Energy efficiency at BWI - GUD Sustainability Award winner

BWI was awarded the 2022 GUD Sustainability Excellence Award for their Minor Changes Massive Impact initiative. 

A group of BWI staff were curious to understand the electricity usage and spend at their Melbourne distribution centre and what was causing various spikes in consumption during the day and week. 

Following their investigation, the team were armed with a deeper understanding of the key drivers of consumption and started testing and implementing improvement actions which reduced the site’s electricity spend by around 20% including 

  • The conversion of office lighting to low-energy LEDs 
  • Optimisation of the automated on/off time settings for the plant air compressors which has reduced overall run-time and shifted demand to off-peak times 
  • Management of office heating/cooling zones which has improved HVAC system efficiency and flattened the site peak load curve

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