Energy

The pursuit of energy efficiency helps us support our corporate strategy of operational optimization by generating cost savings from decreased energy consumption.

We continue to make progress in reducing the energy required to manufacture our products. We have set a goal to reduce our energy intensity (the amount of energy needed to make a unit of product) by 10% by 2025 from our base year of 2005.

Energy chart. Progress against goal: 34%. Energy Use (MMGJ) - 2017, 131.1; 2016, 126.1; 2015, 123.9. Energy Intensity (GJ/MT production) - 2017, 62.9; 2016, 62.9; 2015, 62.6.

We are constantly looking for opportunities to introduce energy savings at our facilities including capturing waste heat for production of electricity or producing steam to offset our demands. We deploy state-of-the-art variable speed drives that have reduced our energy demand.

In 2017, our overall production increased, which also led to an increase in absolute energy consumption. However, the intensity of energy per metric ton (MT) of production remained relatively stable for the past three years. We realize that to get closer to our 2025 goal, we will need to continue driving energy efficiency forward more aggressively in coming years.

Energy Sources (infographic). Steam - 0.1%, 0.1 MMGJ. Liquid Fuels - 0.1%, 0.1 MMGJ. Purchased Electricity - 2.0%, 2.8 MMGJ. Natural Gas - 3.0%, 4.2 MMGJ. Raw Materials - 94.9%, 131.9 MMGJ. Total 139.1 MMGJ.