Earlier this year, 260 Manufacturers, Community Partners and Service Providers met in Niagara Falls at the EMC-NRCAN Energy Summit 2014 to look at ways to manage energy more efficiently, mitigate costs where they might, review courses plotted to become more sustainable and leverage ideas about better processes, technologies, and systems from the peers on hand. A group of Manufacturers sincerely interested in paving their road to success in that regard decided to enhance their journeys through plant visits and best practice sharing - what a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in implementing or improving energy management programs and practices!
Our first Energy Management Best Practice Event took place at Campbell Company of Canada in Toronto and opened with a Guest presentation by Provision Coalition of their Online Sustainability Portal followed by our Host's Energy Management Best Practices.
Provision Coalition - Cher Mereweather, Executive Director
We were very pleased to have Cher Mereweather, Executive Director, Provision Coalition join us to review the Online Sustainability Portal and the incredible array of tools, resources etc. that it provides. Provision Coalition represents 11 Associations and is striving to be the leading voice on sustainability.
Companies attending were invited to pre-register on the Portal and through the presentation by Provision Coalition, we were able to gain a better understanding of its capabilities and the potential opportunities utilizing it in our own facilities could render. We had an extensive discussion that covered many areas relating to Sustainability including:
What is a sustainable business?
- Creates financial value
- Care about employees, customers and communities
- Holistic approach
What are the five stages of Sustainability? (Most manufacturers are in the Compliance stage and some are in Beyond Compliance)
- Beyond Compliance/Clean Production
- Integrated Strategy
- Purpose and Passion
An interesting statistic was shared by our Guest Speaker in that "2/3 of manufacturers have identified sustainability risks but only 40% are actually acting on it". With that thought in mind we examined various challenges such as: global competitiveness, financial impediments, packaging, low margin industry, etc. and then associated risks (ie. spills, fines, social media exposure, etc.). From there we looked at what becomes a priority requiring action.
We also discussed energy and rising input costs and how that translates into pressure for Canadian food manufacturers along with foreign competition, consumer pressure and new entrants and current retail concentration. Supplementing these challenges, there are also environmental risks that can have a significant impact on our business not the least of which is our use of water. ($1 in water inputs drives $9-18 of other variable costs.)
Provision Coalition's Online Sustainability Portal provides an opportunity for companies to look at metrics and benchmark with industry standards, offering real measurement and accountability. The tangible outcome is an opportunity to integrate findings that enable a company to incorporate practices and processes relating to sustainability into their ongoing business decisions, operations and culture of the organization.
Using a step by step process on their website, we walked through each area of the Portal. We discussed elements from Planning and Strategy, Sustainability Alignment, Assessment and Implementation, Verification and Continuous Improvement and lastly and equally important, Communication and Development. Once registered on the Portal, companies can take a self-assessment to determine where they currently are from a sustainability standpoint. Next steps will move them to data input that renders a KPI Scorecard and provides tools from which to benchmark from both an environmental and wastewater management standpoint. Participants can also access a Toxic Reduction Guide and make use of various surveys. In addition to the metrics and analytical capabilities provided through data input by companies on the portal, it also has a listing of vendors and suppliers, a plethora of listed resources in their library to refer to, a database on any applicable funding that might be available for projects that fall within the scope of sustainability at large, regulatory contacts, an ongoing blog and they are currently working on forum opportunities - all of which quite frankly makes it an excellent "one stop sustainability resource"!
If you would like to learn more about Provision Coalition and the Online Sustainability Portal - please contact Cher at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at: www.provisioncoalition.com. They would be delighted to hear from you and would be happy to extend an invitation to explore the Portal!
Campbell Company of Canada - Doug Dittburner, Manager of Power Services
Our Host, Doug Dittburner, Manager of Power Services and Chair of the CIPEC Task Force, welcomed everyone and provided a bit of a background on Campbell's and then an excellent overview of some of the great initiatives they have undertaken at this facility.
Doug and the Team at Campbell's are very passionate when it comes to engaging, motivating and promoting awareness with others on energy management related matters. The company has made significant investments in measures regarding our subject at hand including IT, equipment, operational and maintenance practices, new technology and energy related training.
Campbell Company of Canada began production in November of 1930. The plant is 550,000 square feet in size and located on 16.6 acres in a prime real estate area. They produce almost 12.5 Million adjusted cases. From a global perspective, the Campbell Company worldwide donates more than $40 Million in product on an annual basis. They are the only Campbell's plant in Canada producing canned product. They have a very engaged organization that strives to improve their environmental footprint on an ongoing basis.
This company has very clear sustainability and energy management goals established:
- Cut environmental footprint in half
- Reduce energy needs and seek green energy sources
- All plants will meet once per month to benchmark and share
- Recycle 95%
- Incorporate sustainable packaging
- Promote more sustainable agriculture
You can read more on their CSR (Corporate Sustainability Responsibility) on their website at:
Through Doug's presentation, we learned about some of the initiatives they have taken advantage of, equipment implementation, ongoing projects underway and new development in the works. We also gained valuable insight on engaging and motivating staff and gaining corporate support. One of their most successful endeavours in this regard was the development of their Energy Team which to date has recognized $450,000 in energy savings and currently has over 220 ideas in their database!
New Energy Team:
- Worked with team to understand Vision (where we want to be) and Mission (how do we get there)
- Focus on energy conservation - cost savings, rebates, incentives, etc.
- Prizes for good ideas or savings practices (free lunch, light bulbs, t-shirts, etc.)
- Earth Day - community clean-up, litterless lunches, etc.
- Energy Awareness Displays and Energy Team Meetings - these are opportunities for providers such as Enbridge and Toronto Hydro representatives who are always invited to participate
This past year, the Team at Campbell's has embraced and participated in Audits for energy, compressed air, and boiler gas savings, installed a power meter with real time data, participated in a PI Study through GF2 Funding, engaged in Dollars to Sense Training, and received Cogen approval! In addition to this they have also regularly participated in CIPEC Meetings, joined the Energy Leaders Consortium through Partners in Project Green as well as the SEG (Strategic Energy Group) via OPA. They adhere to a well thought out Sustainability Plan and Environmental Road Map and through their Energy Management Self-Assessment can chart an Action Plan that addresses needs accordingly.
We also chatted about Campbell's "Energy Champion Kit" which includes items such as: light meter, laser distance measure, power meter, infrared thermometer, tool box energy talk cards for home and work (200), sensor plug, and kilowatt meter.
Various aspects of energy savings were discussed including solar panel implementation in an office area, the discovery of the cost of leaking steam traps, lighting with LED's, the financial impact of dripping taps, insulation upgrades, etc. Doug suggested that starting with the simple things ie. lighting is a good way to help people understand the opportunities. Find a vendor to work with - they may help you with any funding applications and can also calculate potential savings. Establish an Energy Team Charter that outlines goals and commitment. Stay connected to others with a common interest in managing and mitigating costs related to Energy and Sustainability initiatives.
There is much to learn from the great work that the Campbell Company of Canada Team has undertaken and it would be safe to say, that everyone is looking forward to visiting again!
Our next Energy Management session will be held on October 16th at Sons Bakery in Brampton. Provision Coalition will be joining us again and will be sharing a case study on our Host! If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to email me at email@example.com!
Very special thanks to our Host, Campbell Company of Canada, and to Provision Coalition for joining us for this Special EMC Food Sector Event - great topic - great day - great discussion!!
All the best as always!
Bren de Leeuw, Director - EMC Food, Beverage, Bio & Ag Program Canada
Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium - firstname.lastname@example.org - 519-372-6009