In a bid to further increase the efficiency of operations, food logistics specialist, ACS&T, is to trial an electricity monitoring system at its Tewkesbury site. The system, supplied by energy demand and response business, REstore, will identify opportunities for ACS&T to reduce power usage during peak periods at its cold store, cutting costs and improving efficiency.

REstore’s Demand Response allows energy suppliers and transmission grid operators to look to energy users, such as ACS&T, to relieve the energy market and the grid of excess demand at critical times. REstore will install equipment to monitor ACS&T’s electricity usage in its cold store, limiting unnecessary power usage at peak times.

Jeremy Pettit, General Manager at ACS&T Tewkesbury commented:

“Using REstore’s Demand Response service at our Tewkesbury site will enable us to minimise our power demand at critical times without any impact on our service. This should return some prudent savings on our energy costs and will help to lessen the impact of future electricity increases, which are a significant part of our operating costs.”

Whilst the cost of installing the monitoring equipment is covered by REstore, ACS&T will see a further contribution to its energy reduction plan, which includes LED lighting and solar power. If the trial is successful, the system will be rolled out to the company’s other three sites.

ACS&T operates from four centres in Grimsby, Wolverhampton, Tewkesbury and Scarborough. Its extensive estates include 12 cold stores, 3 ambient stores, and large, dedicated and shared-user multi-temperature transport fleets.

Committed to delivering a high-quality service, with robust CSR and environmental policies, the company is one of the first food logistics businesses in Europe to be accredited with the BRC Storage & Distribution certificate across all temperature regimes, and also holds the ISO9001 and 14001.