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The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) values sustainability project on federal level

Nagel apprentices are the best energy scouts in Germany

Five apprentices from the branch Borgholzhausen have shown how sustainable activities reduce costs. With their project that contributes to the reduction of power consumption for refrigeration, they ranked first in the federal competition in Berlin organised by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

It was a solemn moment, when Juliane Ermshausen, Michelle Krämer, Pia Manke, Nathalie Schuster and Natalie Sphor Vidal received the first prize. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry, and Thomas Meyer, Vize President of the Association of German Chambers of Indusry and Commerce (DIHK) acknowledged Germany's best energy scout projects 2018 - and the logistics recruits of the Nagel-Group won in the category "Large Companies". DIHK praised the prizewinning projects: "All winner teams have implemented excellent projects within their companies to ensure greater energy and resource efficiency". On Thursday, 28 June the apprentices and Caroline Eurlings, Training Manager at the branch Borgholzhausen travelled to our capital city, where the award ceremony took place. "I am very proud of them and also glad that their achievements are appreciated in such way", explains Caroline Eurlings.

Saving energy consumption of 50 four-person households

With their project, the five apprentices showed that sustainable activites not only protect resources, but also reduce costs. Their project approach was clearly established: by means of an energy-efficient loading strategy on weekends, it is possible to achieve saving potentials which correspond to an annual energy consumption of 50 four-person households. In total approx. 250,000 kilowatt hours.

Already in spring 2017, the logistics recruits have developed their issue. Afterwards, the loading strategy has been examined carefully on the weekend over a period of several months in Borgholzhausen and comprehensive data material has been collected. Based on this principle, they developed an alternative process that protects resources and significantly reduces costs.

Evidence of the practical apprenticeship

"The energy scout project has been an intensive and in particular an instructive project which provides impressive figures", says Caroline Eurlings. This is also confirmed by the Branch Manager of Borgholzhausen: "The apprentices did a superb job. This shows once again that an apprenticeship at the Nagel-Group is practical-oriented and that also apprentices have already the opportunity to get involved and assume responsibility".

This innovative idea convinced both managers and employee representatives. At this stage, the implementation has been launched on a joint basis. In the meantime, this idea has already passed its baptism of fire in practice and advanced to a successful process within the operational day-to-day-business.

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