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WEBINAR: Energy Management Systems

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Date: March 30, 2016

“The link between energy management and climate change is real,” says Michael Kelly, Process Engineer and Energy Manager at KI Canada Corporation, a CIPEC Leader, and winner of the 2014 Employee Awareness CIPEC Leadership award. This is one reason why the company decided to invest in an energy management system (EnMS) and establish an Energy Awareness Campaign (EAC).

For manufacturers, the implementation of an EnMS is key to becoming more energy-efficient, and, for some organizations, an EnMS can lead to ISO 50001 Energy Systems Management standard compliance. An increasing number of Canadian companies are using EnMS to better manage their energy costs and identify areas for energy efficiency improvements.

To help organizations to implement EnMS in their facilities, CIPEC is offering an hour-long webinar on March 30th that will feature KI Canada Corporation. The company, a manufacturer of office furniture located in Pembroke, Ontario, has been a leader in using EnMS to reduce its energy costs and to continually improve its operations. “For KI, the EnMS offers another cost avoidance strategy,” says Kelly.

Since the launch of its corporate energy policy in 2012, the company has implemented an EnMS and their Employee Awareness Campaign (EAC), leading to measures that have resulted in a reduction of more than 1.9 million cubic metres (m3) of natural gas and 4.9 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity and an equivalent GHG emissions reduction of over 7,150 tonnes. This represents reductions of over 60 percent (normalized per Million$ sales).

During the upcoming webinar, Kelly will share his experience about implementing an EnMS at KI Canada Corporation. He will discuss the need for upper management engagement in energy efficiency, setting targets, using the Plan-Do-Check-Act continual improvement framework, and developing the business case for committing resources to energy improvements. Kelly will also touch on KI’s partnering with Enbridge, the Ottawa River Power Corporation and NRCan for incentives, employee training and various energy studies.

In addition, Kelly will highlight the importance of establishing an EAC on the road to a culture change that recognizes the cost of energy. Participants will also learn about the various projects that have led to the company’s energy savings, including retrofits of timers and motors, the addition of compressor controls, variable frequency drives on process ovens, destratification fans, and many other improvements that can be applied across industrial sectors.

Moreover, Kelly will emphasize how an EnMS can be an essential tool in moving towards ISO 50001 certification. “By implementing an EnMS, an organization is able to ready itself for compliance.”

For more information on the webinar, contact info.ind@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

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