Heads Up CIPEC – Volume 22, Number 3

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ENERGY SUMMIT 2018: A resounding success

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Between May 30 and 31st, Canada’s premier energy efficiency event—ENERGY SUMMIT 2018: Maximize Profitability through Energy Performance—brought together experts from across Canada’s industrial and building sectors to share best practices and to celebrate achievements. Hosted by Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), the SUMMIT was attended by 439 delegates—the largest number in the event’s history. Thanks to inspirational keynote speakers, a first-class Advisory Committee and CIPEC volunteers, it was a resounding success!

ENERGY SUMMIT offered unequalled opportunities for in-depth energy management discussions, networking and information exchange. Speakers and exhibitors delivered an exceptional conference program that highlighted the links between energy performance and competitiveness.

Conference delegates were inspired by the practical and economic energy efficiency solutions shared by keynote speakers. Andrew Bowerbank, sustainability leader, kicked off the conference with his thoughts on emerging clean technologies, high-performance building design and low-carbon economics. Ginny Flood from Suncor and Malini Giridhar from Enbridge used their keynote addresses to emphasize the importance of energy efficiency and innovation for trade-exposed sectors. Monica Curtis from Energy Efficiency Alberta made the case for energy efficiency programs and services that help Alberta residents and businesses save money and increase productivity. Steven Martin from Pond Technologies inspired the crowd with information on how algae can be used to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, and transform them into valuable bio products. Other special appearances included John Mullally from Goldcorp Inc., Shawn Casemore from EMC, Corey Diamond from Efficiency Canada, and Andy Mahut from Stelco (also the chair of CIPEC). 

This year’s SUMMIT benefitted from the guidance of an Advisory Committee consisting of energy efficiency experts from industrial energy end-users, agencies, utilities, and jurisdictions across Canada. Committee members were: James Allen (FortisBC Inc.); David Arkell (360 Energy); Jim Armstrong (Crown Metal Packaging Canada); Andrew Cooper (New Gold Inc.); Jon Feldman (Independent Electricity System Operator); Eric Langford (Langford & Associates); Greg Lehoux (BC Hydro); Peter Lennie-Misgeld (Ontario Department of Infrastructure); Sarah Margolius (Partners in Project Green); Enrique Mateos-Espejel (FP Innovations); Gilles Morel (Canadian Fuels Association); Dallas Munro (SaskPower); James Tweedie (Canadian Gas Association); and Martin Vroegh (Ontario Centres of Excellence).

Members from CIPEC’s Executive Board and Task Force Council also volunteered their time to moderate sessions during the conference. CIPEC thanks these volunteers for their dedication in shaping an unparalleled ENERGY SUMMIT.

ENERGY SUMMIT 2018 Awards Gala: Recognizing CIPEC Leaders

A key event at the ENERGY SUMMIT is the CIPEC Leadership Awards Gala, which celebrated 14 companies and young innovators for their part in advancing energy efficiency. Award winners have adopted simple energy management practices that have resulted in large cost and emission reductions.

Organizations are recognized under categories of corporate stewardship, process and technology improvements, energy performance management, employee awareness and training, or an integrated energy efficiency strategy.

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2018 CIPEC Leadership Awards winners

The CIPEC Energy Management National awards were given to St. Marys Cement – Bowmanville Plant, who became the first ISO 50001 certified industrial facility in North America, and IBM Canada Limited for their achievement in global ISO 50001 certification for sites around the world, including several Canadian facilities.

The mining sector was well represented at the award gala with Copper Mountain Mine (BC) Ltd, New Gold Inc. - New Afton Mine, Teck Highland Valley Copper and Tahoe Canada winning awards for Corporate Stewardship, Employee Awareness and Training, and Energy Performance Management.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Inc. – Windsor Assembly Plant and CNH Industrial were honoured for reducing their energy intensity in industrial processes by modifications to equipment and procedures, taking home the Process and Technology Improvements award. 3M Canada was recognized for being one of the first organizations in Canada to certify for ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance, winning in the Corporate Stewardship category.

Canfor Pulp Ltd. was awarded an Energy Performance Management award for implementing a novel control system approach – the first in Canada – that is estimated to save 3.4 GW of electricity per year.

The Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy Award went to both Cascades Inc. and Creemore Springs Brewery Limited for their continued work in improving energy as a result of an integrated strategy.

