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2017 CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards submission deadline extended to February 14

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) annual awards highlight organizations that have shown exceptional leadership in energy management, and are intended to increase awareness of the benefits of energy management systems.

The CEM is a global forum with a vision to advance clean energy to support corporate, national and global climate goals. The eighth CEM (CEM8) meeting will be held in China from June 6 to 8, 2017 and will honour the winners of its prestigious awards. The annual event attracts clean energy leaders from around the world as well as energy ministers from the countries involved in the CEM. 

Organizations with a current, third-party verified ISO 50001 are eligible to enter the competition. Industrial, commercial, and public sector companies or facilities applicants must submit a case study that details the organization’s energy management experience and the reaped benefits.

Winning entries will receive the CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management. Moreover, each qualifying entry will receive an Energy Management Insight Award. Submissions are ranked and evaluated by an international panel of energy management experts.

Top-ranked submissions from each country will also be communicated to the appropriate country governments. Again this year, Canada is partnering with the CEM to offer national awards.

All qualifying submissions will be published on the CEM website to profile the numerous benefits that the implementation of ISO 50001 can achieve. With the large-scale implementation of the standard, it is expected that service and industrial sectors could cumulatively cut energy use by 62 exajoules by 2030 – saving more than $600 billion and avoiding 6,500 megatonnes of CO2 emissions.  

Submissions are due on February 14, 2017; more information and case study templates can be found at the 2017 Energy Management Leadership Awards.

Dominion Diamond’s Ekati mine boasts numerous energy efficiency initiatives

“Dominion Diamond recognizes the impact that climate change is having on the northern landscape. We are focused on taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve energy efficiency,” says Brendan Bell, CEO of Dominion Diamond Corporation.

Dominion Diamond owns and operates the Ekati mine, and owns 40 percent of the Diavik mine, both located in the Northwest Territories, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife. A CIPEC Leader in the mining sector, the mine officially began production in October 1998. It employs over 1,090 full-time staff with additional contractors for a total of 1,820 personnel. The Ekati mine operates 24 hours a day (generally in 12-hour shifts), 365 days per year.

The company has undertaken numerous energy efficiency initiatives at the Ekati mine. For example, ventilation air fan speed has been reduced in the winter months to adjust to the level of underground mining activity, saving the company approximately three quarters of a million litres of diesel fuel annually.

The company developed a formal energy management system (EnMS) that includes a steering committee and energy use tracking and reporting. This EnMS is instrumental in implementing a new energy management information system (EMIS) at the Ekati mine, the company’s top priority for 2017, which will allow the mine to track energy consumption and identify areas for improvement.

A recent employee awareness campaign helped to spread the word that simple behavioural changes can dramatically reduce energy consumption and environmental impact. The campaign generated numerous employee suggestions, including a high-impact idea to install timer switches in all main camp bathrooms, which was subsequently implemented.

Lighting in the main camp and office buildings has been retrofitted with LED lights. Approximately 4,000 fluorescent lighting tubes were replaced to decrease diesel fuel consumption by 166,000 litres per year and reduce maintenance costs.

Waste-heat from powerhouse diesel generators is recovered to preheat the glycol flowing through the main boilers that provide heat to all the facilities. This has reduced the usage of diesel in the main camp boilers.

Dominion Diamond has also improved efficiency and reduced emissions significantly by introducing fuel-efficient road trains, a combination of a road haulage tractor and a powered trailer, for ore haulage.  

Bell notes that Dominion Diamond was the first northern mine to start composting a significant portion of its waste when an industrial composting unit was brought online in 2015. This single initiative could reduce diesel consumption at the mine by 250,000 litres every year and prevent up to 680 tonnes of GHG emissions from entering the atmosphere.

The company is looking at even more projects, including reductions in boiler heat demand, an idle vehicle management program, compressed air optimization, water conservation, and the replacement of underground truck shop lights with a LED system. The company is also investigating wind energy, solar panels, wood pellets, and other forms of alternative energy.

