NSW Green Business Program
Under the NSW Green Business Program, $8.1 million is being provided for 21 projects to save an estimated 218 million litres of water, 35,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 21,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. This program is closed and support is now being provided to business through the $15 million Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program and the $20 million Sustainability Advantage Program under the Energy Efficiency Strategy. The Australian Government also has a range of funding programs for business sustainability.
The following projects are being funded:
Energy saving projects
Bunnings Group Limited - Lighting replacement in Bunnings Warehouse stores in NSW
Drycleaning Institute of Australia NSW - Dry Cleaner Electricity Saving Project
EcoSave Pty Ltd - Commercial-Industrial-Retail (CIR) Energy & Water Savings Program
EDS Australia - Power Factor Correction Installation
Hawker de Havilland Aerospace Pty Ltd - Energy Efficient Lighting for aircraft components manufacturing
Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd - Utility Management System
Mirvac Projects Pty Ltd - Mirvac Tri-generation System, Royal Newcastle Hospital Site
Mirvac Property Trust - Commercial Building Energy Savings Projects
Qantas Airways Limited - Jet Base Fluorescent Tube Lighting Energy Reduction
Qantas Airways Limited - Sydney Domestic Terminal Outside Air Cooling Efficiency Improvement
Sara Lee Bakery Pty Ltd - Optimization of Refrigeration System
Tooheys Pty Limited - Tooheys 2MW Co-generation Project
Vinidex Pty Ltd - Vinidex, Smithfield - Extrusion Chiller Upgrade
Westfield Management Limited - Cogeneration Energy initiative for Westfield Sydney City
Water saving projects
Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd - Rainwater harvesting for process water use
Coles Group Limited - Installation of the Enware Pre-Rinse Gun, in Coles and Bilo Supermarkets
Rockdale Beef Pty Ltd - Rockdale Sustainability Projects
Rous County Council - Engaging Business to Save Potable Water in the Rous Water region
Spik Pty Ltd - Western White Linen Water Recycling Project
Swift Electroplating (NSW) Pty Ltd - Water recycling and heavy metal recovery in electroplating processes
University of Technology, Sydney - Cooling tower bleed water reuse in toilet flushing
Please email us or call the Environment Line on 1300 361 967 for more information on the NSW Climate Change Fund.
Energy saving projects
Bunnings Group Limited
Lighting replacement in Bunnings Warehouse Stores in NSW
Bunnings have replaced 3,434 halide hi-bay lamps and CBUS control gear in 16 warehouse stores with a bi-level lighting system controlled by an etronic electric ballast. This allows the level of light from each fitting to be directed downwards to maximise their effect. The ballasts also lower lamp wattage from 320W to 250W and make the lights burn brighter for longer. Combined with the Bunnings Store design, which optimises natural light through translucent roof panels, this new lighting system is saving an estimated 2,535 megawatt hours of electricity and 2,687 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Drycleaning Institute of Australia NSW
Dry Cleaner Electricity Saving Project
Major energy savings have been made in the dry cleaning industry though this energy education program which improved efficiency in dry-cleaning businesses from Sydney to Newcastle. Building on a bi-lingual model developed for Asian dry-cleaners by the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, the Drycleaning Institute provided energy audits to participating dry cleaners to identify energy waste from boilers and provided incentives to fix any problems. The program is saving an estimated 650 megawatt hours of electricity and 689 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
EcoSave Pty Ltd
Commercial-Industrial-Retail (CIR) Energy & Water Savings Program
EcoSave implemented an Energy & Water Savings Program which delivered energy and water savings in commercial, industrial and retail buildings. The project included a combination of air conditioning and ventilation upgrades, coupled with an education component which promoted the energy and water saving achievements across 12 facilities. This project is saving an estimated 1,021 megawatt hours of electricity and 1,082 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Power Factor Correction Installation
Power factor correction equipment has been installed at EDS's Data Centre at Burwood to maximise energy efficiency and reduce peak demand. Improvements have been made to the server equipment and the project is saving an estimated 789 kW in electrical peak demand.
