Energy management - an example How management systems contribute to the systemisation of sustainable conduct in companies is shown by our approach to improving energy efficiency, on which a separate Gira project team has been focusing since 2014. "We want to introduce an Energy Management System in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001. A great deal of preparatory work has already been achieved through our Quality Management System and also through our Environmental Management System. This is an excellent basis to build upon," comments Dietmar Daszkiewicz, Head of Facility Management. The team is currently gaining a systematic overview of all energy consumption in the company and its individual divisions. By the end of December 2015 we had examined all major consumers – around 60 to 100 systems – and evaluated their energy consumption.
Boosting efficiency Based on the consumption measurements and analysis, the team develops methods to improve energy efficiency in the company. To this purpose Gira has already started initial projects, such as switching to LED lighting. Last year, one production hall was therefore already fully re-equipped with energy-saving and long-lasting lamps. This new measure alone means a reduction in energy costs of around 20,000 euros a year. At the same time the reduction in energy requirements means lower carbon dioxide emissions. Currently, the replacement of lamps in the next production hall is being planned. At the beginning of 2016, systematic monitoring and energy optimisation of additional building facilities will be included, with particular emphasis on heating, ventilation and cooling. To drive the overall development of the Energy Management System further forwards, an Energy Manager is to be appointed in the near future.