Canada’s top industrial energy savers recognized

CIPEC award winners announced at EMC/NRCAN’s Energy Summit 2014.

May 15, 2014   by PLANT STAFF

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Industrial companies that have made dramatic strides reducing their energy use were recognized with leadership awards at the Energy Summit 2014 conference on May 14, presented by the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and Natural Resources Canada’s CIPEC program.

There were 10 winners in six categories described by the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation as distinguishing themselves through improved energy efficiency, reduced costs and improved productivity as a result of responsible energy use. The winners are:

• Corporate Stewardship

3M Canada Co., which has ISO 50001 certification for its plants in Brockville and London, Ont., has implemented ongoing company-wide energy consumption improvements. Its efforts will save almost $2 million annually. Between 2011 and 2013, 3M reduced natural gas consumption by 4 million cubic metres, reduced electricity demand by 1,150 kilowatts and saved nearly 12 gigawatt-hours of electricity use.

Chrysler Canada Inc. in Brampton, Ont. also has ISO 50001 certification and a well-established energy management system that encourages continuous improvement. Most recently, it replaced control panels with new smart systems that have improved heating, ventilation and exhaust systems. These efforts have reduced the use of non-production gigajoules per day by 27% and show a 9% improvement in space heating efficiency.

• Process and Technology Improvement

EBI Énergie inc. – Dépôt Rive-Nord, located in Saint-Thomas, Que., built a new biogas co-generation plant that supplies electricity to the grid, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and water use. Annual energy consumption is 41% lower compared to a baseline building performance.

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, with trout hatchery facilities in Clearwater, Abbotsford, Fort Steele, Summerland and Duncan, BC, has developed technology that’s less expensive than off-the-shelf water recirculation pumping and significantly reduces water and electrical energy consumption for fish farming. FFSBC is saving close to $20,000 in electricity and has achieved a 26.6% reduction in electrical intensity annually, and overall reduction of 44.2%.

• Energy Performance Management

New Gold Inc. (New Afton Mine), located in Kamloops, BC, has ISO 50001 certification and is continuously monitoring, tracking, evaluating and verifying the energy performance of its gold and copper mining facilities. New Afton Mine’s sustainable mining practices include employee awareness and energy management information systems. These efforts have achieved a savings of nearly 4000 gigajoules of energy annually.

• Employee Awareness and Training

KI Pembroke LP, in Pembroke, Ont., has upgraded compressor controls; improved plant ventilation systems and building envelop performance; and added smart controls and timers. Many of these energy saving initiatives were the result of employee training and engagement. Overall, the company reduced energy consumption by more than 1.4 gigawatt-hours of electricity and more than 600,000 cubic metres of natural gas last year.

• Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy

PepsiCo Foods Canada, including its eight manufacturing facilities, 13 distribution centres, and headquarters facility in Mississauga, Ont., has a Performance with Purpose program that includes protecting the environment and empowering people. As a result, PepsiCo has achieved 1.4% reduction in electricity use and a total fuel use (manufacturing and fleet) reduction of 2.4% from 2011 to 2013.

Barrick-Hemlo, which operates underground and open pit mines in Ontario, has implemented a strategy with a suite of energy reducing projects in its mining operations. Doing so since 2011 has reduced energy consumption and its environmental footprint. Energy savings total 10,000 megawatt-hours while trimming operating costs and increasing revenue by more than $5.7 million per year.

• Future Leaders Award

Andre Pelletier, PhD candidate, Limerick Pulp & Paper Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, devised an enzymatic method to pre-treat wood chips to save energy in pulping processes. This project has the potential to lower refining energy needed to produce pulp by 36% while improving paper product quality and reducing GHGs.

Antony Hilliard, Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, devised a unique energy performance diagnosis tool to complement existing methods that are currently being used by energy managers. It has the potential to change perceptions and use of data in a way that integrates well with the industry’s energy monitoring standards.

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