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CIPEC Leadership Awards

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) co-hosts the biennial Energy conference, Canada’s foremost industrial energy efficiency event. At the conference, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) honours companies that have made a significant and innovative contribution to energy efficiency. The CIPEC Leadership Awards celebrate the achievements of Canada’s industrial companies and raise awareness that energy efficiency improves the bottom line and contributes to a cleaner environment.

Winning a CIPEC Leadership Award provides individuals and organizations with national recognition. In addition to presenting engraved plaques to winners, NRCan recognizes award winners in the CIPEC Annual Report and national news releases. Recipients are also featured in CIPEC’s bi-monthly newsletter, Heads Up CIPEC, which is delivered to more than 10,000 industry and government officials.

2011 Awards Winners

Company name
Project Description
Industry sector Category
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
  • Improved the production and energy efficiency of the hot strip mill reheat furnaces
  • Consisted of three initiatives:
    1. Optimization of heating strategies
    2. Individual slab intervention heating model
    3. Increase in charge slab temperature
  • Saved 119 600 gigajoules of energy annually
Steel Process and Technology Improvements
Broan-NuTone Canada Inc.
  • Created a cross-functional team to promote energy efficiency at the corporate level
  • Implemented 6 key energy-saving projects in 2010
  • Reduced energy consumption by 23% from 2009 to 2011
General Manufacturing Corporate Stewardship
Cascades GIE Inc.
  • Energy Action Group dedicated to improving energy efficiency in over 100 plants across Canada
  • Implemented over 63 projects company-wide since 2009
  • Carried out audits, identified energy reduction targets and monitored performance
  • Saved over $10 million in energy costs in 2010
Pulp and Paper Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy
Flakeboard Company Ltd.
  • Deployed a fully integrated Energy Management Information System (EMIS)
  • Reduced peak demand by 1.2 MW in 2011
  • Saved $250,000 annually on energy costs
Wood Products Monitoring and Tracking
Groupe Savoie Inc.
  • Implemented a sophisticated Energy Management Information System (EMIS)
  • Tracks energy use in 51 different ways
  • Now able to identify and justify energy projects
  • Saved $125,000 on energy costs in 2010-2011
Wood Products Monitoring and Tracking
IBM Canada Ltée
  • Developed an annual energy management plan with the participation of employees
  • Established standards and best practices to maximize energy efficiency
  • Implemented more than 50 projects since 2009, with savings of over $1 million
  • Reduced annual energy use by over 8% and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 22%
Electrical and Electronics Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy
Irving Paper Limited
  • Launched energy awareness campaign called “Energy Matters”
  • Developed integrated employee learning plans with energy efficiency objectives
  • Making energy visible through EMIS implementation
  • Reduced total energy use by 5% per year and CO2 emissions by 50 kilotonnes
Pulp and Paper Employee Awareness and Training
Kraft Foods Inc. (Cadbury Adams)
  • Created an Energy Team to reduce energy and water use and waste production
  • Conducted key energy audits
  • Reduced the plant’s carbon footprint by 16% (base 2006)
  • Annualized savings of at least $506,000 on energy and water costs in 2010-2011
Food and Beverage Corporate Stewardship
Kruger Products L.P.
  • Installed a biomass gasification system that produces syngas (synthetic gas)
  • Reduced CO2 emissions by 16 kilotonnes in 2010
  • Saved $1.8 million per year in natural gas
Pulp and Paper Process and Technology Improvements
S.A. Armstrong Limited
  • Champions for the Armstrong Green Team
  • Launched “POWERBREAK” employee education and awareness campaign
  • Implemented on-going employee training systems
  • Saved $77,000 on annual energy costs
General Manufacturing Employee Awareness and Training

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