Jun 1, 2015 Düsseldorf / Germany
Sustainable living: A few tips to save energy
Henkel is participating in the first European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW), taking place from May 30 until June 5, 2015. This European-wide initiative, supported by the European Sustainable Development Network, aims to boost the visibility of activities, projects, and events that promote sustainable development.
With its “(Y)OUR MOVE toward Sustainability” campaign, Henkel encourages sustainable behavior through simple actions, including turning off lights when you leave a room to save energy.
The importance of energy conservation
Years and years of access to cheap and abundant fossil fuels has led to wasteful usage. Bad habits include inefficiencies in the production and use of energy; the everyday use of cars; heating and cooling systems; and stand-by power for electronic devices. Wasteful energy usage, particularly that from fossil fuels, just doesn’t hurt the environment; it also hinders the development of alternative energy sources.
The chemical industry is an energy-intensive one, and Henkel is constantly working toward improving efficiency within its global operations. In 2010, the company set out to reduce its energy use by 15 percent per production unit by 2015. By the end of 2014, Henkel had already reduced energy use by 20 percent per production unit!
Take Henkel’s Dragon Plant in Shanghai as an example: The world’s largest adhesives plant, which was opened in 2013, was built with transparent ceilings. The result? Henkel was able to reduce energy use for factory lighting by 90 percent!
Henkel puts the “power” back in power plant at its Düsseldorf site, thanks to co-generation. This means that the plant here generates both heat and power, and it does it with an efficiency factor of 90 percent. That’s twice the value of a conventional power plant. Heat produced as a by-product is repurposed as process heat in the production facility.
A few tips to save energy at home and the office
- If you don’t need a light for 10 seconds or more, turn it off.
- Shut your computer down or put it in hibernation mode before leaving work.
- Be sure to turn off all peripheral items, such as monitors, external hard drives and printers.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.
- When possible, turn off the heater/air conditioner before leaving the office.