Heads Up CIPEC Newsletter - February 2014

Heads Up CIPEC Newsletter

February 2014 Vol. XVIII, No. 2

$395 early bird special for Energy Summit 2014 deadline extended to March 28

Energy Summit 2014: Where Efficiency Meets Profitability, Canada’s premier industrial energy event, is not to be missed. With its incredible line-up of energy experts and industry leaders and with an early bird special of only $395 (regular $695) in effect for all CIPEC Leaders, attendance at the summit is even more attractive.

The Summit, taking place on May 14 and 15 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, will offer participants an unmatched opportunity to share best practices, network and learn about the latest innovations in industrial energy efficiency, featuring topics such as energy management, the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard and emerging technologies, as well as case studies and success stories. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in solutions-based workshops, panel sessions and plant tours.

The early bird special rate includes full access to all plenary sessions, workshops, plant tours and energy showcase/trade show, and attendance at the CIPEC Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner. This limited time offer ends March 28, so don’t delay and register today!

For more information on the Summit and the conference program please visit www.energy2014.ca.

Incoming CIPEC Executive Board Chair wants to capitalize on synergies

“I am honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to work with such a group of professionals,” says Andy Mahut, Manager, Energy Practices, at U.S. Steel Canada Inc. Mahut is the incoming chair of the CIPEC Executive Board.

Mahut brings a wealth of experience to the Board from an energy management perspective and as a former board member of credit unions, NGOs and small businesses. As the Manager of Energy Practices at U.S. Steel Canada Inc., his responsibilities include significant aspects of energy and other large utility procurement, conservation and use. Mahut also sits on the Canadian Advisory Council on ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard.

As the former Chair of the Canadian Steel Producers Association Energy Subcommittee, and as a long-term member of the CIPEC Steel Sector Task Force, Mahut has a broad perspective of energy issues. This is also part of the reason that he decided to accept the position of chair of the CIPEC Executive, “It is a logical next step for someone who sees a strong role for industry in energy conservation and who believes that Canadian industrial economic resilience is improved through enhanced operational energy efficiency.”

Andy Mahut, Manager of Energy Practices for U.S. Steel Canada Inc. and Chair of the CIPEC Executive Board

Mahut has worked alongside several other industry sector task forces and already knows members of the CIPEC Executive Board quite well. He places a lot of emphasis on collaborative work; “I am a sincere believer in capitalizing on available synergies.”

As he starts his tenure, Mahut would like board members to understand each other’s goals. “If we have a good understanding of our collective needs, we can optimize limited resources and align our activities such that they add value for everyone.”

“I would also like to ensure that industry’s voice is well represented regarding energy conservation and optimization become intrinsic to any future Canadian energy policy,” says Mahut as he explains his vision for CIPEC. According to him, CIPEC, which represents the perspective and needs of industry, should provide guidance on any such future policy.

Mahut expects the Executive Board to meet in the spring to consult with board members, and revisit the goals of the Board to ensure that they align with both the current needs of industry and the Board’s mandate.

CIPEC Webinar: Maximizing profits through Process Integration

Date: March 27 in English, in French T.B.D.
Time: 14:00 ADT/ 13:00 EDT/ 12:00 CDT/ 11:00 MDT/ 10:00 PDT
Location: Online, delivered through your web browser
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Free

Understanding how different parts of the industrial process interact with one another and saves more energy than focusing on equipment and processes independently. This is a defining characteristic of Process Integration and a reason why many of Canada’s leading companies have embraced this approach for their plants and operations.

Now’s your chance to find out more

The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), through Natural Resources Canada, is offering members of Canada’s industrial community a unique opportunity to learn more about Process Integration by holding a one-hour webinar information session. 

Agenda:

  1. Introduction
  2. Latest results and developments in Process Integration – CANMET Energy
  3. Process Integration case study – Campbell Company of Canada
  4. NRCan funding assistance overview
  5. Conclusion and Q&A

To register or to receive more information please contact Francis Charette at francis.charette@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca or 613-996-7744 

ArcelorMittal Dofasco wins World Steel Association’s ‘Steelie’

ArcelorMittal took home the ‘Innovation of the Year’ and ‘Excellence in Sustainability’ awards at the World Steel Association’s 47th annual steel industry conference in Brazil in October 2013. “These awards are a tremendous achievement, demonstrating our commitment to innovation and sustainability,” notes Tony Valeri, Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. “Our key values are sustainability, quality and leadership, and receiving a World Steel Association Steelie Award in both the sustainability and innovation categories brings these values to life.”

