3M Canada Brockville plant achieves ISO 50001 accreditation
October 19, 2012 - 3M Canada says it has recently received ISO 50001 accreditation of its Brockville, Ont., tape manufacturing facility, as well achieving Platinum—the highest level—of the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program for its energy efficiency accomplishments.
By Anthony Capkun
“3M’s Brockville plant has demonstrated an energy performance improvement of more than 15% over the past three years. “Improving energy efficiency is one of the fastest, greenest and most cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gases, save energy and increase energy security,” said Gordon Brown, MP for Leeds–Grenville, on behalf of Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources.
At the Brockville manufacturing site, 3M produces masking tape that is distributed for global consumption. 3M Canada says it is the first in the country to earn this distinction, and only the second in the world.
The plant’s energy management system (EMS) has met the requirements of ISO 50001, a voluntary international standard promoting energy management in businesses. Implementation of the standard aids organizations in reducing energy use through sharing industry best practices, measurement and reporting disciplines, and promoting energy efficiency throughout supply chain operations.
The SEP designation indicates additional energy management and performance verification requirements have been met, either at the highest level of Platinum, the next level of Gold, and the lowest level of Silver.
“At 3M Canada, energy efficiency and energy management is a major priority in our offices, research laboratories, and especially in our manufacturing facilities,” said Paul Madden, president and general manager, 3M Canada. “We’re so proud to be the first company in Canada to earn the honour of ISO 50001 with Superior Energy Performance at the Platinum level, and are sincerely thankful to the Ministry of Natural Resources for all their support.”
NRCan provided $155,000 in support through the EcoEnergy Efficiency for Industry program to the energy management initiative at 3M’s plant. 3M Canada also recognizes Enbridge Gas Distribution, Hydro One Networks and Energy Performance Services for their involvement.