- Clean Energy Ministerial – CEM7 meeting
- Energy Summit 2016
New Gold – New Afton mine awarded CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management
New Gold’s New Afton Mine has garnered one of the most prestigious global awards in energy management. The company has been recognized with one of three Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Awards of Excellence in Energy Management during CEM7 in San Francisco on June 2.
This first edition of the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards recognizes organizations that are using ISO 50001 to make real and long-term changes within their structure, and the local and global communities they operate in as demonstrated in their case study submissions. The awards include several award categories. The Award of Excellence in Energy Management goes to three organizations, while the National Energy Management awards are given out by CEM contributing countries to organizations for the top submissions and the Energy Management Insight Awards go to qualifying entries that help build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems.
CIPEC Leader New Afton mine was recognized for implementing an energy management system that improved its energy performance by 11.4 percent over the past three years.
The mine received ISO 50001 certification in 2014, making it the first mine in North America to do so. Since that time, the mine has achieved significant savings through a variety of measures. In 2014, it reduced its energy use by nearly six percent from the previous year and four percent in 2015 over 2014 energy use. These savings were achieved despite increased production, upgrades and an expansion project causing an increase in total energy consumption in both years. Energy intensity and GHG emissions declined in 2014 as a result of energy performance improvement measures. Moreover, implemented energy efficiency measures also had operational, safety, environmental or maintenance benefits.
Employee engagement and awareness have been one of the biggest benefits from the mine’s energy management efforts. Staff at all levels have identified a wide range of energy efficiency opportunities and continue to do so. New Gold also attributes its success to its partnership with BC Hydro. The utility’s Strategic Energy Management Program allowed New Afton to hire a full-time Energy Manager, whose sole focus is energy conservation.
Additionally, energy performance improvement at the New Afton mine has had the support of the mine’s management and New Gold’s corporate team since the mine became operational. Energy conservation is part of the fabric of the company and translates into an energy policy that is reviewed annually, as are annual energy targets with accompanying action plans, energy training of the Energy Team, and an extensive energy planning and assessment process.
Two other organizations, Cummins Inc. and LG Chem Ltd, were also recognized for their energy management achievements with a CEM Award of Excellence. Another 32 organizations received an Insight Award for helping to raise awareness of ISO 50001 and increase global knowledge of energy management implementation.
Three CIPEC Leaders received an Insight Award. The recipients are the 3M Canada Company for its Brockville, London, Perth, Ontario facilities. 3M implemented ISO 50001 in four of its Canadian and international facilities to achieve energy efficiency improvements of 60 percent above the company average. Catalyst Paper Canada implemented ISO 50001 in its Crofton, B.C. mill thus achieving savings of $3,264,000; a payback of less than one year. Schneider Electric Canada also received this award for adopting an enterprise-wide approach to implementing ISO 50001 in a record six months, certifying its Victoria, B.C. and McLaughlin, Ontario plants as well as 18 other sites around the globe.
New Gold and the other winners of the CEM Awards of Excellence were honoured at CEM7 on June 2, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
Energy ministers launch new campaigns on energy efficiency and renewable energy at Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial
Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 23 countries and the European Union announced new commitments to expand clean energy deployment and cut global carbon emissions while driving economic growth at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) on June 2, 2016.
“Homegrown emission-reducing and clean energy technologies play an increasingly important role in Canada’s economic growth as we support the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Government and private sector investments in clean energy and technology research and development will help us meet our climate change objectives, increase Canada's competitiveness and support employment opportunities across the country,” said Minister James Carr. “The progress we are already making on global clean energy cooperation in making clean energy affordable bodes well for the future as we advance common energy, environment and economic goals.”
Canadian CEM campaigns commitments:
Developing Climate Smart Cooling Technologies: The new Advanced Cooling (AC) Campaign challenges governments and industry to develop and deploy at scale super-efficient, smart, climate friendly and affordable cooling technologies critical for prosperous and healthy societies furthering the goals of the Montreal Protocol. Access to cooling can improve health, productivity, economic growth, and educational outcomes. For example, improving the average efficiency of air conditioners sold in 2030 by 30 percent could reduce emissions by up to 25 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the lifetime of the equipment and reduce peak electricity demand by as much as 340-790 gigawatts.
To help achieve this goal, Canada is joining the Advanced Cooling Challenge and committing to promote greater use of cost-effective, energy-efficient air conditioning and refrigeration equipment through appliance efficiency policies and programs.
Improving Energy Management: The new Energy Management Campaign aims to secure 50,001 global certifications to ISO 50001 by 2020. ISO 50001, the global energy management system standard, has a proven framework of requirements to transform the way organizations manage energy and meet sustainable energy goals. Approximately 15,000 facilities worldwide have been certified to ISO 50001 since its launch in 2011, realizing energy improvements of 10 percent or more, often through low-cost or no-cost changes to operations.
Canada will accelerate the adoption of innovative energy management systems and practices, including ISO 50001, as part of a suite of new energy efficiency certifications for the Canadian industrial sector.
