2020 Sustainability Targets Update: “Small Wins” Add Up to Big Energy Savings
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2020 Sustainability Targets Update: “Small Wins” Add Up to Big Energy Savings

March 18, 2016   |   ShareThis

At Mosaic, we hold ourselves accountable for the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and our company, and we are careful stewards of natural resources. In 2015, we took an important step forward by announcing Mosaic’s 2020 Sustainability Targets. Achieving these requires companywide support, and leadership at every level of the organization.

Simple Program Saves Energy at Belle Plaine

To help lower energy costs and achieve our Sustainability Target of reducing energy use by 10 percent per tonne of product by 2020, Mosaic’s Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan potash facility is participating in the SaskPower Commercial Lighting Incentive program.

Participation in the program is easy, but helps Mosaic reap significant rewards.

“As old High Intensity Discharge (HID) fixtures need replacing, we exchange them with new high efficiency LED lighting,” said Marty Mason, Maintenance Planner at Belle Plaine. “It’s just simple, easy and cost effective.”

HID fixtures only last two to three years and lose 30 percent of their efficiency in the first year. By contrast, the LED lights have up to a 10-year life span and maintain their efficiency until it is almost time to replace them again.

“There are two drivers to this program – the energy savings and the maintenance cost savings,” said Mason. The program has been in effect for roughly a year and Belle Plaine has received $11,100 in total rebates from SaskPower. Additionally, the transition to LED fixtures has realized a decrease in power consumption by over 22 kW (44 percent less than previous light fixtures). Annual energy consumption is expected to decrease by at least 156 MWh while annual energy cost savings will be around $12,000.

This program is just one way Mosaic is making progress towards finding solutions that result in greater efficiency, lower costs and continuous improvement. We’re saving money and natural resources – while reducing our impact on the environment.

Phosphates Electric Pumps Conversion Project to Save $2 Million in Fuel Costs

As part of a project designed to identify efficiencies in Mosaic’s Phosphates business unit last year, we developed recommendations to replace several diesel pumps with electric pumps at the company’s South Fort Meade, South Pasture and Four Corners mines in Central Florida. Approximately 20 diesel pumps within acceptable distance from electric power infrastructure were identified for replacement. To date, several diesel pumps have already been replaced and there are plans in place to replace the remainder this year.

The switch to electric pumps is estimated to save nearly $2 million in fuel costs and more than half a million gallons of diesel annually. Avoiding the use of diesel fuel for the diesel pumps also reduces our carbon footprint by 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) annually and supports our sustainability target to reduce energy use by 10 percent per ton of product by 2020.

Electric pumps can be more efficient and more affordable to power, especially if the power can be sourced from Mosaic’s cogenerated electricity. In some cases, a single electric pump can eliminate the need for two diesel pumps – reducing the total number of pumps in use.