June 8, 2012, Bowmanville,
ON – Politicians and community leaders were on hand to celebrate St Marys
Cement Inc. – Bowmanville Plant having received North America's first
International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) ISO 50001 certification.
The ISO 50001 standard is a framework for industrial facilities seeking to
manage their energy use.
Erik Madsen, CEO of St Marys Cement Inc.
– Votorantim Cimentos North America, accepted the Certificate at a
ceremony on location at St Marys Cement Inc.– Bowmanville Plant. The
award presentation was made by Michael Delisle, CEO of International Certification
Services Inc. (ICS). St Marys was officially registered as the first North
American recipient of ISO 50001 on November 15, 2011. The ceremony was
the official recognition of this status.
Upon receiving the Certificate, CEO Madsen
observed, "St Marys identified the benefits and embraced the certification
process early. The ISO 50001 program and cement plants are a logical
fit. Our Bowmanville plant has a rated capacity of over 1.8 million
metric tonnes of product, operates 24/7 and consumes significant amounts of
energy. Managing these energy costs is a no-brainer – it is good for
the environment and our bottom line."
Mr. Delisle of ICS, who oversaw the
certification process, observed, "Achieving ISO 50001 certification shows
a commitment to better understanding and modifying energy consumption and use.
It has the added benefit of communicating to customers, regulators and
suppliers in a reliable and transparent manner how St Marys Cement Inc. – Bowmanville
Plant is reducing its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions."
Clarington Mayor, Adrian Foster, stated,
"The initiative to embrace this type of program is part of what makes St
Marys a valued member of our community. Not only is it a large employer in the
region, but it is a continent-wide leader for manufacturers, demonstrating a
strong commitment to sustainability and energy conservation in a very
competitive economic environment."
Fabio Garcia, Operations Manager at St Marys
Cement Inc. – Bowmanville Plant, told ceremony attendees, "Receiving this
prestigious certification was not something that happened overnight. The
origins of this certification can be traced back to 2005 when we were given the
green light by senior management to move forward with an integrated strategy to
reduce the plant's energy consumption. This quickly became an initiative
supported, and made possible, by all of our employees."
Mr. Garcia went on say, "The most
important milestones on the journey toward ISO 50001 certification was
establishing our E=MC2 internal management and conservation committee. This
cross-functional team, with representatives from Finance, Human Resources,
Environment, Quality Control, Maintenance, Mining and Production departments,
identified and acted upon over 100 separate energy efficiency
Since 2005, implementing processes to achieve
ISO 50001, electricity consumption has been cut by over 10.3 million kilowatt
hours (approximately the same amount of energy used by 880 Canadian homes in
CEO Madsen concluded, "The commitment
to energy conservation, and the continual desire to improve processes by the
entire staff at our Bowmanville plant, is the reason this is the first
North American site to receive ISO 50001 certification. The energy conservation
elements of ISO 50001 certification means we are on track for over $1 million
dollars in savings in 2012 alone. I want to thank each and every one of
our employees, who helped to make this possible."