Hawker de Havilland Aerospace Pty Ltd
Energy Efficient Lighting for aircraft components manufacturing
Lighting has been upgraded at Hawker de Havilland's component manufacturing facility at Bankstown, which has set a baseline for future upgrades in assembly lines and buildings for Hawker de Havilland. The company which develops, designs, tests and makes equipment for the commercial and military aircraft industry has installed a new form of lighting for assembly lines, saving an estimated 138 megawatt hours of electricity and 147 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd
Utility Management System
A new utility management system has been installed in the Kelloggs factory in Botany which monitors energy use and performance of the factory equipment so it runs to optimum efficiency. This includes boilers, compressors chillers, speed drives and cooling towers. The project has been a pilot for Kellogg with the potential for being rolled out across its international operations. It is saving an estimated 2,606 megawatt hours of electricity and 3,097 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Mirvac Projects Pty Ltd
Mirvac Co-generation System, Royal Newcastle Hospital Site
A Co-generation System will be used to generate power and capture heat for reuse in Mirvac's residential, retail and hotel redevelopment of the Royal Newcastle Hospital Site. The Co-generation System will combine hot water, and power from a single low emission gas-fired source. It will increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project will also create a new benchmark for a mixed development and is expected to save an estimated 450 megawatt hours of electricity a year. The concept promises to drive change in the behaviour and practices of developers, electricity generators and customers and demonstrate a technology that can be readily replicated within the property sector and beyond.
Mirvac Property Trust
Commercial Building Energy Savings Projects
Mirvac Property Trust has implemented 16 energy savings projects at three of its commercial buildings in Sydney and Pyrmont. The 'bundled' energy savings projects include upgrades to lighting, air-conditioning, hot water and the building management systems. Collectively, the works at the Bay Centre, Pyrmont; 1 Castlereagh St and the Marriott Hotel in College Street are saving an estimated 496 megawatt hours of electricity a year and 526 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Qantas Airways Limited
Jet Base Fluorescent Tube Lighting Energy Reduction
Qantas replaced more than 7000 fluorescent light fixtures with 6,625 energy efficient light fittings in two office buildings and an avionics workshop building at its Mascot Jet Base. The project is significantly reducing energy consumption at the Mascot base, saving an estimated 1,583 megawatt hours of electricity and 1,678 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.
Qantas Airways Limited
Sydney Domestic Terminal Outside Air Cooling Efficiency Improvement
Qantas are saving energy and emissions at the Domestic Terminal at Sydney Airport by improving the efficiency of the air conditioning. The outside temperatures and passenger numbers are being monitored and the air conditioning adjusted accordingly. The project involved the installation of 74 carbon dioxide sensors and 27 major Air Handling Units, to measure and control minimum outside air requirements. This system adjusts the air condition balance to best suit the time of day and peak periods in the terminal, significantly reducing electricity demand and consumption. This project is saving an estimated 91 megawatt hours of electricity and 97 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Sara Lee Bakery Pty Ltd
Optimization of Refrigeration System
Sara Lee has optimized the refrigeration system at its Lisarow manufacturing facility, saving energy from one of the most electricity intensive aspects of food manufacturing. The electricity consumption of the refrigeration system accounted for approximately half of the total electricity consumption of the Lisarow plant. Improved efficiency of the refrigeration system has been achieved by installing of electronic expansion valves, variable speed drives and programmable logic controls. This project is saving an estimated 977 megawatt hours of electricity and 1,036 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Tooheys Pty Limited
Tooheys 2MW Co-generation Project
Tooheys installed a natural gas-fired cogeneration project which generated electricity at its Lidcombe manufacturing plant. The project generates thermal heat for use in the beer-making process. The co-generation project at the Toohey's site has reduced peak demand on the site by over 2MW. The project is saving an estimated 17,062 megawatt hours of grid electricity and 10,416 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Vinidex Pty Ltd
Vinidex, Smithfield - Extrusion Chiller Upgrade