“We are looking forward to learning from the success stories of energy initiatives undertaken elsewhere in Canada,” says Bell. “Being part of CIPEC will enable Dominion Diamond to gain support for energy efficiency assessment studies and access to energy conservation tools”.

Eleven IBM Canadian facilities ISO 50001 certified

“ISO 50001 certification of our facilities confirms IBM’s environmental leadership,” says Nathalie Christen, Environmental Affairs, Product Stewardship and Energy Manager at IBM Canada. In addition, Christen notes that IBM's worldwide energy management system has been aligned to this internationally recognized standard to demonstrate its conformity.

“Early on IBM identified its top 100 energy consuming sites around the world,” says Christen. Eleven of those are located in Canada and are now ISO 50001 compliant. The facilities were already ISO 14001 certified under the company’s Global Environmental Management System (WW EMS) and the energy management program (EnMP) was already an integral part of that system. “Certification is part of our process of continuous improvement at the corporate level and it also promotes employee engagement in energy efficiency at the site level,” says Christen.

She describes the chronology of ISO 50001 certification at IBM’s Canadian facilities. IBM's worldwide energy management system was first certified in 2011. Soon after, IBM’s manufacturing facility and the Research and development center activities housed in the C2MI in Bromont, Québec were certified in February 2013. Since that time, the company readied its remaining sites to be compliant with the standard. The sites, part of IBM Canada, include data centers, software development labs and offices that were all ISO 50001 certified in November 2015.

Energy conservation projects are monitored on a regular basis at the different sites. An energy management dashboard shows energy conservation rate and measures key performance indicators. Another component of the many initiatives undertaken at IBM Canada is the implementation of a biennial strategic energy efficiency plan that spans all sites. Moreover, IBM energy experts have developed energy checklists that aim to optimize operational and building efficiency. Christen notes that energy audits are also carried out. In addition, facility successes and lessons learned are shared with other sites and business units.

At the Bromont plant, an energy management information system (EMIS) implementation pilot is underway in cooperation with Hydro-Québec. This project will gather energy information coming from the wide-spread metering system associated with the manufacturing control system. The pilot could serve as a model for EMIS implementation at other sites.

“We also apply analytics to drive further efficiency in our processes,” says Christen, as she describes the IBM-developed TRIRIGA software that integrates existing control systems with their metering infrastructure. The software analyzes hourly energy data to determine anomalies in energy consumption, for which it creates alerts.

Christen notes that IBM Canada’s goal is a four percent annual energy conservation target for its top energy consumers. She indicates that the ISO 50001 certified sites are well on their way to meet this goal globally, and the focus in the near term will remain on individual sites.

Workshops build capacity in compressed air system management

In October 2016, in partnership with NRCan and CIPEC, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) sponsored a Compressed Air Challenge© training event at the Magna Training Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Ron Marshall, Chief Auditor at Marshall Compressed Air Consulting and Joe Ghislain, a Senior Manager at the Ford Motor Company, facilitated the workshops. The Compressed Air Challenge is a US-based voluntary collaboration of industrial users; manufacturers; distributors, associations, facility operating personnel; consultants; state research and development agencies; energy efficiency organizations and utilities that are determined to help realize the benefits of smart compressed air management.

“The workshops took our knowledge of compressed air systems to the next level with new tools and best practices that can be incorporated into our process design serviced for our clients” says Harpreet Dhillion, Certified Energy Manager for SNP-TECH and currently stationed as Embedded Energy Manager at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Windsor, Ontario. Dhillon was among the many participants at the workshops that focussed on compressed air management – one-day Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems and two-day Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems.

Michael O’Meara, Program Manager, Environmental and Energy Metrics, at Magna International, explains that training and raising awareness are key components in improving energy management in the transportation and equipment manufacturing sector. Training targeted at common energy systems, such as fans, motors and pumps, have advanced energy management in the industry. Increased competency of engineers and operators in compressed air systems, another significant energy user, would further improve energy efficiency in facilities.

The Fundamentals workshop was delivered to 21 participants that included personnel working directly on a facility's compressed air system, maintenance managers, environmental personnel, energy team members, and engineering personnel. The Advanced workshop was attended by 19 personnel who were directly responsible for compressed air on a daily basis.

