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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety The goal of the energy scouts is to save CO2 through practical measures in the company. They are honored once a year for their outstanding work.

Almost 10,000 energy scouts ensure efficiency and climate protection in companies in Southeast Europe and Germany

They do away with Styrofoam packaging, use solar energy for power supply, install efficient compressed air nozzles and have a common goal: saving CO2 through practical measures in the company. Almost 10,000 energy scouts supported by the BMU through the European Climate Protection Initiative (EUKI) are looking for ways to save in their companies in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, the Czech Republic and Hungary. For their outstanding work they will be honored today by Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and DIHK President Dr. Eric Schweitzer honored. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze: “The energy scouts are a good example of how experiences in national climate protection can also be exchanged and further developed with European neighbors. The growing number of energy scouts is an important signal for more climate protection in companies and municipalities, in Germany and in Europe. ”Every year several hundred teams apply for the title of“ Energy Scout of the Year ”. The best of them came together virtually for an online event in 2020. The 2020 winners are: Bulgaria Atanas Milev and Ivan Lazarov from ABB Bulgaria EOOD Niederlassung Petrich With their project to build a 30 kilowatt peak (kWp) photovoltaic system for self-consumption, they achieve annual savings of 37,702 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity and 30 tons of CO2 emissions GermanyCategory small companyJulia Philipps and Phil Beckord from winklerswurst GmbH & Co. KG from Rheda-WiedenbrückBy switching to styrofoam-free shipping material, you save more than 46 tons of CO2 and over 8,600 euros per year. Category medium-sized companyAaron Gessner and Erik Schmitt, Joyson Safety Systems PlasTec GmbH from Bad Kissingen You have developed a mechanical filling device for plastic granulate to replace the compressed air-controlled system. This leads to almost 71 tonnes of CO2 savings and a cost reduction of 21,000 euros per year. Large company categorySophia Carolina Lindner, Servet Anar and Nicholas Lehmann from H. & J. Brüggen KG from LübeckThe team reduced the water consumption by using a high-pressure cleaner with a rotating lance by 5,733 m³ reduced. At the same time, the need for gas to heat the water for cleaning is reduced, so that more than 75 tons of CO2 emissions are saved annually.GreecePanagiotis Kapelios and Adam Balampanis from TrainOSETheir project includes the conversion to LED lighting, an upgrade of the compressed air circuit and a Reduction of the heating energy required by integrating preheated air into the system.TschechienJan Bílek von Preol, a. In his project, the energy scout Jan Bilek uses the waste heat from condensate from production to heat heating and utility water in the administration building. For example, 405 megawatt hours (MWh) less fuel in the form of lignite dust is required per year, and the CO2 savings are up to 147 tonnes per year.UngarnÁgnes Sebestyén, István Csordás, István Sipos and Ferenc Németh from DENSO Manufacturing Hungary Ltd. Project they installed efficient nozzles and optimized a drill / grinder. The measures lead to annual savings of 1,781 MWh of electricity and 408 tons of CO2 emissions with an amortization period of just 0.27 years. The Federal Environment Ministry is promoting the qualification of European Energy Scouts in the European Climate Protection Initiative with the Young Energy Europe project. Implementation is carried out by the Chambers of Commerce Abroad in Bulgaria, Greece, the Czech Republic and Hungary in cooperation with the DIHK. The German energy scouts are funded by the Federal Environment Ministry’s National Climate Initiative in the SME Initiative Energy Transition and Climate Protection. The SME initiative is supported by four partners: the Federal Environment Ministry, the Federal Ministry of Economics, the DIHK and the ZDH. The selection of the winning projects was made by a jury made up of representatives from the four partners. Financed by the National Climate Protection Initiative of the Federal Environment Ministry and the Energy Efficiency Fund of the Federal Ministry of Economics, the initiative initiates projects and events nationwide.

10/28/2020 | Press release No. 191/20 | Climate protection

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