The Riverville Mill team won the 2013 Michael J. Gasser Global Sustainability Award for their energy reduction project that began approximately five years ago. The team succeeded in reducing Riverville Mill’s energy consumption by more than 7% while increasing throughput by almost 5% compared to FY2008. They accomplished this through continuous improvement projects to modify operating strategies through process optimization and employee education and engagement; through a series of capital investments to utilize technology to improve controls; and through the involvement of all employees.
In addition to reducing the plant’s specific energy consumption and cost, the team’s work has also directly resulted in a reduction in carbon emissions through their efforts to reducing reliance on fossil fuel. The team has applied technologies including Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) in 40 applications since 2009 and seven in 2013 that were identified by internal auditing to be candidates for significant energy reduction.
The team’s work has reduced site energy consumption by 300 million kWh/year since 2009.