Greater climate protection thanks to combined heat and power plant at Dätwyler site in Italy
Dätwyler has launched a combined heat and power plant at its production site in Pregnana/Milan to create a more efficient supply of electricity and heat. With the help of the new environmentally friendly method of heating/cooling, the company will achieve a CO2 reduc-tion of 900 tons per year.
The combined heat and power plant distinguishes itself by its combined generation of electricity, heat and cooling by using a single resource: natural gas. It is designed to cover the energy requirements of the entire production site and it will significantly increase energy efficiency. Thanks to this system, the Dätwyler plant in Pregnana, Milan, is able to produce its own electricity and can therefore reduce the amount of electricity from the public network by more than 70% per year. This cost saving also results in an economic benefit in the long term.
"In our efforts to use resources optimally and sparingly, the combined heat and power plant offers a great potential that we want to take advantage of," says Dirk Lambrecht, Group CEO. "The facility represents a contribution toward the sustainable, climate-friendly production of our products".
CO2 emissions reduced by 900 tons
Following a construction phase of approximately 12 months and a CHF 1.7 million investment, the plant was put into operation in October 2019. The combined heat and power plant works on the principle of cogeneration and is the most efficient form of energy production available at the mo-ment. The reduction in CO2 emissions amounts to around 900 tons per year. The installed system extends over 100m2 and supplies more than 7000 MWh of electricity. Around 3000 MWh of heating and cooling capacity are generated each year as well. This is used to regulate the temperature of the production site. The facility can be expanded, if required. The Dätwyler plant in Pregnana, Milan, employs around 290 people and produces high-quality sealing solutions for the pharmaceutical in-dustry.
Responsible use of natural resources
Dätwyler takes care to make responsible use of natural resources and endeavours to minimize the impacts of its production facilities and components on people and the environment. Among other things, this is reflected by the fact that the Dätwyler Group aims to exceed the environmental regulations at its production sites and has public goals for reducing relative resource consumption per sales unit. As a member of the UN Global Compact since 2009, Dätwyler has already undertaken to adhere to the ten principles in the fields of human rights, labour practices, environmental protection, and anti-corruption at a global level and to fulfil its social responsibility. Dätwyler reports on the pro-gress of its sustainability activities in an annual sustainability report in accordance with the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative.
Dätwyler Group (www.datwyler.com)
The Dätwyler Group is a focused industrial supplier with leading positions in global and regional market seg-ments. With its technological leadership and customized solutions, the Group delivers added value to custom-ers in the markets served. Dätwyler concentrates on markets that offer opportunities to create more value and sustain profitable growth. The Sealing Solutions Division is a leading supplier of customized sealing solutions to global market segments, such as the health care, automotive and general industries. The Technical Compo-nents Division is one of Europe’s foremost high-service distributors of maintenance, electronic, automation and ICT components and accessories. With some 50 operating companies, sales in over 100 countries and more than 8,000 employees, the Dätwyler Group generates annual revenue of more than CHF 1,300 million. The Group has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1986 (security number 3048677).
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