What are the responsibilities of an Energy and Environment Manager?
At Worlée, I am responsible for the total care of the energy management system. My responsibilities include recognizing opportunities for efficiency improvement and taking corresponding steps to develop, implement and check them. But, of course, I do not do this alone. Numerous colleagues at Worlée actively support in my work. A fundamental aspect of my position is the continual search for new possibilities to reduce energy usage. One must continually ask oneself whether old processes and ways of thinking have perhaps become outdated. In the past, for example, people always said that it was better to let a car keep running during short stops. With modern technology, this is most definitely not the case anymore. It’s similar with many production facilities. Correspondingly, our agitators nowadays do not run as long as formerly, and some systems are even shut down directly after use. These are actually just trivial things that just need to be identified.
Further, when new facilities are being constructed, it is important to pay close attention to environmental aspects in order to avoid expensive adjustments or upgrades at a later date.
Along with your career at Worlée, you have also served as the chairman of the Association of Climate Protection Companies since 2013. What does this involve?
The Climate Protection Companies are a national, cross-sector network for climate protection and energy efficiency. The organization was established at the initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). Via a demanding qualification process, all of the member companies have demonstrated their establishment of a pattern of extensive, innovative efforts to improve in-house energy efficiency, and they have committed themselves to continue in this fashion. Within the network, frequent exchanges take place, such as regular meetings to discuss new projects and technical issues. We want to show that climate protection and energy efficiency can also be economically beneficial, and we also intend to raise awareness in other companies. In addition, we maintain close contacts in the political world and offer our expertise and experience during the lawmaking process.
Are there other projects that can help strengthen the focus on sustainability more firmly in the industry?
In 2014, in accordance with the sustainability initiative Chemie3 (Download Certificate), we were one of twelve pilot companies that carried out a sustainability check. For this check, each participant committed itself to thoroughly scrutinizing its own in-house procedures in the areas of economy, ecology and social issues. In the future, this check should also be carried out by the other members of the initiative as well. Together with Chemie3, the Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the Union for the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries (IGBCE) and the National Chemical Employers Association (BAVC) have promoted the concept of sustainability in the German chemical industry since 2012. We are proud to be a part of this ambitious project.