May 14-15 conference targets best management practices and success stories.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Happy with your energy bill? If you are a Canadian manufacturer, particularly one from Ontario, the answer to that question will be “no,” with a side order of @#%$*!!!
Well, help is at hand. The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian Industrial Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) is bringing together the country’s leading energy experts to share best practices and the latest innovations at Energy Summit 2014.
The national event to be held May 14-15 in Niagara Falls, Ont. will focus on the theme, “Where Efficiency Meets Profitability” featuring the latest resources, tools and information, plant tours and a trade show.
What makes this event different – with its four keynotes, 25 sessions and more than 50 subject matter experts – is nearly all of the workshops and panels are industry led, says Scott McNeil-Smith, EMC’s director of strategic planning and communications. “It will be manufacturers learning from other manufacturers who have ‘been there and done that’.”
And everyone speaking at the event – all leaders in their industries – were vetted by NRCan (which is managing the program).
McNeil-Smith says one of the main reasons manufacturers give for not pursuing energy efficiency/sustainability is the added cost. “This event is building the business case for pursuing both while also creating business and economic opportunity.”
Topics include energy and water saving opportunities, energy procurement and management strategies, the ISO 50001 energy management system standard, life cycle analysis and advancing sustainability through lean.
McNeil-Smith highlights three sessions that should be of particular interest.
One is the Energy Star for Industry panel that looks delivering value by improving energy performance. Of particular interest to anyone who manufactures products for the home or office, such as appliances, tools and equipment, will be panelist Elizabeth Duttrow, who directs the voluntary Energy Star program for the US Environmental Protection Agency. It helps manufacturers improve the energy efficiency of their operations.
“The federal government is looking at a standard that’s similar to the Energy Star program,” says McNeil-Smith. “Many manufacturers are already meeting the standard’s qualifications. Maybe a North American standard would make more sense.”
Another must attend session is ISO 50001 Success Stories, featuring a panel from IBM (Bromont, Que.), Natural Resources Canada, Chrysler Canada, the US Department of Energy and Harbec Inc.
The global energy management standard based on the Plan, Do, Check, Act continuous improvement framework also helps companies promote energy efficiency through their suppliers.
“It provides a reasonable energy management system for plants of any size,” says McNeil-Smith. “Companies that have adopted other standards (such as ISO 14001) will have already done the background work.”
And anyone that uses water in their manufacturing processes would benefit from the Water, the Overlooked Resource session. Presented by GE Power and Water, it will look at ways to make better and more efficient use of water resources. McNeil-Smith cited a poultry processor that was using five times the water it actually needed managed to save about $90,000 a year by implementing lean tools and spending a few dollars on plumbing parts, adjusting machinery and water volumes, and using quick-connects to the supply.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Andrew Cooper, a professional engineer and energy specialist with New Gold Inc.’s New Afton Mine in Kamloops, BC; Paul Rak, owner and certified energy manager at VeriForm Inc., a manufacturer and an energy management firm; and Simon Olivier, vice-president of growth, market strategy and business development for GE Canada.
NRCan’s CIPEC Leadership Awards will recognize Canadian successes and trailblazers. The winners will be part of an NRCAN presentation and panel. Greg Rickford, the new federal minister of natural resources, will deliver the keynote at the awards dinner.
PLANT is one of the event media sponsors.
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