Decarbonizing the Power Sector: The energy ministries of Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced their intention to jointly carry out a North American Renewable Integration Study – the single largest renewable energy integration study ever undertaken.
Global Lighting Challenge: Canada endorses the Global Lighting Challenge, which was launched in Paris during COP21, joining the 14 original CEM members who had participated in the Challenge launch.
For more information on the CEM campaign commitments, visit www.cleanenergyministerial.org/, and in the top menu select ‘Our Work’ and click on ‘Campaigns’.
CIPEC Leadership Awards ceremony celebrates winners and CIPEC’s success
Andy Mahut, Manager of Energy Practices at US Steel Canada Inc., and Chair of the Executive Board of CIPEC welcomed nearly 300 participants to the CIPEC Leadership Awards ceremony at the Energy Summit 2016, From Ideas to Action, in Niagara Falls, Ontario on May 17. After recognizing event organizers, sponsors, and others involved in making the Summit a success, he reminded attendees that 2015 marked the Canadian Industrial Program for Energy Conservation’s (CIPEC) 40th anniversary.
Mahut noted that the organization was started in 1975, by visionaries in government and industry who understood the value of a partnership to help Canadian industry become more profitable by achieving savings in energy use.
CIPEC, with its focus on energy efficiency and conservation in support of industrial competitiveness, is ideally placed at the intersection of creating a robust economy that is environmentally responsible. CIPEC reflects a key pillar of the country’s national strategy into the future, said Mahut.
The organization delivers its vision by providing effective tools and services that enable companies across Canada to implement economically feasible energy efficiency improvements. Mahut encouraged Summit participants to learn more about CIPEC’s various programs including support with ISO 50001 Energy Management System implementation and the new ENERGY STAR recognition program.
Mahut asked participants to recognize the CIPEC award winners but also the many CIPEC members that achieved impressive savings by turning energy efficiency ideas into action. He congratulated all individuals and companies who strive, one gigajoule or kilowatt at-a-time, to make their organization more energy-efficient and cost competitive.
Patricia Fuller, Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency also commented on the success of CIPEC. What started with a few industry executives has now grown to almost 2,400 companies and 50 trade associations spread across 21 industrial sectors. Forty years of CIPEC have added up to billions of dollars in annual energy savings, a cleaner environment and more competitive companies.
To keep this momentum going, Fuller noted that the current government is making unprecedented investments in green infrastructure, promoting research, accelerating business growth and supporting clean technology. This approach will continue and expand on the success that CIPEC has seen by helping companies realize significant energy savings and GHG emission reductions.
Countries from around the world look upon CIPEC as an effective and proven model for an industry-government partnership for sharing best practices and providing cost-sharing assistance. With organizations such as CIPEC, energy conservation has become unstoppable.
Fuller concluded that the 12 companies honoured during the awards ceremony embody the vision and success of CIPEC.
Sarah Stinson, Director, Industry Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency, noted in her introduction to the awards ceremony that the winning projects reflected the conference theme: From Ideas to Action. These companies demonstrated excellence in energy performance, innovation, and environmental contribution. She noted that, in addition to the 2016 CIPEC Leadership Awards, a new CIPEC award category, the CIPEC Energy Management National Award, has been established, which recognizes the two top Canadian entries to the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Energy Management Leadership Awards.
The 2016 CIPEC Leadership Award winners are
New Category in 2016: CIPEC Energy Management National Award: New Gold – New Afton Mine and 3M Canada Company
Corporate Stewardship Award: Cascades inc. and ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Process and Technology Improvement Award: Barrick-Hemlo and CAE Inc.
Energy Performance Management Award: Catalyst Paper Corporation – Powell River and Shell Canada Limited
Employee Awareness and Training Award: Canfor Pulp Limited and 3M Canada – Brockville
Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy Award: Global Wood Concepts Ltd. and Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee
For information on the award recipients, visit nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/cipec/5409.
Danielle Fong’s keynote addresses the unlimited potential of renewables
Danielle Fong, Cofounder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy shared her insights and experience in the sustainable energy field with attendees at the recent Energy Summit 2016. Fong has been a renewable energy champion and researcher since the age of 12. This eventually drove her to co-found LightSail, which focuses its resources on the challenges of storing renewable energy.
The potential of renewable energy sources remain largely unrealized, stated Fong. She noted that renewables can be more directly harnessed than fossil fuels but are limited by current technology and the ability for long-term storage. However, once these barriers are overcome, only 0.5 percent of the earth’s land would be required to power all the planet’s energy needs. The planet’s energy future would effectively be unlimited.
Fong also discussed current GHG emission scenarios and the planet’s precarious position as it nears the tipping point of climate change: “Climate change projections are dire and forecast increasing extreme heat events, ocean acidification, and hurricane destructive power, to name a few”, she noted saying that climate change may also have an impact on human behaviour and decision making performance.
