The CIPEC Leadership Awards are presented every second year to Canadian industrial organizations that have made exceptional advances in energy efficiency.
Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency selects winners by evaluating nominated projects against a clear set of criteria in different categories. Eligibility criteria, nomination deadlines and contact information are announced during the call for nominations for the awards.
- Access a list of past award winners
- Read about the successes of past award winners in the Heads Up CIPEC newsletter and the CIPEC Annual Report.
Nominate a project for the 2018 CIPEC Leadership Awards
For more information or to request your nomination form, contact the Administrator, Industrial Programs.
2016 award winners
- CIPEC Energy Management National Award
- Corporate Stewardship Award
- Process and Technology Improvement Award
- Energy Performance Management Award
- Employee Awareness and Training Award
- Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy Award
New Category in 2016: CIPEC Energy Management National Award
The CIPEC National Energy Management Award is presented to the two highest scores achieved by Canadian entrants for the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Energy Management Leadership Award.
Each applicant must have implemented an ISO 50001 or Superior Energy Performance energy management system and submitted to CEM’s Energy Management Working Group a case study outlining the benefits to their organization. A panel of judges grades each case study and assigns a score.
The winners are New Gold – New Afton Mine, and 3M Canada
New Gold – New Afton Mine
New Gold’s case study showed strong financial results on energy performance improvements and CO2 reduction. It also showed the company was able to increase energy awareness at all levels. This is important, as it is people, not systems, who manage energy.
3M Canada Company
3M submitted this corporate case study, which covers 18 facilities that implemented ISO 50001 in 7 countries (3M Canada Company is the Canadian participant). At 3 sites, Superior Energy Performance was also implemented. The case study shows strong results for energy performance improvement and CO2 reduction. It also shows that 3M’s ISO 50001 facilities have outpaced non-ISO 50001 facilities on energy efficiency improvements by 60 percent.
Corporate Stewardship Award
This award recognizes companies that promote energy efficiency at the corporate level, such as the creating and engaging an energy management team, developing a corporate energy management plan or policy, or implementing a formal management system.
The winners are Cascades Inc. and ArcelorMittal Dofasco
In the 1990s, Cascades Inc. created a group dedicated to reducing energy consumption. Since then, the group has implemented more than 230 projects to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency.
Energy awareness has spread to all levels of the company, and the energy group has ingrained a company-wide strategy of continuous improvements in energy management. Today, Cascades uses 2.5 times less energy than the Canadian pulp and paper industry average.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco has implemented a portfolio of energy efficiency projects that are generating significant savings. To date, ArcelorMittal Dofasco has realized energy savings of more than 125,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually through such projects as the installation of a 12 megawatt (MW) by-product gas fired turbo generator and the installation of a high turbulence roll cooling system at the hot strip rolling mill.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco is targeting an additional 290,000 MWh/yr in energy savings through the next phase of the portfolio.
Process and Technology Improvement Award
This award honours companies that reduce energy intensity in an industrial process by improving procedures and equipment.
The winners are Barrick-Hemlo and CAE Inc.
This company implemented a site-wide ventilation management program at its Hemlo Mine in Ontario between 2014 and 2016. The program included adding ventilation on demand (VOD) in targeted areas of the mine and fans without VOD managed by trained personnel. Innovative ‘ice stopes’ in old mining areas were created to supply fresh air in winter, that did not require heating, and cool air in summer.
Compared to 2014, the Hemlo Mine reduced ventilation energy consumption and GHG emissions by 10 percent and 24 percent respectively. Hemlo is also expecting combined electricity and propane savings of nearly 20 percent from its ventilation improvements.
CAE reconfigured and modernized the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems at its Ville St. Laurent, Québec facility, allowing it to realize up to 31 percent in energy cost savings. The project was carried out with an energy performance contractor (EPC), where the project cost, financial incentives and annual savings are guaranteed by the EPC.
Energy Performance Management Award
This award recognizes companies that enhance their monitoring, measuring and reporting on facility or company-wide energy consumption and improving energy performance.
The winners are Catalyst Paper Corporation – Powell River, and Shell Canada Limited.
Catalyst Paper – Powell River
Catalyst Paper installed a turbine generator at its paper mill in Powell River, British Columbia. The mill’s power generator G13 converts low-pressure waste steam from the mill machines into 8 megawatts of electricity. The project was developed in partnership with BC Hydro and moves the mill one step closer to long-term sustainability.
Shell Canada Limited
Shell Canada Limited’s Demin Water Preheat Integration Project aims to reduce the low pressure steam requirements of the Scotford Upgrader by heating demineralized water with waste-heat from the nearby Shell Quest plant.
By adding this heat integration, Shell will reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of both facilities. The expected reduction in the upgrader’s total energy consumption is between 370,000 and 610,000 gigajoules per year with a decrease of 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.
Employee Awareness and Training Award
This award recognizes companies that raise employee awareness and understanding of energy efficiency, and promote best practices through knowledge exchange.
The winners are Canfor Pulp and 3M Canada – Brockville.
Over the past few years, Canfor Pulp has invested significantly in energy-efficiency initiatives at its four mills in northern B.C., with employee awareness as a major component. Each Canfor pulp mill has a Strategic Energy Management Program headed by an energy manager who coordinates all energy conservation measures and is supported by an energy team.
The company has implemented energy management information systems (EMIS) that enables employees to track energy use and implement changes that optimize energy performance.
3M Canada – Brockville
3M Canada’s Brockville Tape plant was one of the first Canadian facilities to be ISO 50001 certified. Central to the plant’s energy management success is the company’s engagement of its employees. Staff can submit their energy conservation ideas and observations, and receive incentives for participating. 3M also ensures that employees are kept up to date on the progress of energy-efficiency projects, displaying trend data and other information on the facility’s information screen, and communicating with them in multiple other ways (email, newsletters).
Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy Award
This award honours companies that improve energy efficiency at a facility or company-wide level through a range of initiatives as a result of an integrated strategy.
The winners are Global Wood Concepts Ltd. and Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee.
Global Wood Concepts Ltd.
This manufacturer of office and institutional furniture implemented an energy-management system in accordance with the ISO 50001 standard. Previously, Global Wood had implemented many energy-efficiency projects resulting in nearly 235,000 kilowatt-hours of energy savings for 2014–2015.
Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee
This company, one of the largest coffee roasters in North America, has been developing an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 and expanding it to include energy-reduction projects.
State-of-the-art roaster controls and catalytic afterburners have lowered natural gas consumption by close to 1,600,000 cubic metres (m3) annually. An LED lighting retrofit has reduced electricity consumption by 39 and 15 percent in two of its facilities. A closed loop chiller system upgrade has reduced water consumption by 44,100 m3 per year.
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