Cold storage owners may wish to operate as efficiently as possible yet not always know which techniques to employ.

Tapping into its experience with a range of cold storage and processing facilities, design/build firm Star Refrigeration has developed a roadmap for cold storage facility owners and operators. The roadmap focuses on optimizing energy consumption — and reducing energy bills and carbon footprint in the process — since 60 to 80 percent of the total spend, over the life of a plant, is allocated to energy, according to Star.

The roadmap is split into six stages, half relating to constructing a new facility and half geared toward optimizing an existing refrigeration system. Star identifies opportunities that arise during the planning, construction, refrigeration system design, maintenance and systems analysis and monitoring phases.

Learn more about the roadmap.