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Heads Up CIPEC

August 1, 2009 Vol. XIII, No. 14


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CIPEC receives 2009 Champion of Energy Efficiency award from ACEEE

CIPEC Winner 2009

From left to right: Neal Elliot, Associate Director of Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy presents the award to Michael Burke, Director, Industrial Programs Division, Office of Energy Efficiency and Doug Dittburner, CET, CIPEC Food and Beverage Sector Task Force Chair and Chief Engineer and Energy Team Leader, Toronto Brewery, Molson Canada.

The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) has been declared a Champion of Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The award was presented at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry in Niagara Falls, New York on Wednesday, July 29.

CIPEC is the first organization outside the United States to win an ACEEE award.

Among 56 nominees, CIPEC was recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership in the development and implementation of energy efficiency initiatives for industry.

“The results this partnership has achieved speak for themselves, and show what we can accomplish when we commit ourselves to working together toward a common goal,” said Glenn Mifflin, Chair of the CIPEC Executive Board and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer North Atlantic Refining. “This award belongs to everyone in the CIPEC family, in industry and in government alike, who are truly passionate about improving energy efficiency and reducing harmful emissions including greenhouse gas.”

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New initiative takes holistic approach to greening the mining sector

The Green Mining Initiative (GMI) represents “a change in paradigm for the mining industry in the sense that ways to minimize impacts on the environment are developed right at the beginning phase of a mine project development,” says Dr. Louise Laverdure, A/Director General of the CANMET Mining and Mineral Sciences Laboratories (CANMET-MMSL) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

The intent of the initiative, officially launched in May 2009, is “to minimize industry’s footprint, to support innovation in mining and to raise the profile of proactive measures that companies are already taking.”

Led by NRCan, the GMI is a multistakeholder initiative with collaboration and funding opportunities. Participation is expected from the mining industry, mining equipment manufacturers, all levels of government, regulators, academia and non-governmental organizations. “If everyone involved is focused on the outcome, there will be real impact, and significant benefits to society and the industry,” explains Dr. Laverdure.

Focussed on four research and innovation themes, the GMI is a comprehensive program that seeks to move the Canadian mining industry into a leadership position, nationally and internationally, in the development and adoption of green technologies.

Program themes include

  • footprint reduction
  • innovation in waste management
  • ecosystem risk management
  • mine closure and rehabilitation

Within each theme, key research needs that address the full life cycle of mines have been identified.

NRCan’s CANMET-MMSL has numerous research projects underway related to the GMI, including

  • applying mining process simulation to determine the appropriate controls for automated ventilation in underground mines
  • investigating the use of organic waste materials for remediation of mine tailings to establish energy crops for fuel production
  • assessing the viability of the application of bioleaching to base metals
  • developing waste water treatment technologies such as membrane separation
  • evaluating a new gold-leaching process to reduce or replace cyanide use
  • studying heat stress mitigation and management in deep mines

Dr. Laverdure points to three key sources of energy consumption in the mining industry: ventilation, haulage of ore to the surface and the ore comminution process that requires crushing and grinding of ore at the surface.

To address these areas, CANMET-MMSL is developing a hybrid mine loader that will use a smaller diesel engine in conjunction with an electric motor to meet peak power requirements. Using this technology will significantly reduce the need for ventilation underground because of the decrease in the diesel particulates emissions and the heat generated by loaders. Underground ventilation is one of the main energy consumers in mining operations.

Dr. Laverdure notes that CANMET-MMSL is investigating on-demand ventilation, which would reduce energy consumption dramatically from the current 24/7 operation schedule. Research is also underway on explosive-free rock breakage, and a project investigating underground pre-concentration of minerals that would significantly reduce energy costs associated with haulage is in the design stage.

For open-pit mines, a research project on energy-efficient rock fragmentation in Quebec evaluated such technologies as electronic detonators and rock characterization techniques to improve fragmentation and reduce the significant energy costs associated with comminution.

These projects illustrate the breadth of GMI’s holistic approach to advance sustainable mining, to meet and exceed environmental standards, reduce operating costs, create additional value and protect workers.

For more information, visit rncan-nrcan.gc.ca/smm-mms/nmw-smc/gmi-gmi-eng.htm.

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Nova Scotia’s Eco-Efficiency Centre provides carbon footprint tool for SMEs

Small businesses in Canada stand to gain from the carbon footprint tool recently launched by Dalhousie University’s Eco-Efficiency Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The tool is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) “to help them understand their carbon footprint and what they can do to reduce it,” says Emily Richardson, the Centre’s Greenhouse Gas Analyst.

A carbon footprint represents all direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with a particular process or activity and is typically measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

The carbon footprint is determined from such information as a company’s electricity and fuel consumption, but also its business travel emissions. These impact categories are then multiplied by a figure that represents an assumed environmental impact.

For example, a company’s electricity consumption in kilowatt hours is multiplied by its home province’s GHG emissions per kilowatt hour. The sum of these impact-category footprints comprises the company’s estimated carbon footprint.

