Aggressive Tube Bending reduces carbon footprint by 25%

Project Type

Climate Smart Certification

Location

Surrey, BC, Canada

Actions Implemented

  • Air compressor replacement
  • Insulation upgrade
  • Lighting retrofit
  • Expanded recycling program
  • Anti-idling policy

65%

tonnes CO2e emissions reduced

109,500+

kWh saved

$8,900+

saved annually

The Big Picture


Climate Smart Service

Climate Smart Certification, 2010 — 2015


Industry

Manufacturing (Machinery, Goods, Furniture, Misc)


Location

Surrey, BC, Canada

The Challenge

At a time when it was undergoing extensive renovations, Aggressive Tube Bending worked with Climate Smart to measure it’s baseline emissions for the 2010/11 fiscal year, providing the company an additional lens - energy efficiency and carbon reduction - through which to evaluate renovations options.

The Results

By replacing their two aging compressors with the high-efficiency model, and lowering the pressure of the compressor by 20 pounds-per-square-inch (psi)—which provides ~1% electricity savings per 1 psi lowered—Aggressive Tube is projected to save $7,700 annually and 109,500 kWh. After BC Hydro provided an incentive of $15,300, the projected payback on this $27,800 investment was lowered to 1.6 years.

Further Highlights:

  • Emissions from CO2e released from welding gasses reduced by 20.22 tonnes of CO2e, a 32% reduction.
  • Emissions from heat reduced by 9 tonnes of CO2e, a 33% reduction. This translated into cost savings of $1,200 and was a result of using individual space heaters and keeping bay doors shut whenever possible.
  • Emissions from garbage reduced by 4 tonnes of CO2e, a 27% reduction, as the company made efforts to segregate cardboard and wood from regular garbage, to reduce as much packaging materials as possible, and expand their recycling program.
  • Expanded recycling program

"At a time when it was undergoing extensive renovations, Aggressive Tube Bending worked with Climate Smart to measure it’s baseline emissions for the 2010/11 fiscal year, providing the company an additional lens - energy efficiency and carbon reduction - through which to evaluate renovations options."

Staff - Aggressive Tube Bending

How they did it

  • The replacement of two aging air compressors integral to its operations with newer, considerably more efficient models.
  • Improving insulation in its new facilities
  • Introducing anti-idling practices for vehicles and heavy equipment
  • Retrofitting lighting for maximum efficiency
  • Introducing individual space heaters
  • Keeping garage bay doors shut
  • Increasing recycling efforts to segregate cardboard and wood from waste to landfill
  • Eliminating unnecessary paper use

What's next for Aggressive Tube Bending

By participating in Climate Smart, Aggressive Tube Bending identified its major GHG emissions sources, and took meaningful, targeted actions to address its carbon footprint—and save money along the way. After BC Hydro provided an incentive of $15,300, the projected payback on this $27,800 investment was lowered to 1.6 years.

Next Up:

  • Continued annual cost savings
  • Continued annual emission reductions

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