Volume 21 No 3

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CIPEC case studies help build the business case for energy management

“Case studies help build the business case for energy management systems in organizations,” says Bob Fraser, Senior Engineering and Technical Services Advisor at Natural Resources Canada. These studies describe the implementation process and resulting savings from the use of an Energy Management System (EnMS) such as an energy management information system (EMIS) or ISO 50001 compliance. Fraser adds that the case studies cite real-world data while presenting the experiences of organizations that have achieved significant energy savings and gained a competitive edge.

One such case study that is valuable for other paper mills is the experience of Catalyst Paper’s implementation of a formal EnMS at its Crofton division in British Columbia. During this process, the company encouraged a culture of excellence in energy efficiency putting an emphasis on raising awareness and training on energy use. Catalyst also developed a continuous improvement program as well as their Energy University – an internal, computer-based program focused on employee education, that engaged employees and contractors. The company’s efforts at Crofton led the site to be certified to ISO 50001 and reduce its energy demand by nearly five percent in two years and total annual energy savings of 100 gigawatt-hours (GWh).  

Fraser then points to the Global Wood Concepts Limited case study, which shows how an EnMS can be a good fit in a smaller manufacturing site. The company credits its ISO 50001 certification to the EnMS that it implemented after several successful energy efficiency initiatives and a steady culture change within the organization. Over time, the company conducted a lighting retrofit, a water heating system overhaul, machine operations update, and a tool modernization project. The formation of an energy management team also helped move the company’s energy efficiency agenda forward. Results have been impressive with estimated energy savings of over 230,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.

The Origin Organic Farms Inc. case study represents a unique application of an EnMS in an industry that is extremely cost-competitive. Origin’s energy costs represent 20 to 25 percent of its operating costs, which keeps the company focussed on reducing its energy use. With the help of an energy efficiency contractor, the B.C. company started the work of gathering baseline energy data and is implementing numerous initiatives towards ISO 50001 compliance. It upgraded its boiler system condenser, installed plastic film insulation on its glass roofs, and has engaged its employees. The company expects to save about 1,250 gigajoules (GJ) of natural gas from these and other measures. Future projects include the implementation of a data logging system and a switch to geothermal heating.

As for the Campbell Company of Canada case study, Fraser notes that it contains valuable information about the implementation and savings associated with installing a combined heat and power (CHP) system. Campbell has committed to reducing its energy intensity by 35 percent per tonne of product produced and its recently installed CHP system will help achieve this goal with an anticipated reduction in electricity consumption of around 26 GWh per year. Employee training and awareness is another key component to Campbell’s sustainability vision as is having an environmental team and an employee idea database.

The Goldcorp Inc.’s case study has drawn the attention of a number of other Canadian mines who have looked at the company’s energy management approach. After a series of NRCan’s Dollars to $ense workshops, Goldcorp used tools, such as the RETScreen software, and the optimization of energy metering technology to implement an energy management plan that will help them achieve ISO 50001 compliance. Initiatives under the mine’s EnMS saved the company about 13,000 megawatt (MW) of energy in 2015. 

Fraser says that organizations considering the implementation of an EnMS will be influenced by the experiences of industries in their sector. Case studies that cover a broad range of industrial sectors are, therefore, important to have to build the business case for EnMS.

To read the complete case studies, please visit nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/technical-info/5421.

Alley Kat Brewery now runs on green power

Alley Kat Brewery has joined numerous other businesses in choosing green power as part of its sustainability efforts. The switch to Bullfrog Power was easy, says Tim MacLeod, Alley Kat’s facility manager. “Green power was a logical next step in our drive to reduce our environmental footprint.”

The brewery, located in Edmonton, Alberta, is the province’s oldest craft brewery. It produces one million litres of beer annually in its roughly 2,600 square metre facility.

Neil Herbst, Co-Owner of Alley Kat Brewery says, “By bullfrogpowering our brewery, Alley Kat is greening its operations and doing its part to help the transition to a renewably powered future.” Bullfrog Power will match the amount of power used by Alley Kat Brewery with electricity generated from clean, green power, namely wind and low-impact hydro power from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

MacLeod says that the company has always been conscious about resource conservation. Alley Kat has gone from using 10 litres of water per litre of beer produced to just over four litres by using more efficient equipment and using water more efficiently in its processes.

Alley Kat has undertaken other sustainability initiatives including recycling its glass bottles as part of a brewers’ bottle pool. Macleod says that in this program, bottles are reused up to 20 times before they are crushed and made into other products.

Moreover, excess heat captured from the brewing process is used to heat water for elsewhere in the process. Spent grain is used by a local farm as animal feed and the company is looking into using post-process yeast in the same way. 

Sensors for lighting have been installed and employees have been made aware of simple energy conservation measures that can make a difference. MacLeod says that these various initiatives have resulted in steadily decreasing monthly energy and water consumption.

