RASPBERRY Swirl ice cream will taste just that bit better once Norco's new refrigeration system is installed in its Lismore plant.
Thanks to a recent grant of $220,000 from the Australian Government's Clean Technology Investment program, Norco will add a new evaporative condenser at its Raleigh plant and replace holding freezer evaporators in Lismore.
"It will get colder, quicker," Norco general manager for operations Ian Foote said when asked if this meant the ice cream would be colder.
With 45 million litres of ice cream a year coming out of the Lismore plant, any extra efficiency in its creation is a good thing, according to Norco chairman Greg McNamara.
"With the installation of two units replacing and doing the work of several, it will be much more efficient," he said.
"We expect to save around 500 tonnes of carbon a year and 595 megawatts of electricity."
Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin agreed the new systems would be much cleaner and greener.
"The project is expected to reduce the carbon emissions intensity of Norco's refrigeration system at its Raleigh and Lismore plants by 6% and will result in savings of over $95,000 in energy costs per year," she said.
Norco is matching the government with a two for one investment of more than $440,000.
Other companies to receive part of the $1.2 million grant include the NSW Sugar Milling Co-Operative Ltd at Harwood and Fast Freeze International Ltd at Casino.
"For the (sugar co-operative) there is a grant of $1,004,253 for a $3 million project expected to improve the efficiency of the sugar mill boiler," Ms Saffin said. "This will cut carbon emissions by 53% and result in savings of $660,000 in energy costs per year."
Fast Freeze will also replace two old and inefficient freezers.
This is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 65% and result in a $27,000 saving in energy costs.
Ms Saffin said the Clean Technology Investment program helped local manufacturers.
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