Doing an Energy Treasure Hunt? Compressed Air and CAC System Approach Can be a Gold Mine!



An Energy Treasure Hunt or Energy Kaizen is a two- to three-day event concentrated on energy efficiency/savings that engages employees in identifying low-cost energy savings opportunities from behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions. For these events, Compressed air systems offer a lot of opportunity provided you know what to look for. The key to increasing compressed air efficiency and reducing costs is to apply best practices by using the Compressed Air Challenge’s Systems Approach. Too often compressed air is looked at from the compressor or supply side of the system. This limits the opportunities for improvement because the end usage or demand drives the supply, it must be the focus of attention. Concentrating on proper application, operation, maintenance and behavior will insure the highest operating efficiency, improve energy usage, reduce production losses, and lower cost. This paper will outline several areas of opportunity that should be explored when doing an Energy Treasure Hunt or any other activity looking to improve energy and compressed air system efficiency.


Joseph Ghislain, CEM, CSDP, CP EnMS,  EPI ISO 50001 LA, CCAS

Instructor/Board Member & Principal/Owner

Compressed Air Challenge & Ghislain Operational Efficiency

Joe has over 40 years’ experience in Energy, Powerhouse Operations, Compressed Air Systems, Maintenance and Operational Efficiency Improvements. He currently leads GOE, a “Lean, Green, Efficient” consulting company dedicated to helping organizations make their operations more efficient and save money by implementing Energy Management (i.e. SEM, ISO 50001, DOE 50001 Ready), Energy Efficiency actions (i.e. energy system/ compressed air system improvements.)  and Lean Manufacturing.

Prior to this, Joe was a Senior Manager and 6-Sigma Black Belt at Ford Motor Company. During this 31+ years at Ford, he held 11 different management positions at 12 plants/locations, giving him extensive experience in industrial and facility O&M and Efficiency Improvements in all areas including; Energy/Energy Management, Environmental, Business Strategy, ISO, Lean Manufacturing, Production, Facilities, Powerhouse, and Energy Systems i.e. Compressed Air. In his last position as the N.A. Regional Manager- Lean Supplier Optimization, he led Ford Motor Company's efforts in Lean Manufacturing and operational efficiency improvements for their North American Suppliers.

In the energy field, he has held positions as a Licensed Stationary Engineer in a hospital, Power House Chief Engineer, Corporate Energy Engineer, Manufacturing Planning Manager & most notably, Global Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs where he was responsible for developing and implementing energy management programs to reduce energy cost and usage for all of Ford’s plants and facilities.

Joe degrees include a B.S. E.E.T. and a Master’s in Business Management and Energy.  His credentials include: Certified Energy Manager, Certified Practitioner Energy Management Systems – Industrial, ISO 50001 Lead Auditor, SEP Performance Verifier, CAGI Certified Compressed Air System Specialist, Certified Sustainable Development Professional and Registered Environmental Manager. He is also a qualified as a Compressed Air Challenge Fundamentals and Advanced instructor, ISO 50001/ DOE Superior Energy Performance instructor and Better Buildings Better Plant ISO 50001 Ready instructor.

Joe has always been passionate about energy and serves or has served on several energy related boards and committees including Compressed Air Challenge Board of Directors, Chair of the Project Development Committee and Chair of the Strategic Partnership Committee, IEnMP Board of Director and CPEnMS & SEP PV Scheme Committee, ISO 50001 US Technical Advisory Group, US Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing (formerly, DOE/EPA Superior Energy Performance), ANSI-GTEEMC Consensus Board, and ASME Industrial Energy Systems Assessment Steering and EA-4 Committees.