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According to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), now is no time to shirk the province's commitment to managing climate change goals. And the reductions met by the province must be understood as permanent or transitory (based on economic conditions).
Overcoming regulatory barriers for your clean energy project. Many of the world’s best brains are focused on reducing fossil fuel use to mitigate climate change. Strangely, little attention is paid to the source of the greatest inefficiency — the generation of heat and power, which accounts for 69 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. Capturing and recycling the currently wasted energy could displace nearly 30 per cent of U.S. fossil-fueled generation, slash U.S. CO2 by 20 per cent, and save $150 to $250 billion per year.
Autodesk, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced the results of the 2008 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures how AIA members are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions about the green building movement. This year’s index shows an increase in the implementation of sustainable design practices from architects and building owners. In addition, it shows that architects’ clients have experienced a doubling in the market demand for green buildings over the past year as well as positive shifts in architects’ attitudes toward their ability to impact climate change.
Metropolitan Towers at 930 Seymour in Vancouver is the first multi-unit residential building to receive the BOMA BESt Level I certification in the Lower Mainland by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada.
The Canadian Bioenergy Association's (CANBIO’s) Annual Conference and Trade Show, which wrapped up in Ottawa recently, testified to rapid industry momentum in 2008.
Nexterra Energy Corp. announced on November 19th that its technology has been selected by Kruger Products Ltd. to supply a biomass gasification system for its tissue mill in New Westminster, B.C. The new system will be the first of its kind in the pulp and paper industry, and is another indication of how Canadian-developed clean technology has an important role to play in improving energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in a changing marketplace.
Delegates at ENEX08 suggest manufacturers have a long way to go to become efficiency champions Energy efficiency is a term that is thrown around so much these days, one would think that every business was fully engaged in making it a reality in their facilities. But judging from statements by some attendees at Energy Excellence 2008 (ENEX08), and the presentations of a number of consultants at the same conference, there is a lot more talk than action on the issue.
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has become a business necessity for Canadian companies of all sizes. The success of Canadian organizations whose business decisions and operations affect, and are affected by climate change will depend on their proactive efforts in improving their carbon performance and achieving carbon neutrality. For this reason, the Canadian Standards Association has launched the GHG CleanStart Registry – to help businesses of all sizes with the process of improving their carbon performance and working towards carbon neutrality.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Honeywell recently launched a $28-million energy and facility renewal program that will help the hospital address rising utility costs and increased energy demand while reducing its environmental footprint. The program is expected to save Sunnybrook $2.7 million annually.
Energy Excellence 2008 (ENEX08) was launched this year by CLB Media (publisher of Energy Management and Green Business) and its project partners the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium to offer commercial and industrial facility managers, maintenance managers and engineers a two-day event in which to learn more about how best to manage their energy use.
Schneider Electric announced recently the acquisition of Xantrex, a top three global player in the solar and wind inverter market. With this acquisition, Schneider Electric reinforces its growing position in solutions for renewable energies to better meet market demands and customers’ needs in energy efficiency. Schneider Electric expects to realize significant synergies, leveraging both companies’ strengths with Xantrex’s leading technology, products, market knowledge and distribution channels combined with its own global sales, service, supply chain and solutions capabilities. Xantrex was to be consolidated in Schneider Electric’s accounts as of October 1, 2008. For more information visit www.schneider-electric.com.
Stageline Group, a leader in the design, manufacture and rental of mobile stages, recently inaugurated Quebec’s most energy-efficient industrial building, the second-highest-performing facility of its kind in Canada. David Whissell, Quebec Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region, Marc Dutil, president and chief operating officer of Canam Group, and Pierre Arcand, president of MuroxEnergy, attended the event.
Partners in Project Green (PPG): A Pearson Eco-Business Zone officially launched in early October with the unveiling of a highly anticipated green strategy that will transform the 12,000 hectares of industrial and commercial land surrounding Toronto Pearson International Airport into North America’s largest eco-business zone. The initiative is the culmination of over a decade of partnership between Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and will deliver programming to help businesses reduce resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner.
The greatest untapped resource that an energy manager has at his disposal is the company’s own employees. Andrew Carnegie, the great industrialist and philanthropist once said: ”Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision… It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Economic and market indicators suggest that many types of U.S. manufacturing are poised for a new period of major capacity investments as existing capacity approaches full use. At the same time, global trends are encouraging a shift to domestic production for domestic consumption. A new report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Trends in Industrial Investment Decision Making, suggests that these pending investments represent a shift in the U.S. — an opportunity to make significant energy efficiency investments.
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