Industrial Utility Efficiency

# Sustainability Projects

KPPC has helped more than 800 businesses and organizations in the state discover sustainable opportunities, improve their environmental performance and lower operating costs. And the list of companies KPPC has guided along the way continues to grow – as do the advantages of improved sustainability.

## Winpak Reduces Demand by 33% and Switches to Oil-Free Air Compressors

By making changes primarily focused on compressed air uses, Winpak, an international plastics products manufacturer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, increased compressed air production capacity and reduced annual energy consumption by 33%. These benefits have been accomplished while the company was making the switch to lubricant-free compressed air to support product quality goals. This article discusses some of these changes and addresses measures that could be implemented in any compressed air system.

## Stanley Black & Decker Plant in Tennessee: A Beacon of Sustainability

New Britain, Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker has gained widespread recognition for its commitment to social responsibility and sustainability – and with good reason: The company has reduced CO2 emissions in 2018 by 8,840 metric tons and in 2019 it was on track to further reduce greenhouse CO2 emissions by another 4,000 metric tons.

## Culture Building with ENERGY STAR® Energy Treasure Hunts

There are many reasons why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Energy Treasure Hunts have proven successful in helping companies save energy and natural resources, but one that rises to the top is their ability to build a culture of energy efficiency throughout an organization.

## Everyone Wins with Tennessee Tech University Industrial Assessment Center Program

Launched in 2006, the TTU-IAC program provides manufacturers in the state with free energy, productivity, and waste assessments – including best practices for compressed air systems, and blowers and vacuum, as well as cooling towers and chillers. The assessments to date have provided manufacturers in the program with \\$27.48 million in recommended cost savings, equaling 3.82 trillion British thermal units of energy savings.

## Reducing the Global Warming Potential of Refrigerated Compressed Air Dryers

Long gone are the days when cost and performance could be the only concern for companies manufacturing refrigerated compressed air dryers using refrigerant compressors. In 2019, accelerated governmental (Europe) regulations and a global concern for sustainability have brought new considerations to the table. What is the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the refrigerants used in dryers and what is their environmental impact?

## International Wire Compressed Air System Upgrade Recovers Heat

While late summer may not be the time of year many of us think about heat recovery, the potential for energy savings in compressed air systems should be on our minds year-round. For those involved with the compressed air systems within International Wire Group’s facilities, energy savings is on their minds each day. This culture of continuous improvement has everyone on the lookout for savings wherever possible.

## Water Conservation

“Our view is always from the perspective of the value chain from the raw materials to the end

## Steam

Properly functioning steam traps open to release condensate and automatically close when steam is

## Lighting

Outdoor area lighting can be defined as streets, roadways, parking lots and pedestrian walkways.

## HVAC Systems

Launched in 2006, the TTU-IAC program provides manufacturers in the state with free energy,

## Cooling Systems

A large manufacturer of consumer glassware products in the North East sought a solution for

## Boilers

KPPC has helped more than 800 businesses and organizations in the state discover sustainable

## Bill Mgmt/Demand Control

By making changes primarily focused on compressed air uses, Winpak, an international plastics