Ceramic Industry

H.C. Starck Sustainable Energy Management System Receives Certification

May 21, 2010
The certification recognizes the company for its continuous improvement of energy efficiency and the systematic optimization of energy flows.

H.C. Starck is one of the first companies in Germany to receive certification for the sustainable energy management system it introduced at its production site in Goslar/Germany.

The certification in compliance with DIN EN 16001 recognizes the company for its continuous improvement of energy efficiency and the systematic optimization of energy flows. The implemented systems and processes to improve energy efficiency have been assessed and validated by the GUTcert certification organization.

Environmental protection and systematic energy management are top priorities at H.C. Starck. As part of its sustainable energy policy, the company has introduced a number of measures to reduce energy consumption and the associated costs. With the implementation of an energy management system, the special processes of energy economy are integrated into the existing management systems. The centralization of all supply and disposal activities allows a comprehensive overview.

“After raw material and personnel costs, energy is the third largest cost factor in the company,” said Andreas Meier, Ph.D., chairman of the H.C. Starck executive board. “We see the introduction of the energy management system as an investment in the future and an integral part of a sustainable and environmentally acceptable corporate policy for H.C. Starck. We are extremely proud to be one of the first companies in Germany to achieve this certification.”

According to Jan Uwe Lieback, Ph.D., managing director of GUTcert and head auditor in the certification process, “The assessment showed that energy management has been firmly established at H.C. Starck for years. With its EnMS based on DIN EN 16001, H.C. Starck has introduced a well-defined management process to identify and evaluate potential for savings and to continuously improve energy management,” Lieback said. “With the help of this systematic process, new potential can be detected and adapted again and again. Already, shortly after starting up the formal system and its internal communication, many new ideas for further energy saving potential began to be investigated.”

The basis for the creation and use of an efficient energy provision, as reflected in DIN EN 16001, is to know the main energy consumers in the company and their influence. For this, the operational processes must be transparent and continuously documented. DIN EN 16001 defines a structure for an operational energy management system. As a means to increase energy efficiency, it identifies the requirements of an integrated system so that companies can continuously improve their energy performance by ongoing measures.

For more information, visit www.hcstarck.com or www.gut-cert.de.