Prysmian Australia is the largest manufacturer of energy and telecommunications cabling in Australia that includes the production of ribbon fibre optic cable for the NBN Roll-out.
In a strategic effort to reduce energy consumption and decrease the embedded carbon of its product lines, Prysmian Australia engaged Rana Environmental to project manage a comprehensive energy and carbon reduction strategy, characterised by two distinct components.
The first stage saw the completion of a detailed Level 2 Energy Audit via the Energy Saver Program, which attracts a 70% subsidised audit cost from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. Indeed Prymian Cables & Systems represented the largest industrial site to be offered a subsidised energy audit since the Energy Saver Programs inception in 2009.
The secondary stage involved the integration of outcomes of the energy audit process into a funding application to the Clean Technology Investment Program (CTIP).
Rana Environmental was successful in obtaining approval for $868,000 in funding, representing a total project budget of $2,073,000 and the opportunity to save 3,500MWh in energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3,075 tonnes per annum.
The project funding addressed demand and supply-side compressed air system upgrades, and factory and security lighting efficiency upgrades across Prysmian’s Liverpool and Dee Why Plants, and is estimated to reduce energy consumption by approximately 20%, equating to an annual cost saving in the order of one million dollars.