Ten years ago, even before the responsible use of energy resources became a large-scale concern of the general public, Cascades set up its Energy Action Group (GIE) in Kingsey Falls.

Today, the mission of the GIE team (mainly engineers) is to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency for each Cascades Group plant. Its specific mandates include the following objectives:

  • To define the objectives of energy reduction for all Cascades plants
  • To give the plants the support needed to reduce their energy consumption
  • To recommend and validate the actions for carrying out energy savings projects in Cascades plants
  • To publish a monthly report and annual report for comparing energy performance between plants

To successfully accomplish its mission, the EAG is banking on, among other things, considerable energy investment funds as well as the exchange of information between plants and on the internal promotion of energy optimization projects set up by employees.

Cascades GIE's Areas of Expertise

  • Cartonboard machine drying sections
  • Compressed air systems
  • Lighting
  • Boilers
  • Assessments of aeraulics
  • HVAC systems
  • Steam-condensate systems
  • Real-time measuring of energy consumption
  • Modeling and forecasting of energy consumption
  • Heat exchangers
  • Optimization of pumping systems 
  • Vacuum systems and vacuum pumps
  • Steam trap audits  
  • Process integration
  • Benchmarking studies  
  • Yankee hood systems for tissue machines 
  • Optimization of energy sources
  • Adjustments to power factors and electrical usage
  • Electrical variable frequency drives
  • General paper manufacturing processes
  • Renewable energy and subsidies programs 

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