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Burlington ON, May 15, 2008: Energy conservation has increasingly become a key focus for industry in B.C. With financial assistance from B.C. Hydro, a continued concern for the environment and a strong focus on reducing energy costs and consumption, Catalyst Paper at Elk Falls is taking steps in developing a sustainable energy plan and an effective energy management strategy.
Facilitated by 360 Energy, participants will undertake a process of completing a Sustainable Energy Plan. The participants are exposed to over 50 world-class energy management best practices and complete their own energy performance scorecard. The results identified lead to actions that can be taken to improve energy efficiency and cost avoidance activities.
Brian Johnston, Vice President of Operations for Catalyst says “Engaging our employees with discussion around energy conservation and cost reduction is a great tool to bring awareness to the topic and how each individual has a role to play in the day-to-day operations of our company.”
“Industries across the country are beginning to see there are options for them in how they use and manage energy. Sustainable energy planning is a great starting point for all organizations, being able to prioritize energy ideas and actions that will be taken, and enlisting help from others for implementation. It creates a real team environment and Catalyst is demonstrating their effectiveness at being a leader in their industry and community,” says David Arkell, President of 360 Energy Inc.
In their quest to develop a sustainable energy plan, Catalyst has set a goal to achieve an industry-leading labour cost benchmark of $80 per tonne.
Catalyst Paper’s Crofton site conducted an on-site Sustainable Energy Planning workshop with 360 Energy last year. At the end of 2007 they were given the Corporate Stewardship Award from CIPEC in recognition of their exceptional Power Watchers energy plan, which has demonstrated both energy and bottom line savings.