” Paulin said.
“We have worked closely with EECA on this programme, so it was great to arrange this site visit with them to show other large energy users the improvements we have introduced.”.
EECA’s chief executive Andrew Caseley said “Business leaders really appreciate seeing first-hand what other companies are doing to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
“Sealord has worked hard to engage staff in energy management and introduced some exciting technology – I’m sure many people will be going away with fresh ideas and inspiration,” he said.
“Energy use by businesses – excluding transport – accounts for about 50 per cent of New Zealand’s total energy use, and more than 40 per cent of our energy-related carbon emissions.”
Caseley said the sector had excellent opportunities to reduce energy use and carbon emissions to the benefit of all New Zealanders.
He said EECA partnered with a number of large businesses across New Zealand that spend more than $1 million a year on energy and have high carbon emissions.
These are generally large users of coal and gas, and have the greatest potential savings.