Our green commitment
At Exquisine we are committed to doing all we can to minimise our environmental impact and are proud to be using world-first technology to achieve this goal.
We have invested heavily in the future through:
- Our unique, state of the art, CO2 refrigeration system
- Investing in solar technology
- Capturing heat for our office environmental control system
- Commitment to continuous improvement
- Involvement in local and state government initiatives to improve our environmental footprint
By investing in new technologies and equipment we continuously strive to reduce our carbon footprint whilst simultaneously increasing our production capacity.
In 2010 we built the very first CO2 regeneration transcritical refrigeration system in Australia, using ground-breaking world-first technology. So what does this mean exactly? While the system is complicated, the results are easily understood.The technology allows us to power our substantial coolrooms, freezers and production climate control system using only gas from carbon dioxide. Simply put, this means zero contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
As a result we save our environment from the environmental hazards posed by common refrigeration gases. We also save thousands of tons of emissions and waste from energy generation every year.
Through this technology and further efforts we have managed to reduce our energy consumption per dessert unit by an annual 40%.
The roof of our premises is covered with solar panels, allowing us to harness the sun’s natural energy. With our 150kW solar system we are able to generate 25% of our energy needs with solar.
Refrigeration gives off heat. If you stand at the back of your refrigerator at home, you will notice that heat is a natural by-product of refrigeration. Instead of releasing this into the atmosphere, we capture this heat and use it to power the environmental control systems in both our office and factory spaces, saving energy that would otherwise be used to heat and cool these areas.
At Exquisine we believe that better never stops and we are on an ongoing journey of continuous improvement. We have been involved in many great initiatives through both our local council of Darebin and Sustainability Victoria (SV). Most recently we utilised a gas efficiency grant obtained through SV to upgrade our equipment and processes which has reduced our gas usage per dessert by 50%. You can read about our gas upgrade here.