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Revised CAN/CSA ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard now available

The Canadian Standards Association has recently updated Canada’s energy management standard. The new CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 standard, now the second edition, was released to comply with the latest international revision of ISO 50001.

ISO 50001 is based on a model of continual improvement, which is also used for other standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 commonplace in many industries. Such an approach makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve environmental management.

The new CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 standard allows organizations to develop a policy for more efficient use of energy and as a result, they are able to continually improve energy management. The standard enables companies to set targets and objectives to meet their environmental policy. Moreover, CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 helps energy managers use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use, as well as measure the results and review how well their policy is working.

This second edition of CAN/CSA ISO 50001, entitled ‘Energy management systems — Requirements with guidance for use’, was adopted directly from the identically titled ISO Standard ISO 50001 (second edition, 2018-08). This newest edition follows the previous edition published in 2011 as CAN/CSA-ISO 50001.

The revised standard was developed in compliance with the Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada and was recently published as a National Standard of Canada by the CSA Group.

The CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 Standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system (EnMS). This is central in helping organizations follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement in their energy performance and their EnMS.

The document is useful to any organization regardless of its type, size, complexity, location, organizational culture or the products/services it provides. Moreover, it can link to any ongoing or planned initiatives that affect energy performance in the company.

Organizations can use the CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 Standard regardless of the quantity, use, or types of energy consumed, although certification requires demonstration of continual energy performance improvement, but does not define levels of energy performance improvement to be achieved. One of the many other benefits of CAN/CSA ISO 50001 adoption is that it can be used independently, or be integrated with other management systems.

The new, second CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 standard can be purchased at the CSA Shop.

Mike O’Meara from Magna International shares energy management successes at CIPEC Task Force Council

“Our goal is to improve efficient use of natural resources, including energy and water,” says Michael O’Meara, Manager, Environmental Compliance, Energy Metrics & EHS Platform Systems, at Magna International Inc. He also represents Canada’s Transportation and Equipment Manufacturing sector on the CIPEC Task Force Council.

Magna International is a mobility technology company and one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers with headquarters in Aurora, ON. The company, a CIPEC Leader in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing sector, has 50 of its global 348 manufacturing sites in Canada.

O’Meara explains that Magna has a corporate environmental policy, which each site adapts to reduce its environmental footprint in the local community. Not only is there a focus on waste, energy and water management at Magna, but sustainability is also enmeshed in the company’s products, for example in the manufacture of ultralight vehicle components that reduce fuel use and emissions.

Magna sites utilize cross-functional energy teams and energy champions whose goals are to identify and implement initiatives that conserve resources. Measures implemented at Magna’s Canadian sites include compressed air and lighting upgrades as well as new shutdown procedures, air leak training for employees and efficient workstation lighting. In addition, two of the Ontario plants have co-generation systems, which have resulted in significant annual energy savings.

O’Meara is sharing Magna’s experience and success with energy efficiency measures with others on CIPEC’s Task Force Council  and with others in the Transportation and Equipment Manufacturing sector. Mr. O’Meara decided to become a Council member because “both the company (Magna) and the Council want to achieve reductions in GHG emissions and energy consumption.”

The Council meets three to four times a year—each meeting is rich with best practices and information about training opportunities and incentives. “Being a Task Force Council Member allows me to keep up to date on developments in energy management from new technologies to funding opportunities.” O’Meara adds that sharing Magna’s experience brings a very practical approach to the Council saying that, “We hope to give practical advice to encourage our industry to achieve their environmental goals.”

O’Meara notes that in addition to sharing energy management ideas, the Task Force Council’s goal is to encourage new CIPEC Leaders to become involved in the council and to make more connections with other stakeholders such as academics and young industry innovators.

Manitoba Hydro offers a palette of energy incentives for industrial partners

Manitoba Hydro customers have numerous opportunities to reduce their energy consumption and costs through a host of incentive programs including funding for biomass-to-fuel conversion projects, lighting retrofits, natural gas optimization as well as general process and performance improvements.

Industrial clients can benefit from incentives and technical support that offset the costs of biomass-to-energy conversion system, which enables conversion of waste streams and/or by-products into heat and power. Under the Bioenergy Optimization Program, feasibility studies can receive up to 50 percent of the initial $10,000 and 25% of the remaining cost for a maximum incentive of $15,000.

Biomass projects can also benefit from an implementation incentive, which is based on 15¢ per kWh for annual electricity reduction and 30¢ per cubic metre for equivalent natural gas reduction per year. Incentives can reach a maximum of 50 percent of the eligible project cost or $1,000,000 on electrical and $250,000 on natural gas load reductions, respectively.

For industrial customers who want to improve the efficiency of their natural gas systems and equipment, the Natural Gas Optimization Program provides support for all steps in a project. The program evaluates a system in a step-by-step approach by looking at supply equipment and controls as well as the demand side.

Under the Natural Gas Optimization Program, feasibility studies are funded to 50 percent of the initial $10,000 and 25 percent of the remaining study cost. If a project is implemented, incentives are calculated at $0.30/m3 annual energy saved and to a maximum of 50 percent of total project cost or $100,000.

Manitoba Hydro also offers financial incentives and technical support to promote lower operating costs and improved system performance through its Performance Optimization Program. This program includes Variable Speed incentives, which provide $100 for each horsepower in 1 to 20 horsepower pumping systems. Other eligible technologies include the installation of flow controllers, receiver tanks, and other upgrades for compressed air systems, large pumps, fans and blowers, and industrial refrigeration systems.

