Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) co-hosts the Energy Summit, Canada’s foremost industrial energy efficiency event. At the conference, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) honours companies that have made a significant and innovative contribution to energy efficiency. The CIPEC Leadership Awards recognize the achievements of Canada’s industrial companies and raise awareness that energy efficiency improves the bottom line and contributes to a cleaner environment.
2014 Award Recipients
Corporate Stewardship Awards
This year, the award went to 3M Canada Company and Chrysler Canada Inc. This award recognizes companies that promote energy efficiency at the corporate level, such as the creation and engagement of an energy management team, the development of a corporate energy management plan or policy, or the implementation of a formalized management system.
3M Canada Company, which has ISO 50001 certification for its plants in Brockville and London, has implemented ongoing company-wide energy consumption improvements. Its corporate commitment to energy management and its aggressive targets for reducing energy consumption will save almost $2 million annually in energy costs. Between 2011 and 2013, 3M has reduced natural gas consumption by 4 million cubic metres, reduced electricity demand by 1150 KW, and has saved nearly 12 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity use.
Chrysler Canada Inc. (Brampton) has achieved ISO 50001 certification and has a well-established energy management system that encourages continual improvement practices. Most recently, they have replaced control panels with new smart systems that have improved heating, ventilation, and exhaust systems throughout their plant facilities. These efforts have achieved a 27 percent reduction in gigajoules per day (GJ/Day) of non-production and 9 percent improvement in space heating efficiency.
Process and Technology Improvements
EBI Énergie inc. – Depot Rive-Nord and Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC were recognized with an award for their efforts to reduce energy intensity in an industrial process by improving procedures and equipment.
EBI Énergie inc. – Dépôt Rive-Nord, located in Saint-Thomas, Quebec, built a new biogas co-generation plant, which supplies electricity to the grid. The project has reduced GHG emissions and water usage, while taking into account energy and environmental considerations related to grid reliance. Annual energy consumption for the plant is 41 percent lower compared to a baseline building performance.
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC), with trout hatchery facilities in Clearwater, Abbotsford, Fort Steele, Summerland and Duncan British Columbia, developed innovative technology that significantly reduces water and electrical energy consumption for fish farming. The technology provides an option that is less expensive than off-the-shelf water recirculation pumping and results in a significant degree of energy improvement. Other hatcheries around the world are approaching FFSBC to apply the technology to their own processes. With this project, FFSBC is saving close to $20,000 in electricity and has achieved a 26.6 percent reduction in electrical intensity annually. It has seen an overall reduction of 44.2 percent in water use per year.
Energy Performance Management
This award recognized New Gold Inc.’s New Afton Mine for improving their energy performance through enhancements to their monitoring, measuring and reporting processes relating to the facility’s energy consumption.
New Gold Inc. (New Afton Mine), located in Kamloops, British Columbia, has ISO 50001 certification and is continuously monitoring, tracking, evaluating and verifying energy performance of its gold and copper mining facilities. New Afton Mine demonstrates its commitment to energy management through sustainable mining practices including, employee awareness and energy management information systems. These efforts have achieved a savings of nearly 4000 gigajoules of energy annually.
Employee Awareness and Training
CIPEC acknowledged KI Pembroke LP for raising employee awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and for promoting best practices through knowledge exchange.
KI Pembroke LP, situated in Pembroke, Ontario, has implemented energy saving measures to its facility including: upgrading compressor controls; improving plant ventilation systems and building envelop performance; and adding 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 (GWh) of electricity and more than 600 000 cubic metres (m3) of natural gas in 2013.
Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy
CIPEC also recognizes PepsiCo Foods Canada and Barrick-Hemlo for improving energy efficiency at a facility or company-wide level through a range of initiatives as a result of an integrated strategy.
PepsiCo Foods Canada, including its eight manufacturing facilities, thirteen distribution centers, and headquarters facility in Mississauga, Ontario, has a corporate goal of achieving business and financial success through their Performance with Purpose program which includes protecting the environment and empowering people. This innovative approach to energy management engages employees in environmentally sustainable practices and facilitates investments in energy-efficient equipment. As a result, PepsiCo has achieved 1.4 percent electricity use reduction and a total fuel usage (manufacturing and fleet) reduction of 2.4 percent 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 since 2011. In doing so, Barrick-Hemlo has reduced energy consumption and its environmental footprint. As a result of the company’s commitment to energy performance, they have managed to identify 10 000 megawatt hours (MW/h) per year in energy savings, trim its operating costs, and increase revenue by more than $5.7 million per year.
Finally, two awards recognized individuals who are studying or have recently graduated and have completed a project (theoretical or applied) that advances industrial energy efficiency in Canada.
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 percent 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 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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