By Nick Gilbert
St Marys Cement announced that it has received the first International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) ISO 50001 certification of North America for its Bowmanville plant.
International Certification Services’ (ICS) CEO, Michael Delisle awarded the certification to Erik Madsen, the Chief Executive Officer of St Marys Cement, Votorantim Cimentos North America during a ceremony. St Marys Cement was officially registered as North America’s first ISO 50001 recipient on 15 November, 2011.
Madsen noted that the company had discovered the advantages and adopted the certification process quite early. The cement facilities and the ISO 50001 program fit logically. The company’s Bowmanville facility has a capacity of more than 1.8 MMT of product, operates round the clock, and uses energy in considerable amounts.
ICS’ Mr. Delisle stated that the achievement of ISO 50001 certification demonstrates a company’s commitment to alter and understand energy usage. This certification communicates to suppliers, regulators and customers in a reliable way and shows how St Marys’ Bowmanville facility is making efforts to minimize the release of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
St Marys Cement’s Operations Manager, Fabio Garcia stated that the company’s success is attributed to the conscious efforts made by the management to reduce the plant's power consumption. The group reacted to the demands through practical ways.
Currently, every segment of the facility is monitored for energy consumption. Energy-intensive methods like conveying, grinding and milling have been shifted to off-peak hours. Process implementation has reduced the consumption of electricity by more than 10.3 million kWh.