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A well-rounded idea

DID SOMEONE SAY THROWAWAY ECONOMY? NOT HERE! THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY COUNTERACTS THE LINEAR ECONOMIC SYSTEM WITH DURABLE PRODUCTS, REUSABILITY, AND RECYCLING.

Its goal is to conserve resources and the environment, save energy, and minimize waste. The subgroups of BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding are already actively implementing these principles today.

A WELL-ROUNDED IDEA - HOW THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY WORKS

Minimal non-renewable resources go in, and ideally no waste comes out. The idea is simple – because our planet’s resources are not endless, our process chains need to be closed as much as possible. Material and product cycles should be more closely interlinked and form a sort of an endless loop. In practice, this would mean that the raw materials used would not just be discarded as is usually the case, but be returned to the cycle. The E.G.O.-Group is leading the way at the site in Spain. It implemented various measures to conserve resources and save energy at its site. The numbers clearly show the company’s commitment to environmental and climate protection. By converting the fluorescent lights in the building, closing air leaks, and raising awareness among employees, over 137,569 kWh of energy was saved in 2020 compared to 2019. This is a 7% reduction in energy consumption.

Since July 2020, E.G.O. Appliance Controls S.L.U. (E.G.O. Spain) has been powered by electricity from 100% renewable energy (2019: 16.1%). The Spanish site has recorded much less plastic and other waste than in 2019; the amount of non-recyclable waste, in particular, has been reduced by
13.7%, which is equivalent to over six tons of material.

SINCE OUR PLANET’S RESOURCES ARE NOT ENDLESS, WE RELY ON ECONOMICALLY VIABLE PROCESSES THAT CONSERVE BOTH ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES, WHILE AT THE SAME TIMEMINIMIZING NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT.

Dr. Karlheinz Hörsting,
Managing Director of Technology and Production of BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding

LONGER PRODUCT LIFECYCLES

ARPA is also aware of its responsibility and helps not only the company but also consumers to be more sustainable. The subgroup is a member of the French club “HOP Halte à Obsolescence Programmée,” an organization dedicated to fighting against throwaway products. They help companies make their products more durable.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES

However, a large proportion of the resources used worldwide are not used in production at all, but in energy generation. In 2019, around 80% of the world’s energy consumption still came from non-renewable sources. Once burned, only their emissions remain. Fossil fuels such as petroleum and the like are not considered renewable energy and can thus not be recyclable. To get the numbers down, we need to change our thinking.

Today and in the future. A basic prerequisite for the success of the circular economy is the switch to renewable energies.

THE POWER OF GREEN ELECTRICITY

THE MANTRA OF BLANCO’S ENERGY OPTIMIZATION PROGRAM IS “THE CHEAPEST ENERGY IS ENERGY THAT IS NOT CONSUMED IN THE FIRST PLACE!” BUT BECAUSE IT ISN’T POSSIBLE TO COMPLETELY GO WITHOUT ENERGY CONSUMPTION, THE BLANC & FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING AND ITS SUBGROUPS HAVE DECIDED TO SWITCH TO GREEN ELECTRICITY. CURRENTLY, E.G.O. ALREADY OBTAINS APPROXIMATELY 25% OF ITS GLOBAL ELECTRICITY REQUIREMENTS FROM RENEWABLE ENERGIES, WITH THE SHARE AT BLANCO 23%, AND BLANCO PROFESSIONAL 27%. BY 2022, THIS FIGURE WILL BE 100% AT ALL OF THE GROUP’S GERMAN SITES. WITH A TOTAL DEMAND OF ABOUT 44.7 MILLION KILOWATT HOURS PER YEAR, THIS CAN SAVE ABOUT 12 TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE ANNUALLY. THIS IS ROUGHLY EQUIVALENT TO THE CO2 EMISSIONS OF A MIDRANGE CAR DRIVING AROUND THE WORLD ONE AND A HALF TIMES.

THE MANTRA OF BLANCO’S ENERGY OPTIMIZATION PROGRAM IS “THE CHEAPEST ENERGY IS ENERGY THAT IS NOT CONSUMED IN THE FIRST PLACE!” BUT BECAUSE IT ISN’T POSSIBLE TO COMPLETELY GO WITHOUT ENERGY CONSUMPTION, THE BLANC & FISCHER FAMILY HOLDING AND ITS SUBGROUPS HAVE DECIDED TO SWITCH TO GREEN ELECTRICITY. CURRENTLY, E.G.O. ALREADY OBTAINS APPROXIMATELY 25% OF ITS GLOBAL ELECTRICITY REQUIREMENTS FROM RENEWABLE ENERGIES, 
WITH THE SHARE AT BLANCO 23%, AND BLANCO PROFESSIONAL 27%. BY 2022, THIS FIGURE WILL BE 100% AT ALL OF THE GROUP’S GERMAN SITES. WITH A TOTAL DEMAND OF ABOUT 44.7 MILLION KILOWATT HOURS PER YEAR, THIS CAN SAVE ABOUT 12 TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE ANNUALLY. THIS IS ROUGHLY EQUIVALENT TO THE CO2EMISSIONS OF A MIDRANGE CAR DRIVING AROUND THE WORLD ONE AND A HALF TIMES.

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