Energy Savers
South East

Southern Queensland Meat Processors

Energy Savings
Beef and Cattle
Evaporator fan
Capital Cost


The Audits of several meat processors identified the potential benefits of adding variable speed controls to evaporator fans with temperature control logic allowing the fans to operate at a lower speed with significant electricity savings. The audits have identified some quick wins to reduce costs of refrigeration systems at low cost. Additional benefits include greenhouse gas emission reductions of 88.5 t CO2-e.

Farm profile

Energy audits were completed for several meat processors in Southern Queensland that process mainly beef cattle as well as sheep and pigs. Refrigeration accounts for between 46% and 55% of energy consumption at each site with multiple cold rooms and refrigerators in operation. Cold rooms operate at different temperatures to accommodate meat in various stages of processing and storage prior to transport. Refrigerated cases are also used for display of processed meat for retail sale on site.

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