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Focus on Energy Efficiency
At Chicken of the Sea, one of our goals is to tackle energy efficiency within our buildings. By developing a comprehensive, long-term plan focusing on lighting and HVAC systems in our canning facility, our aim is to reduce electricity and natural gas use by 20 percent for each standard case of product packed by 2020 (against our 2012 baseline).
We are on track to meet our electricity goals with an 8.1 percent improvement in electricity per case of packaged product from 2012 to 2015. In 2015, our canning facility completed a LED lighting upgrade project that is expected to reduce our energy savings by more than 1.4 million kWh in the coming years. Additionally, we installed V-BLOX Power Factor Correction devices on our HVAC units in 2015, helping to reduce energy even more.
From 2012 to 2014, our natural gas use increased despite efforts to find production efficiency. We consulted with our parent company, hired an energy specialist and developed an action plan. At the end of the 2015, our natural gas use per case of packaged product was still 5.6 percent higher than our baseline in 2012, but significantly improved.
The LED Lighting Project
In 2015, we replaced 1,777 existing “high-bay”, florescent and incandescent light bulbs and fixtures with 1,474 LED bulbs and fixtures, helping reduce the lighting energy use by approximately 70%. We expect to see annual lighting energy savings of approximately 1,499,900 kWh.
V-BLOX for HVAC Efficiency
In 2015, we installed V-BLOX Power Factor Correction devices on our HVAC units. V-BLOX help optimize power use to HVAC units by automatically monitoring and adapting to changing loads on electric circuits, improving efficiency. We estimate annual savings of 1,126,609 kWh in 2016 from the V-BLOX technology.
Across our operations and our supply chain, we were responsible for the emission of 22,701 metric tons of greenhouse gases - including emissions from our facilities, employee commuting and business travel. While we have the greatest control over our direct operations, we are also broadly considering opportunities for carbon reduction across the supply chain.
Carbon sources we track include:
- Natural Gas
- LPG and Propane
- Refrigerant Gas
- Landfill, Composted and Recycled Waste
- Employee Commuting
- Business Travel