Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada

May 25, 2005 16:02 ET

Pratt & Whitney Canada Wins Prestigious Energy Conservation Award

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2005) - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has won a prestigious national energy conservation award for its innovative work in energy efficiency programs that has resulted in energy savings of more than $1 million since January 2004.

David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, presented the company with the first-ever Industrial Energy Innovators Award at the Energy 2005 Conference held in Ottawa last night for its efforts in conserving energy.

The company won the award in the category of Monitoring, Tracking and Reporting. It was co-presented to P&WC by Douglas Speers, Chair of the Executive Board for the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

"At Pratt & Whitney Canada, we have devoted a great deal of time and 'energy' to reducing our energy consumption," said John Saabas, P&WC Senior Vice President Engineering and Operations, in congratulating the P&WC Energy Team. "Our management and employees are committed to improving the environment and generating energy savings. I am very proud of their accomplishments."

More than 70 submissions were received from Canada's most energy-efficient companies for the Industrial Energy Innovators Awards program, introduced for the first time this year.

"I congratulate Pratt & Whitney Canada for its innovative energy saving ideas that have resulted in the winning of this award," said Minister Efford. "Companies like these truly are leading by example, voluntarily improving their energy efficiency and helping Canada do its part to address climate change."

P&WC is firmly committed to sustainable development and respect for the environment. Since 2001, the company has emerged as a Canadian industrial leader in energy conservation by implementing across-the-board energy savings plans. In the past four years, energy consumption at P&WC has declined by more than 20 per cent across its Canadian operations.

Yvan Landry, Facilities Engineering Manager at P&WC, said the company spends $9 million for natural gas, oil and electricity to operate its Canadian facilities. "It is critical to determine accurate energy consumption and costs related to our production levels and exterior temperatures to meet out budget forecasts," Mr. Landry explained. P&WC's Energy Team, he noted, implemented a mathematical model, using three years of historical data of all its systems and processes, to identify consumption and cost patterns based on experiments, exterior temperatures over time, and manufacturing activities.

"We used data generated from production levels and weather reports to forecast precisely the energy we required over the next 12 months and then monitor it on a ongoing basis," Pierre Therriault, Energy Manager, added.

P&WC, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in aviation engines powering business, general aviation, and regional aircraft, and helicopters. The company also offers advanced engines for industrial applications. P&WC's operations and service network span the globe. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), a high-technology company based in Hartford, Connecticut.

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