Christchurch specialty meats producer Verkerks is paying for a lot less energy after taking a fresh look at how it generates heat and processes waste. By converting the boiler to burn tallow, a meat processing byproduct, Verkerks will likely cut their energy costs by $150,000 a year.
Until recently the boiler operated only on diesel, consuming around 7,000 litres - and thousands of dollars - every week. The converted boiler has also cut the factory's particulate matter emissions by 60%.
Verkerks can look forward to a 100% return on their investment within eight months