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Panpa Bulletin : September 2010
www.panpa.org.au ADDED VALUE It all comes down to the right in- gredients. What applies to gour- met cooking is no less valid for customers and the presentation of their newspapers. Wide and vary- ing collections of print products work up an appetite for reading and also get noticed in the adver- tising market. It's the way to stay in harmony when generating quality and a high level of value creation. OFFERING MORE THAN EXPECTED Ferag Australia Pty Ltd Unit 6b / 190--196 Bourke Road Alexandria, NSW 2015 Australia Phone +61 2 8337 9777 Fax +61 2 8337 9788 email@example.com www.ferag-australia.com The PANPA Bulletin | SEPTEMBER 2010 | 19 Save money, save the planet RUPERT Murdoch famously said of climate change in 2007: "The planet deserves the benefit of the doubt" -- a sound principle that has laid a frame- work for both responsible steward- ship and energy management. One Degree was established as News Limited's climate change initiative on 25 June, 2007 to engage staff and audiences across the coun- try to reduce emissions. In the year ending June 2009, News Limited's carbon footprint was 135,550 tonnes. This year, News Limited is on track to be close to its 20 percent emission reduction target, through a split of 10 percent efficiency savings, and 10 percent renewable energy. The renewable energy part is done - in the financial year 2009 - 2010 News Limited bought "GoldPower" renewable energy certificates rep- resenting 10 percent of our total electricity use emissions. We've also achieved a 6.8 percent reduction in our carbon footprint through increased energy efficiency, saving around 9,800 tonnes of green- house gases, which translates into over A$1,500,000 in energy savings annually. How was this achieved? Through the commitment of individuals and teams focussed on implementing energy reduction ideas. Some of these ideas came from the National Energy Audit program now rolled out to cover over 80 percent of News Limited's carbon footprint. Many came from creative and adaptive thinking by site personnel. In addition to reducing business air travel by replacing with video conferencing and adding hybrid ve- hicles to the News Ltd fleet, there are also significant savings to be made at print and publishing sites. The Cairns Post is a "One de- gree" success story, having already achieved a 36 percent reduction in electricity at its Abbott Street edito- rial and administration offices from 2006 to 2010. An energy audit at the Cairns Post's main office identified air con- ditioning as using 59 percent of the site's electricity needs, and this area showed the biggest opportunities for energy savings. Cooling was supplied by two ageing reciprocating chillers. These chillers were replaced with state-of-the-art PowerPax variable speed drive chillers as our first major One Degree initiative at the site. This replacement, together with a number of other minor energy sav- ing measures resulted in a reduction in electricity consumption of 23.5 percent, cutting CO2 emissions by 208 tonnes per annum. Further lighting and water heating controls are planned for the site, such as an ongoing trial of LED high-bay lights as a replacement for metal halide units. Andrew Killgallan, who is running the trials, said: "The LED units have a higher output which will allow the number of lights to be reduced from 43 to 33." Andrew forecasts carbon emis- sion reductions of 67 tonnes a year, some 1.4 tonnes per lighting unit, and payback is expected to be 2.2 years when maintenance savings are considered, giving ongoing savings of about A$14,000 a year. Maintenance savings are signifi- cant, as the LED lights have a life of 50,000 hours, equating to 8.7 years, in contrast to metal halide bulbs which at best have a life of about 15,000 hours. LED lights also benefit from "instant on" operation, mean- ing sensors can ideally be used to turn them on and off if required. The Cairns Post is not stopping with these successes. Fluorescent light controllers are ready to install -- they will save 10-30 percent of electricity on all our lighting circuits. A number of occupancy sensors are also being fitted to lighting circuits. The water boilers and heaters are also to be switched from the security system with further savings as a result. A very new approach to efficiency is also being evaluated - UV steri- lisation of air using the Steril-Aire UVC air handler treatment systems. The reduction in mould and bacte- rial build up makes heat exchanges work at maximum efficiency and reduces energy and maintenance costs. About a 20-30 percent drop in energy use of chillers is expected. Overall, One Degree has laid a foundation for helping to implement new ideas and better ways of doing things. As part of One Degree, low emission vehicles were added as an option to the News Limited car fleet, saving 125 tonnes of carbon a year or A$70,000 in fuel savings. Dr Wilkins is manager of Environment and Climate Change at News Limited r Tony Wilkins Dr Tony Wilkins, Manager of Environment and Climate Change at News Limited, presents case studies in carbon emission reductions from their One Degree program. Overall, One Degree has laid a foundation for helping to implement new ideas and better ways of doing things" " Opinion