Energy management

Calculate consumptions – improve efficiency

Forward-looking, organised and systematic are three important characteristics of AGRAVIS energy management.

AGRAVIS has introduced an energy management system as per ISO 16001 or, more recently, as per ISO 50001. A core element in such a system is, first of all, to map all energy inputs and consumptions. Consumptions and processes are then analysed with the aim of producing recommendations for saving energy or improving energy efficiency. This information is then submitted to executive management, so that they can make a decision. The measures and action plans that they decide on are monitored on a consistent basis.

Core objectives of the AGRAVIS sustainability programme

One core objective of the AGRAVIS sustainability programme is the efficient use of energy resources, i.e. a reduction in the energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions arising from business activities. AGRAVIS has managed to reduce energy intensity in its compound feed plants over recent years, as documented in its Sustainability Report. This improvement is, firstly, due to optimised capacity utilisation at its production sites. Secondly, the measures to increase energy efficiency continually developed and implemented in the plants help to reduce consumption. Since production facilities have often expanded over time, it is seldom possible to apply the same measures to all plants directly. They are adapted to the site conditions on an individual basis.

Measures include investments in modern technology or improvement to capacity utilisation, for example. Energy efficiency in the production process has been increased by eliminating steam generation and using combined heat and power generation and installing a heat recovery system instead. Conveyor technology has been replaced and peak loads reduced. Secondary processes have included switching lighting to LEDs and introducing intelligent light control. An energy management system has helped to develop such means of systematically reducing energy costs and energy-related environmental impact using a targeted approach: a complex but worthwhile process.

This certification also helps enormously to raise energy awareness in the AGRAVIS corporate group and increase operating efficiency.

  • Natural fuel resources are finite. That is why AGRAVIS takes a responsible approach to its use of the energy produced from such fuels.
  • AGRAVIS ensures progress thanks to targeted investments in maintaining, modernising and further developing energy efficiency in equipment and systems.
  • It is every employee’s duty to take an energy-aware approach to their actions. AGRAVIS asks all employees to come up with and be supportive of energy efficiency innovations.
  • AGRAVIS makes every effort to use energy more efficiently at all times – either by reducing energy input or by making better use of energy sources.
  • AGRAVIS is improving its future competitiveness by implementing measures in research and development to increase energy efficiency.

Energy management is an integral part of all decision-making processes in the company.

AGRAVIS undertakes to increase its energy efficiency on an ongoing basis. The AGRAVIS Group's different fields of activity require different energy goals in the individual group units. The group units agree on reasonable such goals with their superiors and establish binding definitions, which are documented in the systems designated for this purpose.

Regular checks are performed to ensure that...

  • The requirements imposed by relevant legal obligations, industrial standards and other regulations are taken into account and met.
  • Processes to continually improve energy-related performance are consistently implemented.
  • The required human-resource, structural and financial conditions exist.
  • All the information required for this energy policy is provided.
  • All employees are involved in the implementation of the energy management system and responsibilities are clearly defined for it.
  • Energy efficiency is checked when services and products (raw materials, additives, machines and similar) are acquired.
  • Energy data and energy influencing factors are identified and checked on a regular basis.
  • Regular audits check how effective energy management systems are.
  • This energy policy is appropriate in relation to the type and extent of energy use and consumption and is updated when needed.