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On January 10 and 11, KPPC sustainability engineers conducted customized, on-site training for the Sypris Technologies Broadway Plant. KPPC has been working with the Louisville manufacturing facility since May 2010, under funding from U.S. DOE and the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, providing utility bill and tariff analyses, access to technical training and environmental sustainability assessments. The company is making great strides in pursuing energy management and recently formed a team of employees to address these opportunities.
To help the company kick off its environmental sustainability initiative, KPPC provided on-site training to help the team understand the seven steps of effective energy management, as outlined in the U.S. EPA's Energy Star program. The session included a walk-through of baseline energy information, identification of energy opportunities at the facility, brainstorming and prioritizing actions, and suggestions for evaluating and communicating progress. One session participant said, "Overall it was a very good event. Presenters were outstanding in knowledge and presenting skill. It opened my eyes to many new sources of information."
At the conclusion of the training, KPPC presented Sypris with an award (Level 1) for signing the Kentucky Save Energy Now (KY SEN) pledge. The company joins 24 other industrial and commercial facilities across Kentucky that have signed the KY SEN pledge, which includes a provision to reduce energy use by at least 2.5 percent/year for 10 years.
“Sypris Technologies is pleased to partner with KPPC to build a self-sustaining energy-savings program, and looks forward to meeting its goals to reduce energy consumption over the next decade,” commented Joe Masching, Plant Manager. “We expect the outcome to not only have a positive impact on immediate stakeholders, but on the community as well.”
Sypris Technologies is a premier manufacturer and supplier of drive train and other critical components for the commercial vehicle, automotive, recreational vehicle, mining, agriculture and energy markets. Sypris is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. With facilities located throughout North America, Sypris continues to meet the needs of the industry after more than 90 years of service.
Administered by KPPC, the Kentucky Save Energy Now (KY SEN) initiative helps energy-intensive industrial and commercial facilities build self-sustaining energy-savings programs.
For the life of this initiative, which began in 2010, KPPC projected an annual energy savings 200,000 MMBtu/year. To date, KPPC has surpassed this goal with an attributed annual savings of 250,000 MMBtu/year. These savings are calculated on KY SEN energy audits of approximately six million square feet of industrial and commercial space across the Commonwealth.
As participating companies further implement energy-savings programs, and additional companies join KY SEN, the energy savings for Kentucky will continue to grow.
This month, KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf was among a select group of leaders from state pollution prevention (P2) programs invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in U.S. EPA's ongoing dialogue with states. In this third round of discussions, the group continued to focus on strengthening the national response to prevent pollution and areas for enhanced collaboration on similar state and federal P2 programs.
Tanya Mottley, director of EPA’s P2 Division (PPD), framed the dialogue and discussed current projects that PPD is working on, including:
Ms. Mottley outlined a few emerging P2 opportunities that EPA is considering, including a stronger integration of P2 and regulated chemicals, and a strategic response to the National Academy of Sciences Report released in September 2011, “The Green Book: Sustainability and the U.S. EPA.” The report makes 29 recommendations with a series of actions for the EPA to take, including formally adopting the sustainability paradigm and a widely used “three pillars” approach considering environmental, social and economic impacts of an action or decision.
The state P2 representatives that attended the dialogue discussed their P2 goals and the new challenge for P2 programs, which is to remain relevant with the changing pressures on businesses and industries. Expanding environmental strategies to new technologies, methods and programs is essential to reducing energy use or eliminating waste at the source and requires new skills for service providers. It was noted that rising energy costs are a big driver for clients seeking help from state P2 programs. Also, new sustainable design of products and green chemistry for reducing toxic chemicals in manufacturing processes are emerging as areas with new regulatory drivers that clients are seeking help from P2 technical assistance providers to address.
Transferring this knowledge to agencies, businesses and the surrounding communities is crucial to ensure success. Promoting environmental management plans and systems to help clients identify and implement environmental and energy improvement projects is also critical to continued success of state P2 programs. The P2 provider's role is to move businesses from “random acts of excellence” to continual improvement through sustainable programs implemented by cross-functional teams in facilities. KPPC's structured approach to environmental management programs does just that, and the Center will continue to help Kentucky industries develop and implement these programs.