foundryWhy be energy efficient?

By improving energy efficiency, manufacturers can reduce costs and increase predictable earnings in the face of rising electricity prices. Many companies are investing in energy-efficient processes and technologies as the best way to reduce costs and carbon emissions.

Manufacturers can also improve their competitive advantage through designing and manufacturing energy-efficient products to achieve greater innovation, market share and customer loyalty.


Start exploring energy-efficiency opportunities for general manufacturing:

  • Optimise the use of existing equipment

    Improving real-time process data monitoring and benchmarking can support optimisation of existing equipment. Significant energy savings can be achieved through...
  • Improve the efficiency of existing equipment in manufacturing

    The efficiency of existing equipment can be improved through proactive maintenance, reducing heat loss and optimising the conditions under which...
  • Invest in equipment upgrade in manufacturing

    Energy efficiency improvements can be achieved through upgrading, ensuring it is sized correctly, and by replacing inefficient older equipment. Some examples of...
  • Collaborate with supply chains

    A collaborative approach to carbon management within the supply chain has the potential to realise large carbon savings by helping participants to proactively address customer expectations, stay ahead of legislated requirements and maintain a competitive edge.
See all opportunities in General manufacturing

Although they have much in common, each sub-sector of the manufacturing industry has specific energy-efficiency opportunities. In addition to the general opportunities outlined below, also refer to the relevant Manufacturing sub-sector pages for more information.

Case studies

  • Case study update: Midland Brick 2009 (Opens in a new window)
    • Department of the Environment and Energy
    • PDF 263 KB

    Midland Brick uses 1.62 PJ of energy annually, representing some 40% of total production costs. An energy efficiency assessment in 2007 identified over 50 projects that would both save energy and have other non-energy benefits including productivity, quality and safety improvements. At the time of the case study, three projects were completed and five were to be implemented, and were expected to save 106,371 GJ of energy each year. This case study was developed as part of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program.

  • Case study: Incitec Pivot Plant – Gibson Island 2009 (Opens in a new window)
    • Department of the Environment and Energy
    • PDF 464 KB

    The Incitec Pivot plant at Gibson Island in Queensland used about 13 PJ of energy in 2008–09 in the manufacture of nitrogen-based fertilisers. This case study describes three projects estimated to save 150,000 GJ of energy annually. This case study was developed as part of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program.

  • Smarter Resources Smarter Business Case Studies 2013

    Case studies showing how small to medium sized businesses in Victoria  are saving tens of thousands of dollars a year by reducing their energy or materials use with support from the Smarter Resources Smarter Business program.

  • AiG case study: Victoria Carpets - Bendigo 2014

    This video produced by AiG and City West Water in conjunction with Sustainability Victoria explains the range of energy saving measures that Victoria Carpets in Bendigo was able to identify and implement as part of its effort towards achieving ISO 40001 environmental accreditation.

  • AiG case study: ZF Boge Elastmetall - Dingley 2014

    This video produced by AiG and City West Water in conjunction with Sustainability Victoria explains the benefits gained from staff engagement and establishing comprehensive energy targets and key performance indicators at ZF Boge Elastmetall in Dingley.