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15.07.2016 14:38 Age: 3 yrs

Solingen company shows an impressive commitment to climate protection

Solingen-based Moosbach & Kanne GmbH is an electroplating company that implements environmental and climate protection measures with purpose and consistence. The subject of sustainability is of particular importance throughout the company. With a new set of targets, it now wants to save an additional five tonnes of CO2 per year. Such commitment has impressed KlimaExpo.NRW. Today, Dr Heinrich Dornbusch, Senior Managing Director of the state-based initiative, presented the official certificate to Dr Elke Moosbach, Managing Director of Moosbach & Kanne GmbH.

From left to right: Dr Heinrich Dornbusch, Senior Managing Director of KlimaExpo.NRW, Frank Balkenhol, Wirtschaftsförderung Solingen, Birte Viétor, Solingen Climate Protection Officer and Dr Elke Moosbach, Managing Director of Moosbach & Kanne GmbH. As the first Solingen-based company and the 165th of 1,000 Steps into the Future, Moosbach & Kanne has been officially included by KlimaExpo.NRW. (Photo: KlimaExpo.NRW)

In the Solingen plant, 20 employees coat and varnish countless products to give a multitude of high-quality visual finishes – something the company has been doing for almost 100 years. The new surface coating not only enhances the products, it also extends their lifetime. Sustainability aspects are similarly highly prized during the production process. For example, the metal-bearing sludges produced while treating the generated process water are recycled. Furthermore, in cooperation with customers, the majority of the packaging is reused within a returnable system.

This commitment to climate protection is now being developed further. With the help of heat recovery from the exhaust air system and the conversion of the lighting system to LEDs, the company wants to save 8,800 kilowatt-hours of electricity and thus five tonnes of CO2 per year. This on-going commitment and the new targets have now led to the company being included as a pacesetter in the KlimaExpo.NRW showcase. “Climate protection and sustainability are aspects that are very close to our heart. We want to do our bit and are very pleased that this is being noticed and valued. This shows us that we are on the right path and motivates us to continue along it,” said Dr Elke Moosbach, Managing Director of Moosbach & Kanne GmbH.

Energy efficient into the future

Energy consumption has been reduced step by step over recent years. The electro-plating plant control system and the waste water treatment system have been redesigned to be more energy efficient, which has also lowered chemical consumption by over 30 per cent. The heat flows for heating the premises and production facilities have been re-organised and the supply temperature reduced. The company saves an additional 100 tonnes of CO2 thanks to the new condensing boiler and CHP system commissioned in 2015 that were installed together with the Solingen municipal utilities. The compressed air system has also been renewed. These investments have paid a double dividend, both in terms of reduced energy costs and an improved working environment. “Moosbach & Kanne GmbH is a prime example of how, with on-going commitment, companies are capable of future-proofing their operations on a variety of levels. I am therefore pleased to include the company as a KlimaExpo.NRW pacesetter,” said Dr Heinrich Dornbusch, Senior Managing Director of KlimaExpo.NRW.

Next step: heat recovery

For 2016, the company has set itself the target of recovering the heat from the exhaust air system in the production hall. Apart from the energy savings, this measure will also improve the indoor climatic conditions. In addition, the hall lighting will be convertes to LED. The forecast sacing is aroung 8,800 kilowatt-hours per annum - equivalent to a saying of five tonnes of CO2 a year. "With Moosbach & Kanne, we are pleased to have a strong showpiece company in our region. We hope that this example will also motivate others to take the first step. This is a perfext example of how climate protection is worth it," said Anette Kolkau of the Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH.

To the pacesetter