Beeskow. Saving energy pays off: 13 companies from Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Thuringia saved 6,3 million kilowatt hours of energy within one year. This saves the companies annual costs of approximately 300.000 euros, and the envi-ronment many tons of the greenhouse gas carbondioxide (CO2). In comparison: This quantity of energy is consumed by 315 average households for heating, warm water and electricity.
Approximately a year ago, the 13 efficiency-pioneers founded together with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG a local network in order to reduce their consumption of electricity, oil and gas. Yesterday, Wednesday the 14 November, the companies took stock for the first time at the host and network participant Linpac Plastics in Brandenburg Beeskow. It is certain: For each participant, the work has already paid off. And even the environment has benefited: „solely through the previous network process, the CO2 balance in the area of Middle Germany improved by roughly 1,9 million kilogrammes CO2 per year” says project leader Steffen Held of EnBW.
The EnBW network of energy efficiency in Middle Germany belongs to the first five German networks who get by without public aid. The energy saving-goal was determined by the twelve pioneers themselves. After the end of the three year project an average of eight percent less energy shall be consumed in the participating companies and in fact permanently.
Saving energy through the exchange of experience
The Middle German efficiency-pioneers reached a third of their goals after one year through already initiated and implemented energy efficiency measures, for instance by increasingly making use of waste heat, minimizing the losses of compressed air and employing efficient electrical drive mechanisms. Example: A network participant optimized the compressed air generation by means of a new compressor such that he now saves 120.000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and additionally 60 tons of CO2. „Through the fact that the networkers save costs annually, the companies will in the long term become more competitive“, reports Steffen Held in informal talks at the results event.
Belonging to the network of Middle Germany are companies like the delicatessen producer Astenhof, the Ortrander Eisenhütte or the plastics manufacturer Linpac Plastics. Together, they employ approximately 2.500 personnel and come from such different sectors like foun-dry, chemical production and lighting technology.
The participating companies in EnBW Network of Energy Efficiency Middle Germany:
- Astenhof GmbH, Hainspitz / Thuringia
- CBW Chemie GmbH, Wolfen / Saxony-Anhalt
- Gräfendorfer Geflügel- und Tiefkühlfeinkost Produktions GmbH, Mockrehna / Saxony
- Linpac Plastics Beeskow GmbH, Beeskow / Brandenburg
- MG Muschert und Gierse Oberflächensysteme GmbH & Co., Heiligenstadt / Thuringia
- Ortrander Eisenhütte GmbH, Ortrand / Brandenburg
- Polymer-Technik Elbe GmbH, Wittenberg / Saxony-Anhalt
- Nordlam GmbH, Magdeburg / Saxony-Anhalt
- LU-Leuchten-Umformtechnik Otto Vollmann GmbH & Co. KG, Scheibenberg / Saxony
- Andreas Quellmalz GmbH, Limbach-Oberfrohna / Saxony
- Flanschenwerk Bebitz GmbH, Lebendorf / Saxony-Anhalt
- HNP 1. Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG, Parchim / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
- Jenpräzision Gesellschaft für Alu-Guss und Werkzeugbau mbH, Eisenberg / Thuringia