Harnessing the Power of People: Achieving Your Energy Targets through Employee Suggestions

Abstract

What do you do when the fruit from the low-hanging fruit tree has been picked?  You turn to your hands, eyes and ears of energy management, your employees.

In 2013 New Afton Mine became the first mine in North America to achieve ISO 50001 certification.  Since then, the mine has implemented energy performance improvement initiatives in excess of 31 GWh annually, approximately 10% of its annual energy consumption.  With the majority of the big, “easy to do” projects completed, what could be done to further improve energy performance, without major capital costs? With this question in mind, New Afton Mine decided to set a target to achieve 50% of its 2019 energy savings objective through the implementation of employee and contractor suggestions.

This quick-paced presentation of the case study covers:

The reasons behind the initiative,
The process of gathering and analyzing suggestions,
Exercises to generate suggestions,
The employee awareness communications, and
The results thus far.

At the end of the day, it’s people, not systems, who manage energy.

KEYWORDS

Energy, employee awareness, suggestions, energy management, energy efficiency, ISO 50001,

Presented By

Andrew Cooper, P.Eng., B.Comm, C.E.M., C.M.V.P.
Energy Specialist
New Gold Inc., New Afron Mine

★ Innovative leader in industrial energy management.

★ AEE International Energy Manager of the Year.

★ Over 25 years international experience in the mining, steel, chrome and petrochemical industries.

Andrew Cooper is currently the Energy Specialist at New Gold’s New Afton mine in BC, Canada, where he spearheaded the implementation of ISO 50001, the first at a mine in North America.  Energy management practices at New Afton have resulted in significant operational improvements and energy cost savings.  New Afton has received numerous industry awards in recognition of these energy management initiatives.

Andrew’s passion for innovation, minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency has been the driving force behind these successes.  His strong technical and business background, people skills and project management experience has provided the strategic direction required.

As an energetic, entertaining and thought-provoking speaker, who has received many positive reviews, he has been invited to be a Keynote Speaker and Presenter at numerous conferences throughout North America.

He is a Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP). He also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with specialization in Finance & Business Management.  His past experiences have included those of Engineering Manager, Electrical Engineer, Consulting Engineer and Maintenance Planning & Controls Manager.