In a total of 50 projects, employees around the world have thought about what they can contribute to climate protection. Their ideas range from reforestation near their location to energy efficiency programs and water-saving measures.

Although the focus is on local relevance, it also quickly becomes clear how interconnected the world is today. For example, employees at E.G.O. Elektrikli Aletler Sanayi A.S., Ergene, Turkey, have calculated that each load of magnesium oxide (MgO) travels 16,113 km from China to Çorlu. The extraction and production of MgO, which is used in tubular heating elements to insulate the heating coils, is complex and CO2-intensive. Material and transport costs can be saved thanks to the newly designed recycling system in which MgO, which is lost during the insulation process, is reused. This saves up to 70 metric tons of MgO and more than 2,700 metric tons of CO2, which would have been generated by cargo shipments. A win-win situation for both the company and the environment!

Programs such as the E.G.O. Planet Award therefore not only aim to honor special achievements in the area of sustainability. They also serve to exchange best practices between the locations. It’s no coincidence that most innovations are created when ideas are combined. This makes it all the more important to draw on the ideas of everyone in the company. Sustainability not only takes place at the level of technology or product development, but also affects business models, production technology and processes, sales, and services. Sustainability affects everyone—every employee’s input is needed.

AS EARLY AS 2011, THE E.G.O.-GROUP INSTALLED A BIOGAS-OPERATED COMBINED HEAT AND POWER PLANT TOGETHER WITH A NEIGHBORING AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS; THIS PLANT WAS EXPANDED IN 2020 AND NOW HEATS A LARGE PART OF OUR PRODUCTION PLANT AND OUR ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS.

Dr. Karlheinz Hörsting
COO, BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding

GOAL MET: 100 % RENEWABLE ENERGY

The BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding corporate groups have been relying on renewable energies for many years. Since the beginning of 2022, all German locations have even been supplied exclusively with “green electricity – generated by wind, solar or hydropower, and no longer by burning finite fossil resources. The energy supply from the biomass plant of a neighboring farmer in Oberderdingen is also exemplary. Biomass plants can be operated in a CO2-neutral manner, which means that only as much of the harmful greenhouse gas is released as was bound during the growth of the plants. And last but not least, the energy is generated locally. This eliminates loss of energy during transport.
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FROM OBERDERDINGEN OUT INTO THE WORLD – AND VICE VERSA

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Decentralized biomass plants can be a model for a future-proof energy supply at locations of the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding corporate groups where no energy is otherwise generated from renewable sources. The same applies to modern environmental technology such as solar power systems or heat pumps. After all, the switch from finite to regenerative or renewable energy sources is important, since emission-free energy supply can only be achieved from renewable energies. Without them, climate-friendly electrification is impossible.

*This figure refers to the entire E.G.O.-Group worldwide

**This figure refers to all German locations of the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding corporate groups

RETHINKING THINGS IN ALL AREAS

With its corporate strategy Triple P – PERFORMANCE, PLANET, PEOPLE, the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding and its corporate groups have risen to these challenges. It is not only a question of taking economic aspects of business into account, but also of assessing the environmental and social impact of one’s own actions. What sounds simple at first is a huge challenge. It requires the company to shift its thinking in all areas and at all locations. In other words: rethinking things needs to come before recycling, refurbishing, or reusing things. It’s about more than practical solutions – sustainable business requires a different attitude, a new way of thinking!

SUSTAINABILITY NOT ONLY TAKES PLACE AT THE LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGY OR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, BUT ALSO AFFECTS BUSINESS MODELS, PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESSES, SALES, AND SERVICES.

WOW – GREAT IDEAS!

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BIOFILTERS

DID YOU KNOW THAT EGG SHELLS CAN FILTER HEAVY METALS OUT OF WASTE-WATER? USING THIS INGENIOUS NATURAL FILTER SYSTEM, EMPLOYEES OF E.G.O. COMPONENTES ELECTRONICOS SA DE C.V., QUERÉTARO, HELPED TO CLEAN THE LERMA RIVER NEAR THE FACTORY. SINCE THEN, DISEASES CAUSED BY THE USE OF CONTAMINATED WATER HAVE DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE REGION.

THE FOREST IS GROWING

TRULY BEST PRACTICE: IN 2020, THE E.G.O.-GROUP LAUNCHED ITS GLOBAL TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN. THE OBJECTIVE: ONE SEEDLING FOR EACH EMPLOYEE. IN THE MEANTIME, THE FOREST CONTINUES TO GROW. IN ADDITION TO THE 1,600 PLANTED TREES IN GERMANY AND 3,000 IN POLAND, E.G.O. TREE NURSERY IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOW- ING NEW ADDITIONS: CHINA: 2,000, MEXICO: 1,200, AUSTRIA: 500, SLOVENIA: 800, TURKEY: 3,000.

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LESS IS MORE

THE EMPLOYEES OF ETA TOVARNA D.O.O., CERKNO, SLOVENIA, HAVE TACKLED THEIR EMISSIONS WITH A WHOLE PACKAGE OF MEASURES. THE RESULT IS IMPRESSIVE. WITHIN ONE YEAR, 1,630 T OF CO2, 2,300 MWH OF ELECTRICITY, 7.3 T OF WASTE, 84 M3 OF WATER, AND 116 M3 OF WASTE- WATER WERE SAVED. WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE END RESULT

WITH THIS IN MIND, THE EMPLOYEES OF E.G.O. AUSTRIA ELEKTROGERÄTE GES.M.B.H., HEINFELS, AUSTRIA, REACHED AN IMPRESSIVE GOAL. THANKS TO A NEW PACKING SYSTEM THAT MINIMIZES EMPTY SPACES, THEY SAVED 150 CONTAINERS AND TRUCK TRANSPORTS IN 2021. IN ADDITION TO THE SIGNIFICANT COST REDUCTION, 260 T CO2 WAS ALSO SAVED.
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ECONOMICAL MANAGEMENT TO COMBAT DROUGHT

COMBINING HIGH-TECH AND COMMON SENSE, THE EMPLOYEES OF E.G.O. APPLIANCE CONTROLS, S.L.U., BARCELONA, SPAIN, HAVE REDUCED WATER CONSUMPTION AT THEIR PLANT: 17 % COULD BE SAVED YEAR-ON-YEAR! SOFTWARE-CONTROLLED CONSUMPTION CONTROL, CONSISTENT USE OF SERVICE WATER, AND TRADITIONAL SURFACE WATER STORAGE ALL HELPED TO ACHIEVE THIS.

DETECTIVE WORK

THE EMPLOYEES OF E.G.O. COMPONENTS (CHINA) CO. LTD., TAICANG, CHINA, LAY IN WAIT WITH A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA. THEIR GOAL WAS TO IDENTIFY ENERGY LEAKS IN PRODUCTION. AND IT WAS WORTHWHILE: HEAT INSULATION HAS REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY 10 % AND SAVED 235 T CO2 ANNUALLY.

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