Group-wide energy management system introduced at AGRAVIS

The bulky certificate is 32-pages thick: 487 sites of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG and its subsidiaries and associated companies have successfully achieved DIN EN ISO 50001 certification. This means that the AGRAVIS Group is officially certified as having successfully introduced an energy management system energy management system.

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Andreas Rickmers, Chairman of the Managing Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG (left) and Christian Lux, Head of the Energy Management division of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG in Group Services.Group-wide energy management system introduced at AGRAVIS
Andreas Rickmers, Chairman of the Managing Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG (left) and Christian Lux, Head of the Energy Management division of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG in Group Services.

“The energy management system identifies where there are opportunities to systematically cut energy costs and energy-related environmental pollution on a sustainable basis. This certification also significantly helps raise awareness of the importance of energy in our corporate group and boosts efficiency and profitability” emphasises Andreas Rickmers, Chairman of the Managing Board of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG. For AGRAVIS’s CEO, this is an important milestone on the road towards ensuring sustainable growth of the agriculture trading and service company.

The system has many advantages

The energy management system according to ISO 50001 offers other benefits. “We are making all the energy consumption figures of individual sites transparent and can thus identify specific cost saving potentials,” says Christian Lux, Head of the Energy Management division of AGRAVIS AG in Group Services. Energy use and efficiency can be systematically improved based on this information. “This makes an important contribution towards process optimisation,” explains Lux.

One focus of internal environmental and sustainability activities

Since 2009, AGRAVIS has been concerned with the issue of energy management which is one focus of its internal environmental and sustainability activities sustainability activities. Prior to 2013, certification in accordance with the then applicable standard was entirely optional – almost a “voluntary exercise” for company sites. Certification became mandatory in 2013. The energy management system was initially introduced in AGRAVIS feed plants. It was then rolled out to central locations and all other AGRAVIS companies in 2015 and energy management was systematised on their properties. The reason for this is the implementation of the European Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED) into German law. The Federal Government’s overriding goal of a 20% reduction between 2010 and 2020 is to be achieved through this directive.

A lot of work pays off

The introduction process entailed a massive amount of work; all the energy sources and energy processes at individual sites were recorded. AGRAVIS uses electricity, gas and diesel as well as self-generated electricity produced by energy sources such as solar PV and CHP systems. A comprehensive list of sources of energy consumption, ranging from light bulbs through to cereal intake, together with measurements and calculations, was then used to systematically identify cost-effective efficiency projects.

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