ege reduces CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions and global warming are some of the biggest environmental challenges in modern society. This obligates companies to think in new, eco-friendly solutions to reduce environmental impact. At ege a greenhouse gas account is the launch for reduced CO2 emissions.
CO2 emissions and global warming are some of the biggest environmental challenges in modern society. This obligates companies to think in new, eco-friendly solutions to reduce environmental impact. At ege a greenhouse gas account is the launch for reduced CO2 emissions. A greenhouse gas account is an account for the company’s total emissions of CO2. ege’s greenhouse gas account, that documents the concerns contributing to global warming, is calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, developed by World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute. Successes on the sideline ege’s CFO, John Vestergaard thinks that composing a greenhouse gas account is a natural step for the company. “At ege, we are determined to take active responsibility for our impact on the environment. That is why environmental work is an integral part of our corporate philosophy, and the greenhouse gas account has made visible where to intervene to reduce CO2 emissions”. In a large production company CO2 emissions can be reduced by pressing many different buttons. The emissions come from natural gas, electricity, district heating, fuels for vehicles, plane travel etc. One of the biggest successes at ege is found in the kettle central, where new kettles were installed in 2008. In combination with two gas motors the new kettles deliver steam and heat for the production and heat for 45.000 m2 factory buildings. “The new plant has a far better efficiency than the old plant, which results in gas savings at 12-15 % per produced m2”, Factory manager Renno Rokkjaer tells. On a yearly basis this amounts to savings of 700 tonnes CO2. The eco-friendly initiative with new kettles also positively affects the physical working environment in the kettle central. According to Environmental Manager Jan Ladefoged the kettle central was previously characterised by intense degrees of heat, whereas today the temperature is close to room temperature, creating a far better working environment for employees in the kettle central. Openness is the way forward Even though there is increased focus on CO2 emissions from companies, only a few Danish production companies have published greenhouse gas accounts. However, ege welcomes the openness the greenhouse gas account induces and publish their greenhouse gas account once a year from now on. “With the greenhouse gas account we put everything out in the open, showing the general public that we take responsibility for our environmental impact and work actively to reduce our emissions”, Jan Ladefoged explains. ege’s greenhouse gas account for 2008/09 shows that the company’s has made a total reduction of 1.531 tonnes CO2, when both direct and indirect emissions are taken into account. This equals a reduction of 6,5 %. Requests for ege’s greenhouse gas account should be directed at Environmental manager Jan Ladefoged on phone no. + 45 97 11 88 11 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org