Michael A. Abel, a recent graduate of the University of Victoria, and Naz Orang, a doctoral candidate from the University of Toronto, won Future Leader awards for their individual contributions to the theoretical or applied advancement of industrial energy efficiency in Canada.

Also for the first time, CIPEC partnered with a utility—Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator to co-brand an award. Elissa Williamson, Energy Manager at Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine, was awarded the Industrial Accelerator Program-CIPEC Energy Manager Leadership Award.

ENERGY SUMMIT 2018 celebrated the ongoing efforts and achievements in industrial and building energy efficiency, but challenged both the industrial and building sectors to raise the bar even higher by growing the awareness of new technologies, processes, and financing, that leading organizations are adopting.

Inaugural Energy Manager Leadership Award goes to Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine

The first Industrial Accelerator Program (IAP)-CIPEC Energy Manager Leadership Award was presented to Elissa Williamson, Energy Manager at Goldcorp Inc.’s Red Lake Mine this past December. The award underlines CIPEC’s collaboration with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and puts the energy managers program on the national stage.

Kent Cook, Superintendent, Operational Excellence at Red Lake Mine explains that the award recognized the work of the facility’s energy manager and its Operational Excellence Team in developing an energy conservation culture. The initiative resulted in employee engagement in numerous energy conservation projects and programs, which ultimately lead to success in the mine’s Peak Demand Program and its Between Shift Ventilation Optimization Project.

“The award demonstrates and communicates the value of having a designated energy manager,” says Cook. With the advent of a dedicated Energy Leader, there has been a marked improvement in all things related to energy across the organization. Moreover, Goldcorp Inc. has made the role a requirement of its Sustainability Excellence Management System (SEMS).

“We are extremely humbled to be recognized for this award,” says Williamson, adding that being identified as a top company in this area by IAP/CIPEC is a huge honor. While celebrating its success, the Operational Excellence Team is moving forward with exciting and aggressive plans for 2018, striving to remain a company that will continue to lead energy management in the mining industry.

For industry, the award highlights something that has become imperative--energy management. Williamson says that thanks to its Energy Management Program, Goldcorp has saved millions of dollars in energy costs over the years and made significant strides towards reducing its impact on the environment. “Today energy management is a must in order to remain competitive and to keep costs down.”

In 2016, Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine completed a project supported by Natural Resources Canada to implement the ISO 50001 standards and specific key performance indicators and integrated an energy management program into the operations. The project included a gap analysis of the current energy management activities, establishment of energy performance indicators and training of energy managers and energy team. See the IESO video about the Goldcorp Energy Manager Leadership Award.

Cascades takes up the Challenge

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Solar panels at Cascades.
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Cascades recently received a Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award in the category of Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy.  Yet Cascades is not a company to rest on its laurels when it comes to their commitment to energy efficiency.

Cascades continues to demonstrate green leadership as the first manufacturer to register for NRCan’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry program. The program is designed to foster a greater contribution from Canadian industry in our transition to a low-carbon economy.  Companies that take the challenge, commit to reduce their facility’s energy intensity by 10% within 5 years.

"Cascades' participation in the ENERGY STAR program demonstrates our strong drive to keep doing more. Technology is evolving, along with good practices. Being part of a group like this means we can work with the best and maintain our leadership position," -Fabien Demougeot, technical services manager at Cascades CS+.

Cascades’ dedication is shaped into sustainable projects and action by the paper manufacturer’s unique team of energy efficiency specialists. They have been so successful in their engineering efforts that the team also acts as a consulting firm for other companies looking to achieve similar results.

In 2004, the team set up an energy investment fund that has facilitated over 250 projects. By their calculations, in 2017, the projects reduced total annual energy consumption by 194,431 gigajoules, roughly the annual consumption of 1,700 Canadian households. In 2012, Cascades acquired an integrated energy management system (EMS). Since 2016, Cascades has gradually integrated it into its paper mill operations, with the goal to have it applied within all of its paper mills by 2019.

From updated natural gas fired systems and solar panels to dedicated management and investment, Cascades is well on its way to completing NRCan’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry. We salute that commitment and hope that it will inspire other organizations to gain the recognition, savings, and environmental benefits that Cascades has demonstrated are attainable. Register your organization for the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry today!

