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Key Outcomes

  • Offset 399 tonnes of CO2 per annum

  • Savings of $55,668 plus GST

  • Reduced energy consumption of 51.9%

Business Problem

One of Australia’s leading food manufacturers, George Weston Foods Limited (GWF) operates over 58 sites in Australia and New Zealand. Their Speedibake facility was in dire need of upgrades to four out-dated compressors which supplied the premises with 34.8m3/min in compressed air. Operating inefficiently, and affecting the air quality of the facility, these aging compressors threatened the quality of food produced by the firm. An innovative solution was required to not only mitigate risk to food production, but lowers costs and reduce environmental impact.

Energy and Carbon Solution

Aging and out-dated equipment is an issue for many manufacturers, not least of which are food producers like GWF and their brands. Upgrading redundant equipment can be an expensive process for businesses, which can discourage manufacturers from making the necessary changes.

Energy and Carbon Solutions built a case for GWF’s Speedibake facility, which highlighted the cost savings and the time expected for the project to pay dividends from these savings. As a result, GWF Speedibake committed to the upgrade of their compressors to new VSD models, as well as the installation of adequate refrigerator dryers, filters and safety measures. The installation of an activated carbon tower has seen GWF Speedibake meet the ANZ Food Standards Code of Practice, and achieve HACCP grade compressed air.


Saving GWF Speedibake over $55,000 in costs, and reducing electricity consumption by over 50%, the upgrades have revolutionised the plant’s operations. Expected to be paid back in just 3.9 years, the project has seen a saving of 449 MWh of energy, annually, and offset almost 400 tonnes of carbon per year.

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