AYER, Mass., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When executives at Freudenberg-NOK's 6-acre manufacturing plant in Bristol, NH began planning for a massive energy-efficiency project late in 2014, they couldn't have dreamed of reducing the facility's carbon footprint by 50% and saving more than $1.1 million per year on energy. Yet this was the result of an ingenious heating and production system retrofit that converted the massive 6-acre automotive parts plant from oil to energy-efficient gas fuel.
The project's exceptional financial and environmental results:
The elimination of 4,000 tons of carbon emissions per year without any reduction in plantoutput or productivity
50% reduction in carbon footprint
$1,100,000 million in reduced costs, annually
The successful outcome for Freudenberg-NOK is the most recent in a list of dozens of carbon footprint reduction projects by IMEC, a mechanical engineering and design/build firm in Ayer, Massachusetts. Yet, IMEC is just one of the many engineering enterprises that are helping manufacturing facilities go green, usually with the assistance of energy-reduction rebate incentives from utility companies such as National Grid and EverSource. In 2016, IMEC's energy-saving projects alone will eliminate approximately 92,000 tons of carbon emissions. According to Sam Nutter, former president of the New England Association of Energy Engineers, it's even more impressive viewing the work of Massachusetts firms within a national context: "About 10 years ago, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) started an annual energy-efficiency ranking system of states. The New England and West Coast states are always the leaders, and Massachusetts has ranked first for energy efficiency for more than five years in a row." In 2015, four New England states were ranked in the top six:1. Massachusetts2. California3. Vermont4. Rhode Island/ Oregon (tie)6. ConnecticutSource: http://database.aceee.org/state-scorecard-rankFurthermore, Boston was ranked #1 for energy efficient policy among the largest U.S. cities.Source: http://database.aceee.org/city-scorecard-rank Joseph D'Ambrosio, Sr., president and director of engineering at IMEC, said: "The partnership between engineering firms, utilities, and manufacturing companies is a win for all involved. Most importantly, it's a victory for the environment and New England residents who can take pride in a public-private partnership that's changing the world around us."