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State and Local Climate and Energy Program

Integrating ME3 and BPS to Reduce GHG Emissions and Landfill Disposal While Conserving Energy and Materials

Columbus, Ohio (Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, and Union Counties, Ohio)

Federal Funding: $498,824
Project Timeline: February 2011 – July 2014

Latest Update

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) continues to work with Duke Energy and is coordinating ME3 (Economy, Energy, and Environment) program participation agreements, scheduling of services, and communications with Duke’s customers. Duke is providing incentives and assistance for qualified customers receiving on-site energy assessments. Additionally, companies have been lining up to support the ME3 program.

MORPC has enlisted eight participating companies to date. Seven of the eight participating companies have completed energy assessments, and three are undergoing lean and green assessment services, which include a three-day site visit. MORPC has delivered final E3 reports to five companies and continues to conduct follow-up assistance to guide implementation. Two E3 reports are being finalized; however both companies have already started to implement the recommended items. These seven companies have implemented 27 out of 107 total E3 report recommendations. One of the eight participating facilities shut down in 2013 and will no longer report outcomes from the completed ME3 services.

MORPC also continues to reach out to companies throughout the region to identify potential candidates for ME3, and has networked with other Climate Showcase Communities (CSC) grantees to discuss opportunities for program replication. MORPC hosted a Summit on Sustainability and the Environment, which included a break-out session featuring an ME3 success story from Calgon Carbon. After the event, two companies expressed their interest in ME3. Future work involves finalizing and posting the sustainable manufacturing resource guide, completing E3 services and reports for the remaining two companies and continuing to encourage implementation and measurable outcomes, continuing company recruitment using their new E3 videoExit EPA disclaimer and participation in meetings and workshops, coordinating with grant partners to ensure that all measurable outcomes are captured, and drafting a report on how to coordinate an ME3 program.

Project Summary

Combining Programs to Multiply Benefits

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is integrating two previously independent initiatives, the national Economy, Energy, and Environment (ME3) program with the Ohio By-Product Synergy (BPS) Network. Linking these two initiatives will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and landfill waste, while also saving energy.

ME3 is a coordinated federal and local initiative designed to help communities work with their manufacturing base to improve sustainability. ME3 provides manufacturers with customized hands-on assessments of internal production processes in order to identify opportunities for improvements. The Ohio BPS Network matches undervalued byproduct streams with potential users and creates new revenues and savings for the organizations involved, while simultaneously addressing social and environmental impacts. This generates revenue while reducing both virgin material and energy consumption, thereby reducing GHG emissions.

Internal operations (ME3) and external material flows (BPS) are usually investigated separately, meaning environmentally beneficial opportunities are often overlooked. Coordination and joint operation of an ME3 and BPS program reveal these opportunities and attract more participants by offering “one-stop shopping” for sustainability evaluation and assistance.

MORPC is recruiting 12 companies to participate in both the national ME3 program and the Ohio BPS Network. The ME3 reviews are combined with the BPS synergy assessment, and participating companies become members of the BPS Network. Participants receive an assessment of their operations, feedstock needs, and waste streams, as well as guidance on actions to achieve cost-effective reductions in energy usage, material consumption, and waste disposal. Wherever feasible, participants are urged to acquire recycled feedstock materials from other members of the BPS Network. Participants are also providing or selling waste streams as feedstock to other members of the Network.

MORPC will educate other communities on the benefits of this initiative by producing a manual to motivate other communities to adopt and integrate ME3 and BPS networks.

The coupling of the ME3 and Ohio BPS initiatives will result in numerous benefits. By adopting new projects that increase energy efficiency and/or substitute wastes for virgin feedstock, businesses reduce GHG emissions; reduce operational costs for energy, material acquisition, and waste disposal; reduce energy consumption; reduce demand for virgin production materials; divert waste from landfills; reduce manufacturing costs; create jobs; and promote local economic development.

Community Characteristics

Population 1,986,829
Area 6,010 square miles
Government Type Regional
Community Type Rural, Urban, Suburban
Median Household Income $40,249 to $85,054

Program Results

  Reported Results (as of September 2013) Projected Cumulative Results
Annual GHG Reductions 553 mt CO2e 60,000 mt CO2e
Businesses Involved in Program 7 12
Landfill Material Diverted, Annually 18 mt (60,000 mt) 5,000 mt per business

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