Manitoba Hydro also provides support for industrial energy management with a site walk-through, a historical analysis of energy use and control demand. The utility helps identify basic energy management system projects, including budget pricing. The utility’s Lighting Program is offered to Electrical General Service Rate customers. Incentives are available for various types of LED lamps and fixtures, and vary with lamp wattage.

More recently introduced is Manitoba Hydro’s energy profiling tool, EnerTrend, which was specifically designed for large electric and natural gas customers in order to help companies in managing their energy consumption. With advanced interval metering, EnerTrend generates energy profiles that indicate energy use details that enable managers to reduce peak demand. The software helps organizations measure the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs, chart the power and load factor of an operation, and identify malfunctioning equipment.

For more information about Manitoba Hydro’s incentive programs for industry, visit the website or call 204-360-3676, 1-888-624-9376 (outside of Winnipeg), or email.

Mustang Survival saves with simple shut-down procedure

"Recognizing problems, finding solutions and continually optimizing for improved performance is part of our DNA at Mustang Survival. It makes perfect sense to apply the same approach to managing our energy usage too," says Oscar Tsai, plant manager for the company. This approach has led the organization to identify some no and low cost energy conservation measures allowing it to save 58,000 kWh.

Mustang Survival Corporation’s headquarters and manufacturing facility are based in Burnaby, BC. The company designs, develops, and manufactures marine safety and climate protection products for users in the recreation, professional, and military markets.

Since enrolling in BC Hydro's operational energy analytics program in 2017, Mustang Survival has saved over 58,000 kilowatt-hours by implementing a few operational changes and lighting improvements at its Burnaby plant.

One of the operational changes that led to big savings was equipment shutdown. At Mustang, as in many industrial facilities, powering down equipment is a manual procedure, one that is often forgotten at the end of the workday but one that can add up to a significant annual cost.

To solve equipment shutdown issues, Tsai installed a heat press power signal panel near the plant's employee exit door. It flashes green if any one of the company's ten heat presses is left on accidentally after 6 p.m. He explains that "shutting off our heat presses each night, and on weekends, was identified by BC Hydro’s energy consultants for operational energy analytics as one of the simplest ways for us to save, but I recognized early on that the action required manual intervention by an employee.”

The installation of programmable timers has also helped in realizing the 58,000 kWh savings. The timers automatically turn off the plant's lights and HVAC system at 6 p.m. each day, eliminating the need for employees to manipulate any switches manually.

Additional savings were achieved with a plant-wide switch from T8 fluorescent lamps to LEDs, which has also brightened up the plant. Moreover, decreased maintenance time on older lighting has meant that facility and maintenance staff can focus on other cost saving measures, such as fixing air, oil and steam leaks.

Weston Foods becomes first bakery manufacturer to be ENERGY STAR for Industry certified

“Weston Foods bakes energy use into its products, just like any other ingredient,” says Darren Borden, the company’s Energy Management Engineer. He states that the company looks at utility use as a directly manageable input to the manufacturing process. It is this philosophy that has led Weston Foods to be one of only two Canadian companies to become ENERGY STAR for Industry certified and the first bakery manufacturer to do so.

Twelve Canadian bakeries and four of Weston’s US bakeries are ENERGY STAR certified. Borden notes that the bakeries in Canada have had a long history of continuous improvement in their energy performance. For example, both the company’s Sudbury and Winnipeg facilities have been working with local utilities to identify opportunities and implement energy saving solutions for more than a decade. Borden also attributes the achievements of these and the other certified bakeries to the learning and sharing of best practices within the CIPEC community.

Weston Foods’ ENERGY STAR certified facilities have routinely exceeded the two percent annual reduction in annual water and energy use set as the company’s goal. To achieve and go beyond this goal, Borden explains that Weston Foods uses a three-pronged approach that focuses on the lowest cost procurement of energy and water, on the best management of these resources and process/equipment improvements.

By understanding utility procurement, “we can later prioritize the value of various mitigation strategies for utility use including behaviour tools or capital investments.” Weston Foods has procured bulk natural gas to reduce costs, has switched fuel between stove oil and propane when needed, and has employed water use differential reporting to determine how water is used.

Weston Foods bakeries follow the best operational practices that lead to water and energy conservation. For example, most compressed air efficiency improvements rely on simple leak elimination, which is an operational preventative measure. Operational practices have been positively impacted by internal training, coaching and mentoring, auditing facilities for improvements and working with bakery team leadership to promote how utilities are seen.

Process and/or equipment improvement at Weston Foods are ongoing and those with good business cases are implemented. For example, VFD upgrades on the air compressor system in Weston Foods Sudbury facility have led to reductions in energy consumption of fifty percent. Lighting retrofits and steam system improvements have also been implemented at most facilities. Weston Foods Winnipeg fresh bread and rolls bakery; was literally built using energy efficiency as a guiding principle for the entire site. In fact, it was at the Winnipeg bakery that Minister Carr announced the ENERGY STAR for Industry program launch.

To increase the number of Weston Foods ENERGY STAR certified bakeries, Borden would like to see NRCan adopt the cookies/crackers Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) in addition to the EPI that can already be applied in Canada bakeries.

Borden notes that ENERGY STAR for Industry certification is a brand that Weston Foods wishes to align with to promote its environmental commitments as a premier bakery in North America. “We see this recognition as an industry differentiation between ourselves and other bakeries.” Borden notes that companies like Walmart are looking for upstream improvements in their supply chain and “Weston Foods would like to fill that role; Energy Star helps us do that.”

“We’re extremely proud to have this designation and set the pace for energy efficient industrial facilities in North America,” says Borden. “Our focus goes beyond energy efficiency; we also lead the pack in sourcing sustainable ingredients and conserving water use. Clearly our overall sustainability strategy is on the right track.”

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