She contended that technology can move the planet beyond its limits to growth. Current technologies, however, are too expensive and cannot be adopted on a large scale. Low-capital, globally available technologies with a long service life are required.
Part of the solution is the capture of waste heat from buildings and industrial processes, noted Fong. With energy storage technology, significant increases in efficiency can be achieved in heating, hot water production and air conditioning.
Fong concluded by sharing one potential solution – LightSail’s development of a thermodynamic innovation – its proprietary Regenerative Air Energy Storage (RAES), which combines the concept of efficiency in compressed air systems with energy storage.
To find out more about LightSail’s RAES project, visit www.lightsail.com/.
Ian Potter envisions the factory of the future during his keynote
The Factory of the Future (FOTF) is achievable and would propel Canada’s manufacturing sector into a new era of innovation and competitiveness, according to Dr. Ian Potter, Vice-President of Engineering at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
Potter noted that the current manufacturing megatrends include a move towards collaboration and cross-sectoral partnerships, transparent supply chain management and a skilled and diverse workforce. The manufacturing landscape of today is global, tailored, and hyper-connected to the internet; at the same time it is open and customer-centric.
Green sustainable manufacturing is also on the rise in all industrial sectors including the automotive and aerospace industries where processes have become more energy-efficient and produce fewer emissions. Moreover, the manufacturing sector is improving the collection and analyses of energy data, and is increasingly using energy management systems and more energy-efficient products.
Potter envisions a new manufacturing era with companies using “information and analytics as skillfully as they employ talent and machinery to deliver products and services.” He sees the “factories of the future” driving innovation, productivity growth and exports through advancement in materials, technology, processes and product design. Manufacturing transformation means companies need to be more flexible, modular, digital, virtual, and highly reliable.
Potter outlined the key technology domains to be addressed for advanced manufacturing:
- Advanced materials including composites, light weight metals, high strength steel, and materials that target energy storage and conversion.
- Advanced design and simulation such as multi-scale simulation, rapid prototyping, and digital manufacturing.
- Advanced information and communication technologies that include internet/wireless-based manufacturing intelligence.
- Advanced processes and systems, including advanced tooling, laser-based additive manufacturing, and multi-functional hybrid processes.
Potter also plotted a path to FOTF for the manufacturing industry by 2030 with six strategies, starting with leveraging Canada’s natural resource base, shifting to a customer-driven innovation model, developing a skilled workforce and finally developing opportunities for localized/mass customized manufacturing.
Canada’s FOTF will evolve as the intersection of advanced technology, design, processes and systems engineering with the country’s human and natural resources, all within innovative business models and policies.
For more information NRC’s Factory of the Future Program, visit www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/index.html.
Keynote speaker Chris Ragan asks participants to consider carbon pricing
Appropriate carbon pricing can drive market transformation and a transition to low emission energy sources in Canada, said Dr. Chris Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and Associate Professor of Economics at McGill University, during his keynote speech to participants at the recent Energy Summit 2016.
“The question is not if Canada needs to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but rather when and how,” Ragan said, adding that the time is now and the preferred approach to achieve lower emissions is through provincial carbon pricing. He also mentioned that carbon pricing is appealing in comparison to the costs due to the effects of climate change.
While climate change regulations could offer an approach, Ragan noted that they can be fiscally cheap but economically expensive. Carbon pricing, on the other hand, is cost-effective and drives ongoing innovation. Moreover, associated costs are transparent.
A number of economic benefits are tied to carbon pricing. It can provide direct revenues of up to 2.4 percent, another 0.9 percent from recycling revenues, and 0.4 percent from linking different systems. Ragan noted that provinces have different options for implementing carbon pricing models. They could implement a carbon tax or utilize a cap-and-trade system.
Carbon pricing does present some challenges; namely household fairness (imposed costs on households) and business competitiveness. To overcome these, provincial governments could consider carbon pricing as a share of household income. In terms of competitiveness, Ragan suggested some targeted and temporary solutions such as offering companies the cash value of carbon costs.
Anticipated revenues from recycling could be used by provinces to reduce income taxes and/or public debt, invest in clean technology and/or infrastructure, and to provide transitional support to industry. As priorities differ across provinces, revenue-recycling choices will differ across the country. Household fairness and business competitiveness challenges can both be addressed with good policy, and therefore need not be an obstacle to designing and implementing carbon pricing policies.
Ragan argued that the transition to low carbon energy through appropriate carbon pricing is the best way to promote successful clean technologies – generally much more reliably than using direct support from government. “A broad-based carbon price completely changes the business model for clean technology, in a way that will drive enormous technological development”, he concluded.
For more information on the Ecofiscal Commission and their view of carbon pricing, visit http://ecofiscal.ca/.
2015 CIPEC Annual Report now available online
The 2015 CIPEC Annual Report, From Ideas to Action, profiling 21 industrial sectors which encompass close to 2,400 Leader facilities and more than 50 trade associations, noting their energy intensity improvements, targets and achievements is now available online.
To read the report, visit nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/opportunities/5157.
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