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Bowmanville, Ontario, Oct. 27, 2009: St Marys Cement in Bowmanville is the first North American industrial organization to receive its Certification in Energy Excellence (CEE). St. Marys received a silver level certificate after completing an in-depth, twelve month, third-party energy assessment. The presentation was made by David Arkell, President of 360 Energy, and Ottawa Orleans MPP Phil McNeely. Mr. McNeely is Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Energy & Infrastructure (PA to MEI).
"The Certification in Energy Excellence program was born out of the need for organizations to verify their energy and environmental leadership,” remarked Arkell, who oversees the CEE process. “It is not only St. Marys' progress and leadership in energy use reduction that is recognized by certification, but also the company’s adoption of strategic goals and initiatives that ensure these reductions continue into the future."
Fabio Garcia, Bowmanville Plant Manager, stated during the ceremony, "Completing the Certification Program is not about filling in forms. It’s about demonstrating real results and measurable performance improvements. It's a valuable approach not only for companies in an industrial sector like ours and any organization that aspires to long-term sustainability while maximizing cost control. By engaging in the CEE Program, St. Mary's Cement was able to save $550,000 annually.”
Mr. Garcia concluded by thanking the representatives of 360 Energy, Mayor Abernethy of Clarington, MPP Phil McNeely and the plant staff for the support they have shown.
The CEE program assesses, mentors, and recognizes an organization’s energy management efforts and plans for the future. Organizations often believe they’re doing all they can in energy management, and are often surprised by the tremendous room for improvement. Independent energy assessors conduct an in-depth assessment of the organization’s energy performance over the past 3 years. An energy baseline is established, and a trend of improvement demonstrated. Data is verified by the UK based, National Energy Foundation (NEF) which provides an independent, 3rd party evaluation based on rigorous international standards.
MPP McNeely was highly impressed, commenting: “St Marys has demonstrated a commitment to the wise use of energy by securing CEE certification. As an engineer, I appreciate the importance of the CEE program’s energy management criteria, and its requirement of progressive improvements in standards to ensure further progress.”
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