Schreiner Group hosts climate protection and energy efficiency day

09.11.2017

The energy efficiency day was organised by six trainees and Thomas Gulden, head of environment and work protection management at Schreiner Group (photo: Schreiner Group)
The energy efficiency day was organised by six trainees and Thomas Gulden, head of environment and work protection management at Schreiner Group (photo: Schreiner Group)

On 7 November, the Schreiner Group from Oberschleißheim, Germany, hosted an energy efficiency day on the occasion of the German action week “Climate Protection Wins”, which takes place simultaneously with the UN climate conference in Bonn. All employees of the family-run company were asked to pay attention to energy-efficient behaviour even more than usual, so that about 5000kWh less energy have been consumed than usual. 10% of these savings were donated by Schreiner Group to Plant-for-the-Planet, which amounts to 70 newly planted trees. Moreover, several activities informed the employees about a responsible resource management and motivated them to save more energy.

Environmental protection is not just a topic for countries, associations and NGOs, but also for the individual. Medium-sized companies as motors of innovation for the German economy play an important role here. For this reason, the Schreiner Group has been active in environmental protection for decades and it is member within Klimaschutz-Unternehmen e.V., a club dedicated to climate protection. Especially energy efficiency is an important focus of the group in all departments and processes – from purchasing to shipping.

Schreiner Group has increased its turnover by 40% in the last five years – at the same time the company managed to keep the energy consumption stable since 2009 and reached CO2 savings of 67% in the meantime. Thomas Gulden, head of environment and work protection, explains: “We have a comprehensive energy efficiency programme, use hydropower electricity, heat and cool by means of a geothermal plant and generate electricity by means of photovoltaics. Our new office building is completely designed as a green building.”

Everyone can and should make a contribution to climate protection; this is the credo of Schreiner Group. For this reason, the 1000 employees at the company headquarters near Munich were offered different activities around climate protection: The public transportation company MVG in Munich informed about the job ticket and public transportation as a climate-friendly and affordable alternative to the car; the cafeteria offered dishes with regional ingredients and during the “Green Hour”, an expert team evaluated and honoured energy efficiency ideas of the employees.

Roland Schreiner, managing director of Schreiner Group, concludes: “The action day is important, because we have the opportunity of emphasising the relevancy of active climate protection among our employees and collect new ideas for even more climate protection. It is mostly the ideas from inside the company that promote energy efficiency within a company and become factors for success in the long run.”
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