Refrigeration Efficiency Masterclasses, Victoria

Event Date: 
12 September 2018 to 25 October 2018
Location: 
September 12: Shepparton, partnering with Greater Shepparton City Council September 13: Echuca, partnering with Campaspe Shire Council September 14: Bendigo, partnering with City of Greater Bendigo October 3: Geelong October 4: Warrnambool October 17: Mildura, partnering with Mildura Rural City Council October 23: Melbourne, South Eastern Suburbs October 24: Warragul, partnering with Baw Baw Shire Council October 25: Bairnsdale, partnering with East Gippsland Shire Council

It is estimated there are over 65,000 walk-in cool rooms in Victoria, potentially using 1.22GWh per annum and wasting up to 25% energy.

Sustainability Victoria is running free training sessions across Victoria, that will equip businesses with the knowledge and confidence to better manage their refrigeration systems.

Topics covered

The training will cover key principles relating to the efficient and reliable operation of refrigeration equipment, choice of refrigerants, working with refrigeration contractors, and accessing financing for energy efficiency upgrades. The course focus will be on improving the energy efficiency of walk-in cool rooms. Participants will also be introduced to Sustainability Victoria’s free Sustainable Finance Service, that helps businesses to invest in energy efficient or renewable energy solutions.

Who should attend

The course focuses on walk-in cool rooms, so is ideal for business owners/operators in the food and hospitality sectors. The intention is that the Masterclasses will be engaging and appropriately pitched to an audience that may have varying levels of knowledge or operate cool-rooms at different scales ranging from small scale operators (e.g. café owners, butchers), medium users (e.g. supermarkets), and larger users (e.g. large food manufacturers and large scale cold storage facilities).

About the trainer

The trainer, Michael Bellstedt of Minus 40 Refrigeration Engineers will draw on his own experience to provide practical “real-world” examples and relatable insights. The training will incorporate learning tools to make the experience more 'hands-on'. Minus 40 has recently worked with the Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA) to benchmark energy use in refrigeration systems, using remote monitoring equipment installed at a number of businesses in Victoria. Minus 40 is recognised as one of Australia’s leading refrigeration specialists.

Dates and Locations*

  • September 12: Shepparton, partnering with Greater Shepparton City Council
  • September 13: Echuca, partnering with Campaspe Shire Council
  • September 14: Bendigo, partnering with City of Greater Bendigo
  • October 3: Geelong
  • October 4: Warrnambool
  • October 17: Mildura, partnering with Mildura Rural City Council
  • October 23: Melbourne, South Eastern Suburbs
  • October 24: Warragul, partnering with Baw Baw Shire Council
  • October 25: Bairnsdale, partnering with East Gippsland Shire Council

*Dates and locations may change – please register your interest, so we can keep you informed.

To register for an event please send your:

  • Full name
  • Company
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Event location

to Yolanda Sztarr – Yolanda.Sztarr [at] sustainability.vic.gov.au (subject: Refrigeration%20masterclasses)  or phone: 03 8626 8843 

Contact: 

See Sustainability Victoria for more information on the classes.

Yolanda Sztarr – Yolanda.Sztarr [at] sustainability.vic.gov.au (subject: Refrigeration%20masterclasses)  or phone: 03 8626 8843