Massachusetts Firms Lead a Revolution in Reducing Manufacturers’ Carbon Footprint.

AYER, Mass. — Dec. 12, 2016

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 costs.

Yet that was the result of an ingenious heating and production system retrofit which converted the massive 6-acre automotive parts plant from oil to gas fuel — conceived, fabricated, and installed by IMEC, a mechanical engineering and design/build firm in Ayer, Massachusetts.

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The extraordinary environmental and financial results of the Freudenberg project:

• The elimination of 4,000 tons of carbon emissions per year without any reduction in plant output 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 in which IMEC is helping manufacturers go green, frequently with the assistance of energy-reduction incentives from partnering utility companies such as National Grid and EverSource. In 2016, the total environmental impact of IMEC’s energy-saving projects will be the elimination of 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 like IMEC within a national context: “About 10 years ago, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) started an annual 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. Massachusetts
2. California
3. Vermont
4. Rhode Island/Oregon (tie)
6. Connecticut
Source: http://database.aceee.org/state-scorecard-rank

Furthermore, Boston was ranked #1 for energy efficient policy among the largest U.S. cities.
Source: http://database.aceee.org/city-scorecard-rank

IMEC is currently working on carbon footprint reduction projects at many manufacturing facilities throughout New England. Past and current customers include Pepsi, Garelick Farms, Johnson & Johnson, Biogen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), and others.

“The partnership between IMEC, the utilities, and the manufacturing companies is a win for all involved,” said Joseph D’Ambrosio, Sr., president and director of engineering at IMEC. “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.”
 

  

Interviews:
IMEC’s president and director of engineering, Joseph D’Ambrosio, is available for phone, audio, or video interviews.

To schedule an interview, or for information:
Contact Josh Weller at 617-513-9598 or josh.weller@centuriainc.com.