Vinidex's Smithfield plant has replaced the chillers in the cooling system at each production line. The installation of the high-efficiency chiller has resulted in the refrigeration being 30 per cent more efficient and is saving an estimated 300 megwatt hours of electricity and 318 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Westfield Management Limited
Cogeneration Energy initiative for Westfield Sydney City
This project aims to reduce energy consumption in the new Westfield shopping centre development at Pitt St Mall, through the installation of a cogeneration energy and cooling system for the site. Three 1500 kVA gas fired generators will be installed, which will operate in conjunction with the site's substations. Absorption chillers will also be installed, using waste heat from the generators for cooling within the site. This project will reduce electricity consumption for the shopping centre, saving an estimated 7,100 megawatt hours of electricity and 2,939 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
Water saving projects
Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd
Rainwater harvesting for process water use
Rainwater is being collected from the roof of Coca-Cola's Northmead Plant in Sydney to be re-used in the production process. The project is using a two step tank storage system that allows for higher quality rainwater to be diverted and treated to a level that is fit for re-use in production, saving an estimated 4 million litres of drinking water a year. Coca-Cola Amatil is Australia's largest manufacturer of beverages and food. This project builds on water efficiency projects rolled out across the company's Australian operations.
Coles Group Limited
Installation of the Enware Pre-Rinse Gun, in Coles and Bilo Supermarkets
Coles Supermarkets have installed new rinse guns to wash down surfaces in its Coles and BiLo stores in NSW, saving an estimated 40 million litres of water, 38 megawatt hours of electricity and 40 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The new Enware pre-rinse gun has a 6 star WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards) rating and cleans faster using only four litres of water a minute. The new equipment means surfaces in the delicatessen area are cleaned using high-speed, efficient spraying instead of being wiped down with water from troughs or sinks.
Rockdale Beef Pty Ltd
Rockdale Sustainability Projects
Rockdale Beef has implemented a suite of sustainability projects to save energy and water at their Yanco premises. As one of Australia's largest feedlots and beef abattoirs, Rockdale exports to Japan and employs 550 people in regional NSW. An electric vacuum system and automatic spray sterilizers have been installed to reduce water consumption and they are using Power Factor correction to reduce energy use. These improvements are saving an estimated 88.2 million litres of water a year.
Rous County Council
Engaging Business to Save Potable Water in the Rous Water region
A multi-pronged approach to water savings which develops partnerships with business water users and helps them put savings actions into practice has reduced drinking water use at Rous Water by an estimated 55.8 million litres a year. This project targeted high water-using businesses, identified barriers to water savings and helped users implement on-ground works.
Spik Pty Ltd
Western White Linen Water Recycling Project
Western White Linen is a commercial laundry which has installed an Aquamiser and Energy Optimiser System water recycling plant. This new system includes a waste water pit, two fresh water tanks and one filtered water tank, filtered water pumps and a management system to provide water quality and temperature statistics. This project is cutting laundry water use, saving an estimated 14 million litres of drinking water a year.
Swift Electroplating (NSW) Pty Ltd
Water recycling and heavy metal recovery in electroplating processes
Swift Electroplating has introduced new water de-ionisation technology to recycle water and recover heavy metals used in electroplating processes. The project recovers more than 80% of water used in the electroplating manufacturing processes. It also maximises the cycle of the deionisation processing, and diverts trade waste from the sewer to be recycled. This project is saving an estimated 13.7 million litres of drinking water a year.
University of Technology, Sydney
Cooling tower bleed water reuse in toilet flushing
The University of Technology, Sydney city campus is now recycling waste water from the central plant cooling towers into the toilet flushing system throughout its 28-storey building complex. The towers discharge up to 28,000 litres of water a day and average flushing demand is 34,000 litres of water a day. Water from the mains makes up the shortfall. By treating and redirecting this discharge water into the toilet system, the university is saving an estimated 2.5 million litres of water a year.
Page last updated: 02 May 2013