Supermarket giant Woolworths was one of the few non-land based project proponents to achieve success in the recent third round Emissions Reduction Fund auction.
The company’s Project Enlighten was registered under the Carbon Farming Initiative’s Industrial Electricity and Fuel Methodology, and is one of only three energy efficiency projects in total that have been successful in the three auction rounds held since 2015.
The planned reduction in carbon emissions will be achieved through electricity and fuel efficiency activities including lighting upgrades, heating, ventilation and cooling system upgrades, boiler upgrades and variable speed drive installations across sites in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia and the ACT.
The seven-year contract commits the retailer to achieving an abatement of 418,209 kilograms of CO2-equivalent.
In its 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility report, the company said the project had the potential to generate operational cost savings of $100 million annually once it has been fully implemented. Its rate of capital investment in 2015, which included installing solar panels across multiple sites totalling over 1.2 megawatts of capacity, was expected to generate savings of $24 million annually by the end of 2016.
The company is now recruiting a project manager to be appointed for a two-year contract within the Engineering, Maintenance & Services group to manage the end-to-end delivery of the energy efficiency projects nationally.