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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 – January 2014

Latest Update

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) continues to work with Duke Energy and is coordinating ME3 (Economy, Energy, and Environment) program participation agreements, scheduling 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 and has established a partnership with Magnet, a company that provides E3 assessment services in northeast Ohio. 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. Four companies are in the process of their site visits and analyses, and two have reported completion of projects to address lighting. MORPC has delivered final E3 reports to five companies and continues to provide implementation assistance. These five companies have implemented 21 E3 report recommendations. 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 to discuss opportunities for program replication. Future work involves developing company testimonials to be shared with the media and on the MORPC website, continuing company recruitment using their new E3 videoExit EPA disclaimer and participation in meetings and workshops, improving and conducting energy assessments for participating businesses, coordinating with participating companies to share results, and completing and delivering the E3 assessments for all currently participating companies.

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 June 2013) Projected Cumulative Results
Annual GHG Reductions 795 mt CO2e 60,000 mt CO2e
Businesses Involved in Program 8 12
Landfill Material Diverted, Annually 14.3 mt (60,000 mt) 5,000 mt per business

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