As a manufacturer and producer, we have a particular responsibility to protect both the environment and our climate. We take our environmental responsibility seriously and strive every day to play our part. Making a conscious effort to use valuable energy sources carefully is as fundamental to us as covering our energy requirements with renewable energy sources. During our development phase, as well as when procuring raw materials, we always look for the best solution in ecological terms.
The natural wastage from our manufacturing processes of wood pellets and wood chips is used as fuel in our biomass cogeneration plants. All the energy created is fed back into the production cycle. At our polyurethane manufacturing facility in Detmold, all the heating and process energy is produced in a process which is 100 % CO2 neutral. We have a collaborative agreement with the Detmold municipal utilities which run a completely CO2-neutral district heating system from a cogeneration plant located on our site.
We have installed state-of-the-art photovoltaic units at our Augustdorf and Detmold sites which supply electricity to our manufacturing facilities and feed unused energy to the public network. On average, we produce a total of approximately 950,000 kWh every year.
By way of comparison, this amount of solar energy would power more than 200 electric cars for a whole year.
With our power plant at Augustdorf and the energy produced from our solar energy plants at Augustdorf and Detmold, we save a total of 5,000 t of CO2 every year when compared to conventional means of producing energy. That is our contribution to the environment.
Manufacturing industrial products is just not possible without energy. But even energy is a finite resource. It is therefore particularly important to us that we use this resource responsibly. This includes constantly looking for opportunities to save energy as well as examining the source of our energy in terms of where it comes from. We are constantly working to improve in this area. Amongst other things, we have worked for many years on the DIN EN ISO 50001, improving our energy efficiency and have since been able to implement a systematic energy management system.
Using energy responsibly
We have reduced our electricity consumption considerably by converting the lighting in our production facilities at Augustdorf to LED and by fitting energy-saving motors in all our machines. We have also been able to reduce the volume of forklift traffic at all our sites through our electromobility concept and by automating transport routes. Since 2017, we have also been using climate-neutral electricity (100% CO2 neutral) from the Detmold municipal facilities for the manufacture of our polyurethane flooring.
Producing our own energy
We are now able to work more sustainably than ever before not just because we have reduced our energy use but also because we now produce our own energy. Our cogeneration plant in Augustdorf has been using production residues since 2018 to produce process and heating energy.
We now have a closed energy circuit thanks to the new power plant at the Augustdorf site.
The Augustdorf power plant
Our aim is to make the Augustdorf site's electricity and heat supply as sustainable and autonomous as possible. To this end, production waste is burnt in the power plant and the energy subsequently produced is reused. The majority of this energy is fed directly back into production as process and heating energy. The excess energy which cannot be used in manufacturing is fed back into the local district heating network.
Tied into nature’s cycle
The special feature of the combined heat and power plant in Augustdorf is that it is integrated into the natural cycle and thus operates in a particularly environmentally friendly manner. The waste from our own production is used to generate energy. The energy produced by burning these wood chips is then taken from heat converters and returned as process energy. Excess energy can also be stored in a 200 m3 buffer storage facility. The waste products from the incineration process such as carbon dioxide, phosphorous or potassium are then be returned to nature as important nutrients.