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In 2008, Hall & Woodhouse, brewer of fine ales and bottled lagers, needed to cut energy consumption. As the result of a free Carbon Trust survey, the brewer has cut its energy usage by 13%, saving nearly £100,000 annually, and around 855 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

"Without help from the Carbon Trust we would never have achieved these results. I'd urge anyone yet to embark on the energy efficiency path to sign up for a free Carbon Survey and start reaping the rewards."—Nick Doughty, site manager, Hall & Woodhouse brewery.

The business case
All brewers are required to make biennial energy returns to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) in order to comply with the industry-wide Climate Change Agreement (CCA). Although Hall & Woodhouse was meeting CCA targets, its performance was slipping.

Having worked with the Carbon Trust before, head brewer Toby Heaseman requested a free Carbon Survey in 2008 to help assess the business's energy use and identify ways in which it could improve. At the time the company's gas and electricity usage was nearly 16MWh, equating to around £500,000 in energy spend and just over 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Identifying energy savings
An initial two day on-site survey of processing methods, equipment and operations, identified four areas of the business where significant energy savings could be made: refrigeration, lighting, the effluent treatment plant and staff engagement. A detailed action plan, itemising priority targets for energy savings within these categories, along with the required investment cost and potential savings, was drawn up.

The results have helped Hall & Woodhouse to cut its energy consumption by 13% since 2008, equating to 855 tonnes of carbon dioxide and over £95,000. Consequently, the company has recouped the full cost of its equipment upgrades (just under £30,000) and improved its ability to meet BBPA targets.

A lasting legacy
A lasting effect of the Carbon Trust’s advice has been to establish a more energy efficient mindset among management, production and admin staff. Site manager, Nick Doughty, now heads up the efficiency drive and improvements are continuing to be made site-wide. Everyone is much more aware about the impact of their behaviour on consumption rates and actively adopting energy efficient practices.

To find out more about Carbon Surveys, or if you would like to apply for a Carbon Survey, please send us an enquiry. The full case study is available for download.

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