Summit’s Consumption Workshop identifies millions in savings

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Summit Energy “Consumption Workshop” Identifies Areas for Energy Efficiency

A packaging company engaged Summit Energy to evaluate its corporate energy footprint to identify areas for increased energy efficiency. Through conducting a Consumption Workshop, Summit Energy identified energy efficiency projects that reduced the company’s environmental impact while cutting energy costs by $2.4 million, or 12.3% of the total annual energy expenditure.

“Going Green” Includes Reducing Usage and Emissions: Not too long ago, if a company had a “green” program, it consisted mostly of a statement about preserving the environment. Today, competitive companies wanting to attract investors and customers must go further than simply making statements about being “green.” They must have proactive strategies in place that show measurable reductions in their carbon footprint and energy usage. The challenge companies face is in developing an effective energy sustainability strategy that accomplishes their goals.

SITUATION
Summit Energy is a leader in working with companies to develop energy efficiency projects and plans that maximize savings and measure success. Through Summit’s Consumption Workshop, companies can better understand energy usage and costs, identify cost reduction opportunities, and implement programs across multiple facilities. To drive the creation of an energy sustainability strategy for a client in the packaging industry, Summit recommended its Consumption Workshop. The proprietary workshop process would provide the packaging company insight into its energy usage and lead to “best energy practices” across all manufacturing sites. Summit chose seven of the client’s facilities with a total annual energy spend of $19 million to participate in the Consumption Workshop. Representatives from each of the seven facilities attended the workshop, which was conducted at one of the company’s sites.

LEADERSHIP
During the workshop, the participants followed Summit’s well-honed process to determine how the company used energy and where it could create operational efficiencies. The objective was to identify potential energy-saving projects that had a payback of less than one year. To accomplish this, the workshop attendees learned how to associate energy consumption with equipment use and employee operation schedules. By optimizing these variables, the facility representatives could effectively reduce energy usage, pollution emissions and operational costs.

RESULTS
Under Summit’s leadership, the workshop participants identified several projects the company could employ to reduce energy usage. These projects included opportunities for compressed air usage, demand control, heat recovery, “shut down” solutions, lighting and HVAC. When implemented with additional support from Summit, the proposed ideas provided a $2.4 million return - 12.3% of the company’s total annual energy expenditure.

After seeing the savings identified at the seven participating facilities, the client scheduled additional workshops for 10 more sites. By engaging in Summit’s Consumption Workshops, the client contributed to its sustainability and consumption-reduction goals across the globe.

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