We are reducing the amount of energy we consume so that we can increase efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
In 2011, GIZEH implemented an energy management system as per ISO 50001 which is based on a management model aimed to save energy in a sustainable manner.
Not only do the improvements made reduce both energy consumption and production costs, but they also reduce CO2 emissions and, in doing so, impede global warming.
Internal and external audits are carried out at GIZEH every year. They aim to determine whether objectives are being achieved.
Over the past seven years, we have installed around 240 measurement stations and invested over 1.6 million euros in energy efficiency measures, corresponding to an average yearly investment of 230,000 euros. Our efforts have produced the following results:
- CO2 emissions dropped by 14.8% per kg of material used. This means an average reduction of 3.0% per year.
- Power consumption reduced by 11.9% for each kg of material used. That’s an average of 2.4% per year.
Some specific measures are listed below, showing examples of the systematic steps we took in order to increase resource efficiency.
- Investing in new air compressors,
- Dividing the compressed air network into levels of 8 bar and 6 bar,
- Purchasing new refrigerant dryers and filtering systems,
- Adding free cooling to the cooling circuit in the winter season,
- Separating the cooling circuit for molds and oil,
- Reducing leakages.
Room heating/process heat/hot water
- Systematically recovering waste heat from compressors and using it to heat all buildings and water,
- Investing in new systems/optimizing settings,
- Increasing efficiency in steam production by pre-heating feed water,
- Insulating injection molding and extruder cylinders.
- Transitioning to LED outdoor lighting,
- Transitioning to LED indoor lighting (using motion sensors),
- Modifying the emergency lighting system.
Information and communication technology
- Server virtualization,
- New printing concept (central printer).
In addition to increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions, we are also driving the replacement of fossil fuels forward by producing our own green power.
- Installing solar panels with a 38 kWp output,
- Installing solar panels with a 129 kWp output in Elsterwerda. Finished in October-November 2018.