360 Energy’s signature Certification of Energy Excellence (CEE) works to create leaders in energy management. To achieve certification, an organization must demonstrate a proactive approach and verified results in reducing both energy costs and energy use. They must have processes in place to ensure continual improvement in energy management.
St. Marys Cement (Bowmanville) has been following the CEE process with 360 Energy since 2006. As a result, when the International Standards Organization released its ISO 50001 Energy Management standard in 2011, St. Marys was positioned to easily become the first ISO 50001 certified organization in North America. This ISO standard
specifies requirements to establish a systematic approach to improving energy efficiency, energy security, and energy consumption. These requirements are a subset of the 360 Energy CEE program. The CEE and the ISO standard have the added benefit of communicating to customers, regulators and suppliers how the certified organization is reducing overall energy use and GHG emissions.
St. Marys has saved approximately $1M per year as a result of their CEE approach which incorporates action on over 100 separate energy efficiency initiatives. Fabio Garcia, the Manager of Plant Operations at the time, stated “employee awareness of the energy costs for various operations and procedures and training staff, paid huge dividends at a cement plant where significant amounts of energy consumption are fairly normal for the sector.
“It takes a very strong commitment from everyone working at the organization, day in and day out, and this is why St. Marys has qualified as being the first to receive this ISO recognition” says Garcia.