Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Daniel Pelland, Molson Chief Brewing Officer; Paul Green, Director of Sales for Enbridge Gas Distribution; Doug Dittburner Chief Engineer Molson Toronto Brewery; Peter Goldman, Industrial Sales Manager Enbridge; Sam Galik, Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Molson Toronto Brewery; and Ken Robbins, Brewmaster Molson Toronto Brewery.
Most of us get a bill from the gas company, but Molson was recently in the infinitely more enjoyable position of receiving a cheque for $27,940 from Enbridge Gas Distribution in Toronto. Our Chief Brewing Officer, Daniel Pelland along with members of the management team at the Brewery accepted the cheque on Monday April 20 from Enbridge Gas Distribution. (photo)
This special payment was an incentive for recent boiler improvements made at the Toronto brewery – the boilers are the large steel tanks you see thru the brew house windows when driving by the brewery on the 401. The project involved retrofitting the heat exchanger, and as a result of the retrofit, we acquired the capability to preheat water for the boiler from 45³F to 145³F. Basically, it means the boiler now doesn’t have to work as hard, enabling Molson to save substantial amounts of natural gas. Annually, this improvement amounts to savings of 279, 402 m3 of natural gas, which does good for the business and our planet. The natural gas savings means a reduction of 531 000 kg of C02 emissions each year – the equivalent of 2,681 cars off the road. This improvement is part of Molson ongoing Brewery Energy Conservation Program. The incentive payment from Enbridge will be invested in yet more energy-saving projects.
Actually, this is not the first time Molson has received a cheque from the gas company. Enbridge has a very extensive program to encourage consumers like Molson to reduce their energy use. So, Molson has many more diverse projects either in the works or under consideration, including boiler efficiency improvements, installing meters, improving insulation, water reuse, and flash steam recovery.
Thanks to our energy saving efforts, it won’t be long until the gas company will be writing us another cheque!
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
Last week was Energy Conservation Week across the province of Ontario and Peter Love Ontario’s Chief Conservation Officer was a man in high demand! Participation and support towards energy conservation came from every corner of the province. Thousands of Ontarians, from students to business people or politicians, all embraced and participated in activities related to the Energy Conservation Week. We, at Molson, had recently held our own Brewery Energy Conservation Week (Week of April 28) and Peter took time from his busy schedule to stop by and visit us at the Toronto brewery. The Chief Conservation Officer was able to see for himself what we at Molson do and how we raise awareness of all employees to support energy conservation in their day-to-day work or at home.
Peter came accompanied by two communication interns working with him at Ontario Power Authority. Also present for this visit where representatives of Enbridge Gas Distribution; Peter Goldman and Ashu Kahol. Peter and Ashu took this opportunity to present Molson with the sum of $18,915 in recognition of our conservation efforts. (Thank you Enbridge Gas Distribution for this show of support and acknowledgement.)
The group spent a couple of hours with us at the brewery and learned about our Brewery Energy Conservation Program and various other energy conservation efforts implemented in our operations in the past few years. These efforts augment our energy efficiency and help us conserve those precious resources we all depend on. Our guests also gained knowledge of our recycling initiatives in place at Molson breweries across Canada. The group was then given a tour of the brewery packaging facility and met some of our employees working the line. Our guests were able to acknowledge employees directly for their energy conservation efforts. The visit was then concluded with the sampling of a fine cold Molson beer and a toast to energy conservation!
Monday, May 5th, 2008
Above from Left: Bike winner and Molson employee (bike donated by Energy @ Work) Gary Johnson, Molson employee Doug Dittburner, and Scott Rouse from Energy @ Work.
Last Friday, I took a stroll over to the Toronto brewery to see what was going on for Energy Week — it was great! There were booths set up from different sponsors and organizations including Spirax Sarco, Enbridge, Energy@Work, Toronto Hydro and more. The Molson employees were able to go to the booths, learn about different energy saving initiatives, ask questions and submit ideas.
At the end, tons of prize draws were done with prizes donated from Enbridge. Every time a Molson employee submitted an idea for energy saving at the brewery, they received a raffle ticket.
Would like to hear your ideas too! How are you saving energy?
Below: Molson employees: Doug Dittburner, Jennifer, Roy Mohabir
Below: Ashu Kahol from Enbridge
Below: Charles Elliott from Spirax Sarco Canada Limited