Turning off the light when we leave a room, installing energy-saving bulbs or using self-generated energies – there are lots of ways to save, both in our own homes and at the company. We at Halfar try every day to handle resources responsibly. But potential savings are not always easy to spot. That is why a group of Halfar apprentices took part in the Energy Scouts project for the first time this year.
Their aim was to discover further potential savings and look for ways to implement them in the company.
Energy Scouts – who, what, how?
This year was the fifth time that apprentices from the OWL region were able to sign up for the Chambers of Trade and Industry (IHK) project via their companies. The role of the Energy Scouts includes highlighting specific potential savings through practical experience and basic knowledge they have gained. At the same time, the apprentices are sensitised to ways of saving resources and taught the basics of project management.
The project has been a great success over the last five years. In 2017, 190 apprentices from 42 companies and organisations took part, discovering potential savings of more than € 450,000 within a year.
The Halfar project: Saving emissions
At Halfar, too, the Energy Scouts went on the hunt for resource robbers. Our apprentices set themselves the challenge of compiling and analysing a precise site balance for the CO2 emissions generated. As well as the operation of the company headquarters itself, the analysis was to consider processes and circumstances. By doing so, they hoped to find out where potential for targeted CO2 savings lies.
They were aided by the program “Eco-cockpit”, which enabled them to classify the various types of emissions as direct or indirect emissions, for example, and thus to look at the big picture. The analysis showed that a large proportion of the emissions still being generated are produced by staff and company vehicles.
As a first step, this finding has already been incorporated into the objectives of the eco-profit project. Business trips are to be reduced, consolidated or taken by public transport as far as possible. Company cars are to be gradually replaced with electric vehicles.
When it comes to emissions from staff vehicles, the apprentices have created an option for finding car pools on the company’s internal communication platform. Colleagues can enter the time, day and location of their car journeys. Some groups have already been formed and now travel to work together – benefiting the environment, team spirit and the colleagues’ bank balances.
Other colleagues already use public transport or the JobRad bikes to travel to work. Halfar appreciates these measures and supports them financially.
Award for the best ideas – the 2018 winners
16th November 2018 was the big day, when apprentices from 24 participating companies would present their projects to the judges. The winners were then announced. Two shared first prize this year: decor metall GmbH from Bad Salzuflen and BOGE KOMPRESSOREN Otto Boge GmbH & Co. KG from Bielefeld.
In their project “Cardboard shredder eats Flo-Pack film”, the apprentices at decor metall GmbH were able to replace plastic films with recycled cardboard as a filling material, saving around € 9,000 in the first year alone.
The apprentices at BOGE KOMPRESSOREN named their project “PAPP it down”. Their aim was to change the cardboard packaging in such a way that it could be reduced by 80% per year. Their hard work now saves the company more than € 130,000 every year.
Third prize went to the apprentices from JENZ GmbH, who succeeded in reducing “CO2 emissions in the final acceptance of biomass treatment equipment” by using electric instead of diesel engines. This saves the company around € 2,600.
Unfortunately, Halfar’s apprentices were not among the winners, but we are still delighted with their hard work, the car pools that have been formed and the inspiration they have provided. After all, thinking and working in a sustainable way depends on participation, lots of little steps, and strong cooperation. Keep reading our blog to find out what progress Halfar is making when it comes to sustainability.