Marshall notes that both courses were designed to “make people aware of the high cost of generating and using (abusing) compressed air and what can be done to reduce this cost.” Topics included the development and use of a system profile, the implementation of a system maintenance program, the value of heat recovery, and the preparation and “sale” of the business case of compressed air improvement projects to management.

Participants in both workshops found many tools and shared experiences that could be applied to the compressed air systems in their own facilities. Bruce Ratzlaff of Applied Compression Systems notes that he gained a number of ideas about designing and troubleshooting compressed air systems, adding that the networking at the workshop was also welcome.

Dhillon, for his part, mentions that the workshop will help him implement energy efficiency project both on the supply and demand side of compressed air systems and address daily energy efficiency issues in compressed air systems.

“The courses provided lots of opportunity for people to share real life issues and experiences,” notes O’Meara. Marshall agrees noting that formal and informal workshop feedback indicated that participants left with a better understanding of compressed air systems and how to improve their management in order to reap energy savings.

Upcoming Compressed Air Challenge workshops

The Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) is offering two workshops in Toronto in collaboration with the Compressed Air Challenge: A one-day Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems workshop on April 11 and a two-day Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems course on April 12.

For more information and to register, visit:
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Manufacturers of passive house components on the rise

“The growth of the passive house industry in Canada, particularly in B.C., has been significant. In our province, we now have increased awareness, trained professionals, and successful demonstration projects that can serve to encourage other jurisdictions to look at this energy efficiency solution,” says Matheo Durfeld, CEO of BC Passive House.

BC Passive House, based in Pemberton, British Columbia, is a prefabrication company that designs and manufactures high-performance panelized building systems, specialized structural panels, hybrid systems, heavy timber packages and passive house construction. The company was awarded $1.4 million through NRCan’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program for the development of a manufacturing process for panel systems that meet the Passive House (PH) standard, which is the most rigorous residential energy standard in the world.

Buildings that meet the stringent standard have a smaller ecological footprint and lower energy costs than other buildings by up to 90 percent. There are about 60,000 residential and non-residential units that are non-certified and over 14,000 certified to the PH standard worldwide, and another 32,000 that are non-certified passive houses, with the largest number located in Germany and Austria.

Durfeld’s manufacturing facility is the first of its kind in North America and will enable the company to promote the PH standard and sustainable, energy-efficient construction methodologies that use innovative Canadian wood-based construction materials.  Moreover, the facility exemplifies high energy performance and demonstrates the efficacy of using wood in regular buildings.

The facility’s mezzanine offices, support spaces and showroom, for example, were designed to meet the PH standard. Projected energy savings with this type of construction over conventional buildings built to code can reach about 9,400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.

Other features include a biomass wood-fed boiler that uses wood waste from the manufacturing process to provide heat through an in-floor radiant heat system, which could save the company nearly 47,000 kWh/year in heating costs. Moreover, Durfeld explains that the company used a “wood first” approach, which avoided around 365 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.

IFIT also provided $900,000 to Dynamic Windows and Doors to develop the first Canadian made and sourced wood passive window and door systems. The innovative manufacturing process in Dynamic’s Abbotsford, B.C. facility allows homeowners to purchase highly energy-efficient windows and doors that meet the voluntary PH standard while supporting Canada’s forest sector and creating numerous, permanent jobs. With the investment, Dynamic has been able to develop a production line capable of machining and profiling components with the high levels of precision and repeatability required by the PH standard.

Both BC Passive House and Dynamic will promote awareness of the benefits of passive houses and help Canada’s forest sector become high-value product manufacturers.

New CIPEC Leaders

Petroleum Products Sector

McAsphalt Industries Ltd.
– Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia
– Montreal-Est, Québec
– North Bay, Ontario
– Oshawa, Ontario
– Ottawa, Ontario
– Sturgeon County, Alberta
– Valleyfield, Québec

Upstream Oil and Gas Sector

Inter Pipeline Ltd. – Cochrane, Alberta

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