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Energy Efficiency Program to be Featured at EHS&S Roundtable

Posted: 04/03/12 at 3:48 PM

By Kathey Ferland, Project Manager, Texas Industries of the Future -

Kathey Ferland, Project Manager, Texas Industries of the FutureChemical companies throughout the world are making tremendous strides to be good stewards of the environment and ensure their future viability. One way to help these companies achieve their goals is through sharing best practices.

Since ChemStewards® is based on performance improvement, next week I will be addressing SOCMA’s EHS&S Roundtable in Houston to discuss Superior Energy Performance (SEP), a national energy-efficiency site-based certification program that falls in line with the standards ChemStewards advocates.

Five years ago, members of the Texas Industries of the Future Chemical and Refining Sectors advisory committee said they wanted a certification program to determine a site’s energy performance, similar to the very successful OSHA Voluntary Protection Protection Star program. They wanted a program based on having a management system in place, backed up by demonstrated energy savings. This coincided with a growing domestic and international interest in developing an energy management standard. Thus, SEP was born. 

Five plants in Texas participated in the program pilot and became certified in 2010. They demonstrated savings from 6 to 17 percent over a two to three-year period. And they achieved this despite some very tough economic times in the manufacturing sector.

SEP certification is based on a site demonstrating the following:
  • conformance with ISO 50001, the new international management standard for energy, and
  • achievement of a minimum performance improvement threshold of 5 percent over the previous three-year period.
Conformance with ISO 50001 and the energy performance improvement are verified by a third-party audit. Sites also have the option to self-declare, in which case they follow the SEP protocols and conduct the audit themselves.

The program is being demonstrated at more than 25 plants throughout the U.S. at this time, including at SOCMA member Dixie Chemical’s site in Texas. Other chemical companies that have participated in the program include DOW Chemical, Texas City Operations and CCP, Houston site.

To learn more about the SEP program and EHS&S best practices, make plans to attend the Houston Roundtable, hosted by Dixie Chemical, on April 11.

Other 2012 EHS&S Regional Roundtables are being held in Greenville, SC, Princeton, NJ, and Cleveland, OH. Click here for more information.
  • Ferland initiated the Texas Industries of the Future (IOF) program in the fall of 2000 at The University of Texas at Austin in the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. She is responsible for all aspects of the Texas IOF program. Currently, Ferland is working with Department of Energy and the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing on the development of the Superior Energy Performance.  

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