Lean Energy refers to the use of continuous improvement tools applied in design engineering and facility planning to eliminate waste and expand the boundaries of energy efficiency. The approach, which borrows its inspiration from the Toyota Method, has a proven track record in North America and is helping companies optimize their existing systems instead of having to consider new investments.
The two key components of LEAN Energy include:
- Treasure Hunts to identify energy savings opportunities and the Kaïzen approach, which is effective in eliminating waste
- Energy Management System (EMS) guided by best management practices (ISO 50 001)
Recent studies in Manufacturing report savings that range from 8% to 25% for companies who have followed the approach and utilized these in their facility upgrades. At Stantec, our in-house project experts have confirmed this on our own projects, with an average of 12% in energy cost savings, and reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions exceeding 20%.