Mitsubishi Hitec Paper Europe
ChePap Rhine-Ruhr Energy Efficiency Network again successful

13.11.2020 The energy efficiency network ChePap Rhine-Ruhr has once again achieved a positive balance. After having already achieved considerable energy savings in 2016 to 2018 through close cooperation, the second period from 2018 to 2020 also produced positive results with 14 companies from the NRW chemicals and paper industry.

ChePap Rhein-Ruhr continues its success story.
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ChePap Rhein-Ruhr continues its success story.

In addition to the 158 million kilowatt hours of energy saved per year from the first term, an additional 113 million kilowatt hours per year have now been saved. The savings from the current round correspond to a CO2 reduction of 36 477 tonnes per year - the CO2 footprint of 3500 German citizens.

Networking pays off

This great success shows that it is worthwhile to tackle innovations and implement them within the framework of networking. Because one thing is clear: many obvious savings have been implemented for years in energy-intensive sectors such as the chemical and paper industries. However, further synergies can be achieved through mutual exchange between companies and sectors. The German government's energy efficiency network initiative with trade associations provides an excellent basis for this.

Hans-Jürgen Mittelstaedt, managing director of VCI NRW: "The renewed large savings clearly show how valuable the network continues to be for company representatives. We therefore plan to set up ChePap for another two years. Especially in the near future, companies will have to set the course on the way to greenhouse gas neutrality. It is therefore important to be able to discuss ideas and possible solutions with colleagues in the network. I am already looking forward to ChePap III."

Martin Drews, managing director of the North Rhine-Westphalian Paper Industry Association adds: "It is precisely the exchange beyond industry boundaries that offers decisive added value for the participants. Companies from the paper industry can benefit from innovative savings opportunities and business ideas from the chemical industry and vice versa. We therefore welcome the continuation of the successful cooperation in the coming year."

Cross-industry networking

Gerd Finkenhofer, energy officer of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, explains: "In addition to the concrete energy saving targets and results that are necessary for the success of the national energy turnaround, I would particularly like to emphasise the cross-industry networking. This year, all energy-intensive companies had to convert their energy management systems to a revised standard according to DIN EN ISO 50001:2018. Targeted specialist presentations at our network meetings and the forum for exchange were therefore of great importance to me. At the beginning of October, for example, we were able to successfully implement the intended re-certification of the energy management system, which will be certified for the first time in 2011.”