Australian manufacturers are being encouraged to take immediate steps to manage their energy consumption in the face of escalating energy costs and record gas prices.

In a joint initiative, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Energy Efficiency Council and the Australian Industry Group have launched the Australian Manufacturing: Gas Efficiency Guide - a comprehensive resource identifying practical and proven strategies to deliver energy and cost savings across manufacturing operations.

The guide examines the energy needs of a range of manufacturers, from food and beverage production to metals fabrication, printing and furniture manufacturing. It finds significant opportunities to cut energy use, such as a meat processing plant which saved $45,000 per month by cutting gas use by 20% after upgrades to its boiler and steam facilities.