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Activities in Germany regarding sustainability
Please find below the already performed and the planned activities in Germany regarding sustainability.
Which activities in Germany have already been performed?
- Combined heat and power plant at the Ennepetal site
As the name suggests, a combined heat and power (CHP) plant cogenerates electrical energy and heat, and is preferably located where that heat can be economically utilised. Local use of the process heat means that CHP plants can offer energy savings of up to 40%, as losses in transporting the energy are hugely reduced. In order to assist with energy-efficiency measures, it was therefore decided to operate a CHP plant in conjunction with the production facilities at the Ennepetal site. In Germany, the Combined Heat and Power Act promotes the use of CHP plants, which can be connected to the national grid so that any surplus electricity can be readily utilised. Overall, the installation of a CHP plant is expected to lead to annual cost savings of around €37,000.
- Environmental Management System according to EN ISO 14001 (Site Ennepetal)
EN ISO 14001 is an environmental management standard written to help companies define an operational environmental policy, establish environmental objectives and implement an environmental programme. It further serves as a blueprint for establishing a management system to assist in achieving these objectives. The standard does not stipulate any specific environmental targets, although the company should do its utmost to adhere to the objectives it has set itself. The continuous improvement process is based on the methodology: Plan - Implement - Monitor - Act. Because DORMA is concerned with improving its internal environmental policy to long-term effect, work has already commenced on the introduction and implementation of an environmental management system (UMS) at the Ennepetal and Wuppertal sites that complies with the EN ISO 14001 standard.
- Energy Management System according to DIN EN ISO 16001 (Site Ennepetal)
The EN ISO 16001 standard, applicable throughout Europe, provides the basis for establishing an energy management system (EMS). It is organised along the same lines as EN ISO 14001 and can therefore be readily integrated into the environmental management system (UMS). The introduction of an energy management system in a company enables all energy-related processes and procedures to be analysed and effectively optimised. As a result, energy flows are rendered more transparent. This in turn enables energy-saving measures to be identified and implemented. DORMA is already working on an efficient energy management system and is seeking to achieve certification to EN ISO 16001.
- Ocholt biogas power plant
The use of biogas offers an excellent alternative for reducing net CO2 emissions, which is why DORMA’s Ocholt site will shortly be connected to the region's only biogas power plant.
Biogas is a clean energy generated from renewable raw materials and can also result in huge savings. Based on a contract period of 10 years, the overall heating costs for the DORMA Hüppe Ocholt site will be reduced by a total of over €340,000, which equates to a decrease in cost of some 37%. In addition, the use of district heat generated by biogas will reduce net CO2 emissions by over 91% compared to conventional district heat production.
- Green electricity for all German sites
All 16 of DORMA’s German sites have been operating exclusively on green electricity supplied from hydro-electric power stations. The supply agreement with utility AVU, Gevelsberg, will initially run for two years. Having now switched entirely to green electricity, DORMA has, at a stroke, improved the eco-balance of its products, thus further contributing to climate protection and improving the sustainability of buildings. Please find additional information regarding this topic in the corresponding press release.
- Environmental Product Declaration for the door closer TS 93
With the increasingly alarming climate change issue and the need for massive energy savings, sustainability in construction is likely to become a dominant theme among specifiers and architects in the future. DORMA has long addressed the ecological challenges of the present and is confident of its ability to offer products and services that are - in every respect - very much in line with the requirements of a "green" future. Visible signals in this regard include the environmental product declaration (EPD) to DIN ISO 14025 that the company has issued for it TS 93 door closer. Read more...
Which activities in Germany are planned for the future?
- The certification of all German sites according to ISO 14001 and ISO 16001 is in preparation.
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