St Marys Cement Inc. has received the first International Organization for Standardizations (ISO) 50001 certification in North America.
The ISO 50001 standard is a framework for industrial facilities seeking to manage their energy use. Cement plants consume significant amounts of energy, a release from St Marys says. Plants as large as Bowmanville operate 24/7 with a capacity of more than 1.8Mt.
As a result, Fabio Garcia, the manager of plant operations, laid out a strategy in 2005 for an integrated approach to reducing the plant’s energy consumption.
“Employee awareness of the costs of various operations and procedures and training programs paid big dividends,” Garcia explains.
“Other important steps were engaging 360 Energy of Burlington Ontario and establishing an energy management and conservation committee, that we call E=MC2. With representatives from Finance, HR, Environment, Quality Control, Maintenance, Mining and Production departments, the Committee identified and acted upon over 100 separate energy efficiency initiatives. Much of the energy savings required little capital expenditure or were done at no cost.”