GEA Westfalia Separator Awarded for Energy Efficiency
- For its energy management system at the company’s location in Oelde, GEA Westfalia Separator Group was recently awarded the TÜV certificate according to DIN EN ISO 5001.
- The heart of the energy management system of GEA Westfalia Separator Group is the company’s combined heat and power plant in combination with an absorption refrigerating system.
For many years, efficient energy generation with minimum consumption of resources has been one of the driving forces behind the sustainability strategy of GEA Westfalia Separator Group, the company said. For its energy management system, the Oelde-based engineering company was recently awarded the TÜV certificate according to DIN EN ISO 5001.
By implementing an energy management system in line with the German and European standards, the company consistently pursues the objective of continuously improving energy efficiency at its own locations. By developing previously unused efficiency potential, it has been possible not only for energy costs to be reduced significantly. The company complies with the German government’s objectives of energy and environmental policy along the entire line by means of lower use of resources and also by means of reduced carbon emissions. The objective: to reduce the primary energy requirement in Germany by 20 percent by the year 2020.
The elements of a systematic energy management system comprise an extensive analysis and appraisal of the company’s internal energy flows, using this as the basis for formulating appropriate technical or strategic measures in order to improve the energy balance. “In line with our holistic energy management system, we have plans to continuously boost efficiency by at least 1.5 % every year and to reduce carbon emissions by at least 1.5 % in relation to production volumes,” said Ludger Reckmann, plant manager of GEA Westfalia Separator Group in Oelde, and thus discloses the objectives of the company: “With the resultant cost reductions, we will also benefit in terms of competitiveness. In the long term, this will make a major contribution towards securing our location and will have a sustainable and positive impact on the environment.” Cost savings can be expected in this connection not only as a result of the lower energy consumption but also from the possible exemption from the EU levy.
Own combined heat and power plant reduces carbon emissions
The conditions for sustainable and energy-efficient production have been created particularly as a result of the new and conversion measures at our location in Oelde. The key aspect of our energy management system is our company’s own combined heat and power plant in combination with an absorption refrigerating system. This enables us to use a combined power heat and refrigeration system, resulting in significant savings of primary energy compared with conventional energy generation. “However, savings in terms of energy can be achieved not only by using modern and innovative technology,” emphasized Ludger Reckmann. “In this respect, we are also reliant on the assistance of each individual employee.” This means that employees will have to be convinced to an even greater extent of the importance of the efficient use of energy by various means, including training.