Through my continuous networking, I am privileged to meet people dealing with energy efficiency. With this post I am starting a series titled Learning from the Big. Though we target mid-sized companies, experience from market leaders can help us and our clients.
My first source of conservation experience – Atlantic Packaging – provides a total packaging solution for any need. Atlantic strives to be a sustainable company. Below is a shortened interview with the energy manager.
What is the share and volume of your utility costs?
We pay approximately $30 million annually in electrical, natural gas, and water consumption charges. Paper mills are a very energy-intensive production: utilities constitute 30-35% of direct costs.
What are your conservation goals?
Our corporate energy policy aims to reach the U.S. Department of Energy target of 2% for annual reduction in energy consumption, as well as our industry peer group TAPPI standards for recycled mills, which is to reduce our energy intensity (GJ/MT produced) and greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years by 3%.
How does Atlantic Packaging make decisions to fund energy efficiency projects?
Efficiency projects have to compete for funding on the same basis as other projects seeking capital funding. This is a tough competition, since efficiency projects are commonly smaller than those related to production or even maintenance.