ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe to conserve its energy spending has introduced a new energy efficiency program in all its production locations last year. The implementation phase of the program is fixed to end by the year 2014.
The company has achieved notable savings in its expenditure in the first year of its implementation. The program implemented at its Bochum, Siegerland and Dortmund locations alone have saved over 12.5 million euros and is anticipated to lessen the carbon discharges to the level of 78,000 tons by 2014. This can be equated to saving around 300,000 mWh of electric power, which is enough supply 10,000 homes for a year or planting of 2.6 million trees.
In its energy saving efforts, ThyssenKrupp Steel has plans to invest around 8 million euros to achieve 95% of savings by modifying its currently utilizing equipment. It intends to introduce systems to switch off the plant units automatically when not functioning and to reduce the functional temperature of the coating lines. The other measures proposed by the company include substituting its prevailing heating systems with a gas heating facility, bettering the current insulation levels, and cutting down the capacity of pumps utilized in the cooling systems by making advancement in the coolant recycling process. It is also trying to get the support of the individual employees in its energy saving measures by inculcating the habit of switching off the heating systems when leaving the office and conserving the energy by reducing the frequent opening of the entry gates. For the Duisburg branch where the energy conserving program commenced on two of its units in December 2010, the company has recognized a savings potency of more than 14 million euros.
According to Dr. Ulrich Jaroni, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe’s director of production, by its energy saving efforts the company has saved over 45 million euros from 2009. He clarified that the energy program planned as a long term process will allow the company to stay on its energy saving path and the energy savings achieved by it will benefit both the company and the environment.