T&G Global reduces energy consumption through EECA partnership
Joint focus on energy conservation delivers huge energy savings for Turners & Growers
T&G Global has marked an energy saving milestone by signing a new collaboration agreement with government body, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), at its Whakatu pipfruit packing and storage site near Hastings.
T&G Global Chief Executive Officer Alastair Hulbert and EECA Chief Executive Andrew Caseley visited T&G orchards and cool store facilities, where energy usage improvements have been made over the past year, before signing the new agreement.
T&G Global energy conservation milestone reached in just 12 months
T&G’s energy conservation commitment is Doing more, using less. T&G formalised its relationship with EECA in late 2015 and set an initial target of reducing energy use by two GWh by 2018, however that target has already been reached after 12 months with EECA’s support.
Over the past year, T&G has made improvements in high energy areas at 16 of its offices, growing and market sites across New Zealand. The power savings, which equates to the annual energy usage of 280 homes, were achieved through changes to lighting, fans, refrigeration and by introducing heat recovery technology.
Next steps see energy savings targets extended to emissions, water and waste
2017 marks an incredible milestone of 120 years in business for T&G Global. The company is focused on reducing energy use and emissions across its business but also water, waste and land care.
“Our biggest business partner is the land on which we grow,” says Mr Hulbert. “We’re committed to treating it gently and balancing what we take out of it with what we give back through our sustainability commitment, Growing Green, which also covers riparian plantings on our orchards including those in Hawkes Bay.”
T&G will continue to reduce its energy use through the implementation of an energy management strategy and by conducting energy conservation activities and improving staff behaviours; implementing a staff awareness and training programme on energy efficiency; and investigating initiatives to reduce their thermal energy consumption.