March 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 3

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Welcome to the March 2008 Energy Management e-newsletter.

From March 12-14, Vancouver played host to Globe 2008, the 10th biennial trade fair and conference on business and the environment. The event was a resounding success, with more than 10,000 attendees visiting the trade show floor and taking part in the conference sessions – of which there were seven streams, including sessions on corporate sustainability, climate change and energy, building better cities, auto future tech and finance & sustainability.

This month’s newsletter offers highlights of the event, particularly the energy and building better cities sessions. Look for further coverage from the event in upcoming issues of Energy Management in print and online.

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Robert Colman
Editor / Associate Publisher


Nexterra, Dockside Green among winners at Globe Awards

The GLOBE Foundation of Canada announced the winners of the 2008 GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence at Globe 2008, celebrating Canadian companies that take a proactive approach to sustainable business strategies and have made significant strides towards developing progressive technologies and services.

Full story: Globe Awards…

Innovative supply mix key to energy future, say Globe panelists

Conservation, the improvement of current assets and further development of renewables are the three main issues we must tackle in Canada to ensure a secure electricity supply in coming years. This was the conclusion reached by the participants in “The Future of Energy Dialogue” at Globe 2008. The effective integration of renewables into that mix will be of the utmost importance — an opinion expressed in a number of sessions at the conference.

Full story: Innovative supply…

Green building — taking it mainstream

Buildings represent about 35 per cent or more of North America’s greenhouse gas emissions, and they are one of the few sectors where it’s possible to get quick reductions of those GHGs in a cost-effective, economically viable way. This is a message that was emphasized by a report released by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) the week of Globe 2008. The proof of what can be achieved through truly intelligent design was demonstrated in presentations by a number of Canadian architects at the conference in Vancouver.

Full story: Green building…


Fed invests in solar power project for Kelowna

The Government of Canada is investing $500,000 in an outdoor lighting project in Kelowna, B.C. Speaking at the GLOBE 2008 conference, Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn was joined by Sharon Shepherd, Mayor of Kelowna, and Philippe Favreau, Chief Operating Officer of Carmanah Technologies for the announcement.

Full story: Solar power

Field test of emissions reduction technology announced

Officials from the Government of Canada, EnCana Corporation an Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) were at Globe 2008 to announce they are committing $5.5 million in financing to a NxtGen Emission Controls project which will demonstrate an innovative diesel emission reduction system.

Full story: Emissions tech

Iogen ethanol production facility takes major step forward

Iogen Corporation’s application for funding Canada’s first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol production facility progressed to the due diligence phase in March. Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird was on hand at Globe 2008 to make the announcement.

Full story: Iogen


Shifting into the Mainstream — Canada Green Building Council’s first National Summit
June 11-12, 2008
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Shifting into the Mainstream is where building industry decision makers will learn about how LEED Canada is evolving from one-time certification to a life-cycle building performance management system for any type of building, new and existing.

LEED Canada for Existing Buildings will be launched in 2009 and offer online assessment, action planning and performance verification as well as a certification process that is fast, economical and easy to access. This further development of LEED in Canada will allow for the massive scaling up necessary to meet the CaGBC goal of 100,000 buildings and 1 million homes certified by 2015, with 50 per cent reduction in energy and water use, and 50 Megatonnes of GHG emission reductions.

The summit program will deliver all you need to know to appreciate and prepare for the opportunities and challenges ahead, as LEED engages all building sectors, and enables comprehensive, widespread improvements in energy and environmental performance.

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Fluke 9640A-LPN Reference Source
Fluke Electronics Canada announces the new Fluke 9640A-LPN (low phase noise) RF Reference Source, a higher-performance synthesizer designed to simplify RF calibration and improve calibration lab productivity for even more demanding workload coverage.
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Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition
Infor recently announced Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition, an enterprise software solution that allows organizations to integrate energy consumption and emissions management into their asset management practices. Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition enables organizations to substantially reduce energy costs, while minimizing carbon emissions and the impact of their operations on the environment.
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UE Systems new Ultraprobe 3,000
The Ultraprobe 3,000 ultrasonic detection system is a versatile inspection instrument for cutting energy waste and improving uptime while saving money, and improving the environment.
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