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Sealord energy saving on show

Sealord today hosted more than 80 representatives from large industries across New Zealand to show the energy savings programme it has on its Nelson Vickerman Street site.
The visitors were in Nelson taking part in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) Large Energy Users Forum.
"As part of Sealord’s commitment to sustainability it has an energy savings programme overseen by an Energy Management Committee, which aims to reduce the Nelson site’s annual energy use by 10%,” says GM Operations Doug Paulin.
“The Committee looked across the site and identified areas where significant improvements could be made in energy usage, not just electricity but also water and light fuel oil and already this financial year we have achieved 8% savings against plan. These savings have come from our energy monitoring system, factory LED lights and system improvements such as boilers and compressed air.   

“We have worked closely with EECA on this programme, so it was great to arrange this site visit with them to show other large energy users the improvements we have introduced.”
“Business leaders really appreciate seeing first-hand what other companies are doing to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. Sealord has worked hard to engage staff in energy management and introduced some exciting technology – I’m sure many people will be going away with fresh ideas and inspiration,” says Andrew Caseley, EECA’s Chief Executive.
“Energy use by businesses (excluding transport) accounts for about 50% of New Zealand’s total energy use, and more than 40% of our energy-related carbon emissions.
“The sector has excellent opportunities to reduce energy use and carbon emissions to the benefit of all New Zealanders.
“EECA partners with large businesses across New Zealand that spend more than $1 million a year on energy and have high carbon emissions.  These are generally large users of coal and gas, and have greatest potential savings.
“Saving energy is good for business, good for the economy, and good for the whole of New Zealand,” Andrew Caseley says.
For more information contact:
Debbie Hannan, Sealord Public Affairs and Communications Manager, (03) 539 1907, or 021 871 685
Maggie Tait, EECA Senior Communications Advisor, (04) 470 2212, or 027 204 7439

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