“We are always looking for ways to reduce our consumption of resources and analyze our processes for opportunities,” says MacLeod. Alley Kat is, for example, investigating ways to recover CO2 from the brewing process.”

Urban Polymers wins Plastics Sustainability Award

“At Canada Fibers, sustainability is a culture not just a project,” says Mark Badger, President of Urban Polymers and Executive Vice President of Canada Fibers, an affiliate of a highly integrated group of companies known as Canada Fibers Limited. That sustainability vision led the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) to recognize Urban Polymers with one of its Plastics Sustainability Awards in 2016.

Urban Polymers – a plastics reclamation facility – won the award for the development and implementation of a technology that can produce high-value, specialized plastic materials from recycled resources with a consistency and purity that is similar to prime materials. “We are taking recycled plastics into applications where they have not been before and opened up new markets in doing so,” says Badger. Instead of downgrading recycled plastics, Canada Fibers has found a way to upcycle them.

Badger explains that the Urban Polymers’ affiliated company is focused on the recovery of valuable recyclable resources and the use of those resources to manufacture usable products. “We like to think that we play a vital role in giving discarded resources new life.”

Knowing that it takes a community to build sustainability the company sees employee engagement as a key factor to success. Employees gather at town hall sessions to review the company’s progress in different areas of sustainability and to offer ideas. “We get everyone engaged in the process of advancing sustainability,” notes Badger.

The company is now pursuing a technology that can take municipal solid waste – garbage mixed with recyclables – and extract the organics and recyclables from it that would then be recycled or used for energy. The proprietary technology is currently being piloted and promises to be ground breaking according to Badger.

Badger says that “We have customers who share our values so we can really move the sustainability needle. We deal with customers that want to offer a sustainable brand; we offer them a closed-loop solution if they want to participate in the circular economy.”

GreenMantra makes it on Cleantech list of innovators

Brantford, Ontario-based GreenMantra Technologies was named on the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech 100 list produced by Cleantech Groug (CTG). GreenMantra was included because of its innovative process that recycles waste plastics into specialty chemical products. These products are used in many applications in polymer processing, adhesives, coatings, roofing and paving, and other industries.

The company’s proprietary thermo-catalytic system and patented process produces high-value waxes and other chemicals from waste plastics, including hard-to-recycle materials such as grocery bags and film.

“We are pleased to be included in this list as a leader in clean technology, as we continue to work to provide industries with high quality, sustainable product alternatives that support a circular economy,” said Kousay Said, GreenMantra President and Chief Executive Officer.

CTG’s mission is to accelerate sustainable innovation by facilitating networks among corporations, investors and other players in the innovations arena. Moreover, the company identifies innovators and innovations in clean technology and produces its Global Cleantech 100 list annually. The list features companies from all industrial sectors that, according to CTG, are best placed to address clean technology challenges and that have the most innovative, impactful and promising ideas for the future.

CTG combines its own research data with weighted qualitative judgements from hundreds of nominations. Input is also provided from their global 86-person Expert Panel consisting of financial investors and industry representatives. Independent, for-profit cleantech companies not listed on any major stock exchange qualify for the list.

Three hundred and twenty-five companies were short-listed from the record 9,900 nomination submissions that were received. These nominations, representing 77 countries, were further reviewed by the Expert Panel, which resulted in the finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries.

The complete list of 100 companies was announced on January 23, 2017 at the 15th annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. The full report with the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 list can be downloaded from http://info.cleantech.com/GlobalCleantech100Report2017_GCT100Report2017Submit.html.

New Alberta program offers rebates on new high-efficiency equipment

Efficiency Alberta is launching a new energy efficiency program in the spring of 2017 that provides incentives to businesses that choose high-efficiency products. The new Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program is designed to encourage organizations to replace old, inefficient equipment to help reduce GHG emissions. Moreover, by investing in energy efficiency, organizations can reap significant energy savings that can flow back into their operations.

Organizations that are serviced by an Alberta electricity or gas utility, including small or medium businesses and agri-food, manufacturing, and resource extraction industries, can apply for the rebate. Large final emitters as defined under Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation are not eligible.

The Program will offer rebates for the installation of approved high-efficiency heating or lighting products. Eligible products for year one of the program include the following:

  • LED lighting products such as T8s, bulbs, low/medium/high-bay fixtures, and exterior fixtures;
  • T5HO high-bay fixtures;
  • occupancy controls and other efficient lighting products;
  • efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment; and
  • efficient water heating equipment including condensing water heaters and tank-less water heaters.

For more information on the program, visit www.efficiencyalberta.ca/business-non-profit-and-institutional/.

New CIPEC Leaders

Chemicals Sector

McAsphalt Industries Ltd. – Macklin, Saskatchewan

Electrical and Electronics Sector

Glenergy Inc.

Petroleum Products Sector

McAsphalt Industries Ltd. – Brampton, Ontario

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Sector

ABS Friction Inc. – Guelph, Ontario

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