The Niemeierstrasse production facility at our headquarter in Detmold was distinguished for its exemplary and integrated implementation of energy efficient measures, both in the building, as well as in production. “We are extremely proud of this award, as it shows that many years of effort promoting energy efficiency has also paid off in our own company”, Vogelsang enthuses during a free moment at the awards ceremony. “We not only consider the GreenTec Award an honour, but also as a spur for us to maintain our resolve in developing ecologically sustainable solutions.” The numerous guests of honour included Peter Altmaier, Head of the Office of the German Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Affairs and Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy. In their speeches, they also underlined the economic aspect of energy efficiency measures. On the other hand however, environmental aspects should not be ignored or considered all together less important than all the economical interests. Moreover, increasing energy efficiency also presents an opportunity for industry.
Helene Derksen-Riesen, Head of International Facility & Energy Management, and Weidmüller Chief Financial Officer Harald Vogelsang see the GreenTec Award as both an honour and an incentive.
Energy efficiency as a holistic system implemented within the company
Weidmüller had already been officially acclaimed by the German government as a climate protection company for its measures in increasing energy efficiency over the past year. Weidmüller understands and practices energy efficiency as a holistic system implemented within the company. “An intelligent and energy-efficient factory is not a vision for the future”, Derksen-Riesen explains. With its production facility completed in 2011, Weidmüller demonstrates that up to 1,700 t CO2 can be saved per year by integrating production and infrastructure. “The high degree of efficiency is primarily achieved through the holistic implementation of energy and resource conservation: from the energy-efficient building shell through to the pioneering production processes”, Derksen-Riesen reports.
Monitoring of energy consumption on plant level
Weidmüller monitors its energy consumption on a plant level, whereby electricity consumption of the motors and heating is the key component within the plant. “Until now, most machine manufacturers did not disclose how much electricity their plants use” explains Derksen-Riesen. “Electricity metering down to the micro-level is intended to enable Weidmüller to efficiently optimise and operate its machines.” Weidmüller's holistic energy efficiency concept won out among 200 international innovative contenders and impressed the jury. However, the 21st century factory should not only be intelligent, but also transparent. As the first energy transparent factory, Weidmüller also offers its customers and business partners the chance to experience the holistic energy efficiency measures implemented on-site at first hand and to profit from their experience. “Learning together from one another - for a better future”, said Harald Vogelsang, describing the concept in a nutshell.
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