ArcelorMittal’s Dofasco plant in Canada, a CIPEC Leader in the Steel Sector, won the innovation award in recognition of its KOBM Steelmaking Innovation through Automation project. Started in 2002, the KOBM steelmaking sequence is now fully automated and the company has the only basic oxygen furnace in the world that does not require sampling of the liquid steel. It is also the first fully automated tapping furnace in the ArcelorMittal Group and one of only three in the world. The project has also improved product time and quality as well as reduced health and safety risks.

The Sustain Our Great Lakes project, headed by ArcelorMittal USA and which won the ‘Excellence in Sustainability’ award, has a mission to sustain, restore and protect fish, wildlife and habitat of the Great Lakes basin and has, to date, leveraged millions from US government grants and matched funding from grantees. Valeri says that “ArcelorMittal donates expertise, resources and personal time to advance environmental awareness and conservation.” The company has nine facilities along that Great Lakes basin, using the water in steel production, processing and shipping. “Maintaining the integrity of this resource is crucial to the sustainability of the ecosystems we rely on, hence our sustainability efforts.”

The company’s principle of “making steel more sustainable” also targets energy. Given that electricity is the third largest input cost to making steel, after raw materials and labour, managing energy efficiently is essential. ArcelorMittal is doing so by reducing electricity purchases, using its by-product energies effectively, decreasing waste and generating its own power.

“As a result of our collective efforts, we are continuously reducing our demand on Ontario’s power grid,” Valeri says, adding that “energy is considered such an important business driver that five years ago, ArcelorMittal established an energy policy to direct business decisions at all levels of the company.” That policy has given rise to a number of projects including a recent investment in the installation of a turbine generator that generates about 4 megawatts (MW) of electricity annually, at its plant’s No.1 Boiler House. 

Valeri sums up, “At ArcelorMittal Dofasco we see innovation as a virtuous circle driven by people. Our main focus is a commitment to continuous improvement, which drives innovation. In turn, innovation drives productivity and profitability, and ultimately, our profitability allows us to continue to invest in people and equipment to continuously improve.”

New Steel Sector Task Force Chair sets collaborative agenda

The new chair of CIPEC’s Steel Sector Task Force, Jennifer Stephens, Director of Environment at the Canadian Steel Producers Association, is looking forward to much collaborative work and implementing a number of new initiatives. Stephens, who took over as chair of the Task Force in October 2013, has a clear vision of what the Task Force could achieve in the near and long term. “We have to, as proponents of energy conservation, continue to be innovative and think ‘outside the box’.”

Stephens has over 10 years of experience working in an environmental portfolio at the provincial and municipal government levels, primarily in water resources. “My previous work experience has required me to act as a liaison between multiple stakeholders to formulate policy.”

Jennifer Stephens, Director of Environment at the Canadian Steel Producers Association and CIPEC Steel Task Force Chair

Stephens took on the role since she is “keen on developing an increased understanding of energy efficiency from an industry perspective.” The steel sector has been an active CIPEC member and Stephens is looking forward to working with and learning from the numerous specialists involved in energy conservation within the sector. “As part of my role as chair, I see myself creating a common position among members with diverse interests and needs.”  

Stephens plans to continue with the Task Force’s medium- and long-term initiatives. One of Stephens’ short term goals is to create an inventory of energy conservation incentive programs for steel sector-specific applications and by process area. She would also like to work with Task Force members to develop a self-directed training program for respondents submitting Industrial Consumption of Energy (ICE) Survey data to Statistics Canada. The project could potentially be replicated by other industrial sectors that report to Statistics Canada through the ICE survey.

In the longer term, Stephens would like the Task Force to monitor energy-related issues including the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard, and maintain and update existing member databases, such as the Energy Data Database and the Energy Efficiency/Conservation Project Database. She also envisions facilitating access to energy specialists in government, private sector, and within other companies to share energy management best practices in the steel industry.  

Stephens is looking forward to convening a one-day workshop for the Task Force in 2014 with a focus on energy conservation resources available to members and information exchange.