Process and people make the difference at 3M Canada

3M has a long history of leadership in energy management. Its Pollution Prevention Pays program, started in 1975, has saved the company billions of dollars in energy globally; it has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 19 years; and it was one of the first companies in Canada to attain ISO 50001 certification.

Andrew Hejnar, 3M Canada's Corporate Energy Manager explains that the company's commitment to a structured energy management approach—which included implementing ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance management systems company-wide—has made energy awareness part of the company's culture, and helps them identify problems and stay on top of issues. This is a big part of the reason why 3M Canada was one of the first CIPEC leaders to register two of its facilities—Morden, Manitoba and London, Ontario—with the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.

"We have a small team thus we registered these two facilities initially, but as we make our calculations and analyses, we'll be registering more facilities in the next few weeks," says Hejnar.

3M Canada uses a three-pillar approach to energy management: metering and targeting; technology; and people. 

"Our energy management systems help us identify energy efficiency improvements, such as compressed air optimization," says Hejnar. "It's the most expensive energy source and most facilities leak compressed air at a rate of 25 to 30 percent."

Metered energy use data shows where problems exist; leak detection technology is used in regular inspections; and employees are trained to listen for leaks. Some of the waste heat from the compressors is also used in the facility's combined heat and power system.

"You need to know where and how much you use and you need to upgrade systems," Hejnar says, "but the most important part is your people."

Every new employee receives energy training and there are ongoing conservation and energy information campaigns throughout the year. Large screen monitors at many plants also show real-time energy consumption. Four full-time staff members deal exclusively with energy management, and each facility has an energy champion.

The "people" pillar extends to the top brass as well. The human and financial resources needed for energy management are common challenges, says Hejnar, but by working closely with top management, including them, and providing them with the business case, those challenges can be overcome. "I always say to them, there are two flavours of green: being green and making green."

ENERGY STAR Challenge a good fit for Celanese

Celanese Corporation won the U.S. ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for energy management three years in a row, and the award for Sustained Excellence in 2018.

Celanese Canada ULC, part of the global chemical company Celanese Corporation, has taken the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, joining other CIPEC leaders in cutting energy intensity at their facilities.

"It's a good fit," says Patrick Tymchuk, Celanese's Operations and Asset Capability Leader.  Many of the company's U.S. sites have been part of ENERGY STAR since 2015. Despite similarities in the company's facilities and lessons to be learned from their U.S. counterparts, there will always be Canadian particularities and Tymchuk is excited to be part of the conversation.

"We want to challenge ourselves to be better and want to see how we can use each other to improve how we do things," he says. Signing up the Edmonton site for the Canadian Challenge, he adds, provides national recognition as well as opportunities to network and share ideas with other Canadian companies and sites.

About 80 percent of the facility's energy is used to compress ethylene gas. Tymchuk says that they use synchronous motors on high-energy equipment to boost the power factor, and have trained staff to spot energy savings. Still, he admits that it remains a challenge to "move the stick" on the high load.

Like many CIPEC leaders, Celanese recognizes the power of its people and the company actively engages employees using awareness campaigns, newsletters, presentations, training sessions, and Energy Treasure Hunts. Energy Treasure Hunts are two- to three-day events that engage employees in identifying low-cost energy savings opportunities from behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions.

During one Treasure Hunt, employees found that they were able to run the same equipment on one, smaller compressor, rather than a large one that was being used, resulting in major energy savings. "We've been able to run the smaller one now for about eight months a year," says Tymchuk.

Celanese's commitment to sustainability goes beyond energy management. The team at the Edmonton plant has been working with local communities, provincial and federal environmental agencies, and its own experts to craft a greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy.  More than halfway through its six-year plan, the Edmonton plant is on target to reduce VOC emissions by more than 50% while also improving fence-line air quality.

Join CIPEC Leaders like Cascades, 3M Canada, and Celanese Canada Inc. and take the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry to reduce your facility’s energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. Not only will your company be recognized for its achievements, but it will also see direct energy savings, increase energy management visibility, engage all business divisions, build or build upon an energy management culture and show leadership in sustainability.

To be eligible, an organization must register a facility as a CIPEC Leader and have at least 50 percent of its energy use in manufacturing or research and development. Moreover, the company has to create and maintain a file with relevant energy data and ultimately submit proof that the facility achieved its 10 percent reduction target.

Eligible facilities should contact ENERGY STAR for Industry in Canada to request application instructions.

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