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Blowing away energy inefficiencies

Date 29 Nov 2007
Author The Editor
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Energy specialists from One NorthEast have helped a regional business make thousands of pounds worth of efficiency savings. Engineers from the regional development agency's Energy Resource Efficiency (ERE) programme have been working at the Geka Manufacturing plant in Tanfield Lea, County Durham, for the past five months.

Following an energy audit of the plant, engineers identified many areas where Geka Manufacturing could make efficiency savings, bringing in Air Technology Limited to help refine production processes.

Geka, which manufactures cosmetics packaging, has cut its carbon emissions by around 300 tonnes per year, reduced energy bills by 20% and will save the business over £35,000 a year.

ERE senior energy advisor, Allen Jones, said: "The training given to the staff at Geka enabled them to source a new compressed air system which is set to save the company over £19,000 per year, while allowing for an increase in productivity, which the old system could not sustain."

Raymond Oliver, managing director of Geka said: "The new system has proved to be a great success and benefit for GEKA and its stakeholders. After running with a high risk, inefficient compressed air system, we now have acquired an efficient and reliable system, which will serve for many years to come. "As a result of working with the ERE programme we have saved 20% on our energy bills and reduced our carbon emissions dramatically, while supporting training and development of the people, in line with our strategy."

 

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