Velcro Canada Inc. takes grand prize at People Power Challenge

Velcro Canada Inc. not only won two of three 2013 People Power Challenge sub-challenges but also took home the title of Grand Champion in the small- to medium-sized category. As a result, the company walked away with $2,500 and a plaque. “We are proud to have achieved this and the awards reinforce that we are doing the right thing,” says Tal Rafailov, Velcro Canada’s Quality Systems Manager.

Rafailov notes that environmental initiatives are not new to his company, located in Brampton, Ontario, as “we are on a path of continual improvement.” The 11 150 square-metre facility, a CIPEC Leader in the General Manufacturing sector, has been ISO 14001 registered since 2002 and has completed a number of energy efficiency and environmental initiatives including a lighting retrofit in 2008, the implementation of an environmental management system, compressor retrofit in 2010, equipment shut-off procedures, publicizing energy consumption statistics, compressed air audits and preventative equipment maintenance.

As part of the People Power Challenge (PPC), Velcro Canada Inc. engaged all of its employees with numerous activities including breakfast workshops, SmartCommute seminars and Earth Day celebrations. Rafailov notes that “everyone was so enthusiastic; they made personal pledges to conserve energy and also submitted suggestions for improvements.” Rafailov says some of those ideas are currently being explored for future projects including an HVAC retrofit and participating in the OPA’s demand response (DR3) program.

Jennifer Taves, Project Manager for Partners in Project Green (PPG) who organized the Challenge, says that Velcro Canada Inc. “did a great job at employee engagement” and is looking forward to welcoming 2014 PPC participants to an even more exciting version of the challenge. The 2014 version, to be launched on April 1, will feature a six-month challenge that allows companies to pursue a green challenge that is important to them. The grand prize winners in each category will now win $5,000 each with runners up winning $2,500.

Taves adds that a mobile component will also be incorporated to help companies disseminate information to their employees. Moreover, PPG will provide metrics that will determine the impact of the different initiatives throughout the challenge. “We want the Challenge to drive action and results, and are confident that the 2014 format will provide companies the freedom to achieve their employee engagement goals,” says Taves.

Please contact Jennifer Taves for more information on the 2014 PPC at jtaves@trca.on.ca

Release of 2012 data on Canadian industry energy consumption and intensity indicator

The Canadian Industrial Energy End-Use Data and Analysis Centre (CIEEDAC) has published the 2012 energy, production and emissions data for Canadian industry on its website. The data, available from 1990 to 2012, are disaggregated at the national level by the type of energy used and by industry. CIEEDAC’s annual report, to be published in spring 2014, will discuss the information contained in the database such as trends in energy use, GHG emissions and intensity indicators.

On the CIEEDAC Website, companies can easily select their sector and view data on energy use; energy intensity indicators; carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions; cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and production data. Industry sectors are separated by specific type. For example, the mining and chemical manufacturing sectors are disaggregated into 20 sub-sectors. Fuel use data per industry type includes electricity, natural gas, petroleum coke, steam, wood waste, heavy fuel oil and spent pulping liquor, where applicable and available, as well as other types of fuel.

In the 2012 database, emissions data have been updated and include some estimates of process emissions so far as they are available to CIEEDAC. These data will be further updated this spring as more recent 2012 data are released from Environment Canada and the National Inventory Report. Data from the Statistics Canada Report on Energy Supply and Demand (primarily electricity supply and construction data) have also been updated for 2011 and 2012.

Gross Output (GO) production data are not available for the current year and, because the GDP data have been updated to a 2007 base year, historic GO data are no longer valid. CIEEDAC is working with NRCan and Environment Canada to determine the next steps in order to update this data.

To view the data, visit www.cieedac.sfu.ca, go to the Databases menu (left navigation pane) and select a specific industry and energy data. For more information, contact John Nyboer at jnyboer@sfu.ca.

New CIPEC Leaders

Electrical and Electronics Sector

Partner Technologies Incorporated – Regina, Saskatchewan

Forest Products Sector

AV Nackawic Inc. – Nackawic, New Brunswick

Fortress Cellulos Spécialisée – Thurso, Quebec

Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops – Spring schedule

Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS)
Date: March 22
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Offered in collaboration with Langara College

Register

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