After evaluating many online corporate GHG calculators and finding few that were both up-to-date and customizable for Canadian businesses, the Eco-Efficiency Centre developed a tool to fit the needs of Canadian SMEs. Richardson describes it as “a preliminary informational tool” that will allow companies to assemble the information required for a complete GHG inventory.

Because of a lack of data on SME emissions in Canada, the Eco-Efficiency Centre is asking users to share their footprint file after it is completed to generate aggregate data. These statistics will enhance the information available on GHG emissions in the SME sector and will allow businesses to compare themselves to others and identify priorities for GHG mitigation strategies.

Since the launch of the tool in April 2009, a wide range of organizations have adopted it, including manufacturers and service industries.

Carbon footprint data will become a necessity because of the possibility of a cap-and-trade system in the future and growing supply-chain demands from multinational companies.

Richardson notes that “greenhouse gas measurement will become a requirement for the marketplace of tomorrow. We hope this tool will help small businesses stay ahead of the curve and take advantage of all of the benefits low-carbon operations can provide.”

The Centre’s Director, Dr. Michelle Adams, points out, “One of the additional benefits of this type of tool is that it also allows companies to better understand the link between carbon emissions and the efficiency of their operations. The management of greenhouse gases will also mean the management of energy, materials and wastes. This is key to improving the long-term sustainability of these organizations and maintaining a competitive edge.”

For more information or to order a free copy of the carbon footprint tool, visit www.eco-efficiency.management.dal.ca/Services/Carbon_Footprinting/index.php.

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Toronto Region Sustainability Program helps manufacturers identify savings

“We provide pollution prevention and energy conservation technical assistance, using various tools, to help manufacturers optimize their processes,” says Fred Granek, Vice President Sustainability, Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA). The Toronto Region Sustainability Program, delivered by OCETA, offers pollution prevention technical assistance and funding incentives for small to medium-sized manufacturers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The GTA-wide Toronto Region Sustainability Program contributes up to 50 percent or a maximum of $5,000 to offset costs of a pollution prevention (P2) assessment and the development of a pollution prevention action plan. The program currently has 69 clients with 60 completed P2 assessments.

“We go to the root cause of waste and rather than manage it, we try to eliminate it,” notes Granek, adding that this drives organizations to integrated solutions, which make for a better business case. “We have a very high implementation rate – 90 percent,” says Granek, “and an average payback of 11 months.”

Granek explains that although the triggers for past and current P2 assessments have been criteria air contaminants toxins and waste, the results often also translated into GHG reductions and energy savings:

  • Maracle Press Limited reduced or eliminated the use of several chemicals as a result of the assessment. As well, the company now uses cool air from outside during the winter months rather than running compressors to cool printers, saving $5,000 annually.
  • A resin plant recycled scrubber water to reduce both water and energy consumption for an annual savings of $49,000 with a five-month payback period.
  • A packaging and printing company replaced analog plate units with digital imaging in its pre-press process, saving $124,000 on its electrical bill.

After a P2 assessment is completed, some companies proceed with a follow-up, targeted energy assessment. Two companies from the aerospace and plastics sector are conducting P2 and energy assessment, simultaneously. “We want this to be the norm,” says Granek.

OCETA is now in partnership with Community Go Green to bundle energy efficiency into the existing Toronto Region Sustainability Program platform, explains Granek. “This integration will result in an even better business case for our program clients.”

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What’s New

Precarn releases the second round of the Precarn Industrial T-GAP – Application deadline is September 2, 2009

Precarn Incorporated has just released a call for applications to its reinvigorated Technology-Gap Assistance Program (T-GAP). Like its predecessor, this program is designed for very small and start-up companies that work in the area of intelligent systems.

The program focuses on the gap between technology innovation and commercialization. Examples include building engineering prototypes, refining and implementing designs, conducting scale-up activities, product-specific market research, conducting field studies and conducting technical and market assessments.

Precarn contributes up to 65 percent of the eligible project costs for projects that cost up to $75,000 and has allocated $1 million for the program. After a project is approved, 50 percent of the Precarn funds will be paid at midterm of the project and the remaining 50 percent will be paid upon project completion and delivery of a final report.

Complete details are on the Precarn Web site www.precarn.ca/news/2009TGAP.html.

For more information, contact Rick Schwartzburg, Senior Manager, Academic Partnerships, Precarn Incorporated at 613-727-9507, ext. 231 or by e-mail at schwartzburg@precarn.ca.

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Call for story ideas

Has your company implemented successful energy efficiency measures that you would like to share with Heads Up CIPEC readers? Please send your story ideas for consideration to Jocelyne Rouleau by e-mail at jocelyne.rouleau@nrcan.gc.ca.

If you require more information on an article or a program, contact Jocelyne Rouleau at the above e-mail address.

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Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops – The fall 2009 schedule will be published in August.

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