October 18-25, 2004

CIPEC industry groups report 25-megatonne GHG reduction from 1990-2002

Canadian industry improved its energy efficiency by 8.1% between 1990 and 2002, cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25.2 megatonnes during that period. In 2002 alone, members of the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) saved $3.4 billion in energy costs through better energy management, while contributing almost $286 billion to the Canadian economy and accounting for 29% of the total Canadian Gross Domestic Product.

These and other results are summarized in the 2002-2003 Annual Report of the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation, formally released at the second conference of the Environmental Management Resources Centre for Business (EMRCB), held recently in London, Ont.

"CIPEC's role is to make energy efficiency more accessible for Canada's industrial companies, and these latest results illustrate the industry-government partnership's effectiveness at promoting better energy management practices," said Doug Speers, president and CEO of Emco and head of CIPEC's executive board. "These results are only the beginning. With the right signals and support from government, I am convinced we could double these savings over the next three years."

CIPEC further reported that its member companies in the mining, manufacturing and construction sectors improved their energy intensity by an average of 1.9% per year, well above the average of 0.7% per year for CIPEC members overall. This surpassed the voluntary commitment made in 2000 by these sector members to achieve an average energy intensity improvement of 1% per year for the years 1990-2005. Moreover, their success was enhanced further by a 1.3% average annual improvement in energy efficiency, adds the report.

CIPEC's new Energy Managers Network has made substantial gains since its establishment: membership now stands at 100, with a dedicated Web site set up to facilitate communication (www.oee.nrcan/gc/ca/cipec/ieep/emn).

Also increasing, says the report, is the number of Industrial Energy Innovators, with 137 companies having signed on as new participants as of March 31, 2004. This has surpassed the recruitment target and brings the total number of Innovator companies to 519. Only 75 Industrial Energy Innovator reports have been filed, however, short of the goal of 140. CIPEC notes that many companies are reluctant to report publicly on their energy efficiency progress, for regulatory and business reasons.

Included in the report are sector reports for 24 industry groups, along with a dozen individual success stories from companies such as Unilever Canada, Stora Enso North America, Honda of Canada, Falconbridge, Dofasco and ConcoPhillips Canada.

CIPEC - a voluntary partnership between industry and the federal government and to improve Canada's industrial efficiency - has been industry's first point of contact for ideas and innovation since 1975. Originally created in response to the energy crisis of the early 1970s, CIPEC has become even more relevant as the link between energy conservation and environmental quality has become clearer.

Committed to promoting and encouraging energy-efficient practices, CIPEC offers an array of cost-cutting tools and services to all facets of Canadian industry. Its network includes 47 trade associations representing more than 5,000 companies and approximately 98% of secondary industrial energy demand in Canada.

The newest of these associations is the Canadian Association of Metal Finishers (CAMF), which became the 47th association to join CIPEC during the National Metal Finishing Conference, which was held in conjunction with the EMRCB event. A letter of co-operation was signed by CAMF chair Paul Kuntz and CIPEC executive board member Brenda MacDonald, president of Coyle & Greer Awards Canada.

CAMF's membership signals its increased commitment to promoting profitability through energy efficiency. As an association member, the group gains access to support, expertise and all CIPEC products and services, such as training, sector studies, financing and technology development. CIPEC will also help publicize the association's successes.

In return, CAMF will promote participation in the Industrial Energy Innovators program, provide reports and studies in tracking the sector's progress, distribute CIPEC material to its members and seek out opportunities for the promotion of energy efficiency. The association is also laying the groundwork for a new benchmarking report on the state of energy efficiency within the industry, which it hopes to have ready to present at next year's National Metal Finishing Conference.

The Environmental Management Resources Centre for Business (EMRCB) is a not-for-profit environmental organization which acts as a key facilitator for information exchange between government regulators and the private sector by providing environmental programs, training and resource information and support to industrial operations.

The CIPEC Annual Report 2002-2003 may be viewed on-line at www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/cipec/ieep/newscentre (click on "Guides and Publications").

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