The Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (DENA), the German Energy Agency, has given the Energy Efficiency Award to three companies in recognition of their exemplary efforts to increase energy efficiency. The first prize was shared by SCA Hygiene Products for the savings it has made in various cross-sector technologies and Heideblume Molkerei Elsdorf-Rotenburg AG for its successful implementation of energy contracting. The second prize went to Südbayerisches Portland-Zementwerk for its efficient use of waste heat in its manufacturing operations. The prizes were awarded during the dena Energy Efficiency Congress in Berlin. This competition, with its total prize money of €35,000, was organized by DENA as part of its Initiative EnergieEffizienz with support from its Premium Partners DZ BANK AG, Imtech Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG and Siemens AG.
"This year's prizewinners are an impressive demonstration of the potential energy savings that companies can make by increasing energy efficiency. In doing so, not only are they making a major contribution to environmental and climate protection, but the consequent reductions in costs also give them a distinct competitive edge," says Stephan Kohler, DENA's chief executive officer.
Between 2003 and 2011, SCA Hygiene Products carried out over 600 projects to increase energy efficiency at its four German sites in Mannheim, Kostheim, Neuss and Witzenhausen. The focus was on optimizing compressed air and pump systems and on heat generation. The company consistently involved its own staff in these efforts, actively encouraging them to submit suggestions. All in all, the implemented energy efficiency measures are saving the company around 220 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which corresponds to cost savings of €9 million.