The Conservation Fund provides financial support for innovative electricity conservation technologies, practices, research, and programs that will help Ontario reach its long-term energy conservation goals.
Banking on energy efficiency as a key to a competitive future in manufacturing
Lincoln Electric produces welding equipment and welding wire in Toronto’s Leaside Business Park
Management consultant Hatch is helping manufacturing plants improve energy efficiency by developing an energy management system
“The way we see it,” says Adel Mir, Director of Engineering Services for Lincoln Electric Company of Canada, “is that manufacturing in Canada is becoming scarce, and companies here must become more competitive against offshore companies with lower wages.” And one of the most effective ways to become more competitive, he believes, is through energy management.
About the Project
Lincoln Electric, which produces welding equipment and welding wire, is currently pursuing formal ISO 50001 certification, an international specification for more efficient use of energy through the development of an energy management system.Hatch supplies a range of management and consulting services to the mining, metallurgical, energy and infrastructure industries. The company applied to the Conservation Fund in 2009 for funding to start a pilot project to help five Ontario manufacturing plants work toward meeting the energy management systems standard.
Hatch worked with volunteer manufacturing plants from five different industries. The plants ranged from 70 to 250 employees with combined annual electricity and natural gas spending anywhere from $1.1 to $5 million.
At the end of the pilot, Hatch calculated improvements (compared to baselines) in electricity use intensity at the five participating plants ranging from 0.8% to 16.5%, or roughly $20,000 to $200,000 per year.