David Steiner, C.E.M.

27-Sep-2017, 2:30 - 3:00PM

Session: Corporate Energy Management Strategies

Track H | Industrial Energy Management

Insights from Implementing a Utilities Strategy across a Global Network

David Steiner, C.E.M.
Global Energy & Waste Leader
Hexion, Inc.

There is a clear imperative within companies to develop a strong, sustainability strategy and to publicly communicate sustainability activities.Improvements in utility intensity, utility consumption and greenhouse gas reduction are often key components of sustainability goals.There have been numerous articles and studies over the past 45+ years on energy efficiency strategies, best practices and recommended organizational design for efficiency.These often cite successes realized by large companies, with large facilities and massive energy spends.One key element for a nascent utility strategy however, is a design that fits the company culture, structure and business environment.What is a good strategy and organization structure in your industrial setting?What makes sense for your energy intensity, business environment and other key business priorities?

This presentation provides an overview of Hexion’s energy management journey and how our strategy has evolved and improved over the past 20 years.This current strategy has been developed to accelerate improvements in utility intensity within a manufacturing environment of multiple dispersed, relatively small manufacturing locations globally, each with low utility intensities and spending.The organizational structure is provided along with how this integrates with other relevant functions including engineering, operations, maintenance and mechanical integrity, EHS and sustainability.Tactics utilized to focus teams across the manufacturing network, execute on broad programmatic goals, provide technical support to teams and training to individuals is explained.Eight key learning’s from the energy management journey, including the importance of Senior Management champions, building credibility, fitting the strategy to the business model and culture, amongst others, are given.This new strategy has resulted in increased and sustained cost savings, re-focused attention on utilities improvement, greater recognition of successes, and an integrated approach with engineering, mechanical integrity, EHS and sustainability.


Track: H Industrial Energy Management | Session: Corporate Energy Management Strategies