Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit

Given that energy costs can be at least 15% of total operational costs of a food business, energy efficiency improvements are becoming critical to both future profitability and competitiveness of the food industry.

Use this Toolkit to understand and collect the right kind of information so your business can make informed commercial decisions on equipment upgrades and process improvements.

This Toolkit aims to help small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) food businesses to:

  • Assess benefits and value of energy efficient alternatives
  • Choose actions and upgrades to energy efficient equipment in their operations.

The South Australian food industry contributed $13.7 billion to the State economy in 2012. It is a critical contributor to South Australia’s economic growth and to its future employment projections, but the industry is facing challenging times.

Increasing electricity, fuel and materials costs (with projected flow-on effects from carbon pricing), rising costs of labour and the strong Australian dollar all impact on export revenues.

These factors have been squeezing the profit margins of local businesses and this is particularly a problem for SMEs with revenues less than A$50 million.



Download the workbooks for the Energy Efficent Equipment Toolkit.


Business Case


Equipment used for product chilling and cold storage.

Cooking and heating

Equipment used for product cooking, baking and pasteurisation.

Steam and hot water

Equipment required for the generation and distribution of steam and hot water to manufacturing processes and for cleaning.


Equipment required for the transfer for water and other fluids throughout the manufacturing process, which form a component of most machinery.

Compressed Air

Equipment required to supply compressed air to manufacturing processes and for cleaning.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Systems installed within the manufacturing building to manage indoor air temperature and ventilation.


Systems installed to provide adequate lighting to the manufacturing facility.

Case Studies

Angelakis Bros.

Golden North

Thomas Foods International



An outcome of the Food SA Business Case for Energy Efficient Equipment (BCEEE) program, was delivery of two workshops in Salisbury and Berri during February 2014. These focused on the application of the toolkit to assess the business case. We also heard about the sustainability projects carried out in the Salisbury Council and Riverland regions. These workshops were delivered in partnership with the Polaris Centre at Salisbury and the RDA Riverland.

Program presentations in Salisbury:

Program presentations in Berri:



The Energy Efficent Equipment Toolkit was developed by Food SA in partnership with the Department of Industry, and Zero Waste SA.

This Activity received funding from the Department of Industry as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

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