Energy for tomorrow - with sustainable management
Climate protection is one of the top priorities on the district’s agenda. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent and final energy demand by 50 percent by the year 2050. Whether promoting electromobility or providing energy consulting, the district implements a range of appropriate ecological and economic measures that make a contribution to climate protection and relieve the burden on companies, where increasing energy prices are an increasingly important economic factor.
After all, the companies in Osnabrück District are responsible for around 37 percent of regional energy consumption. They thus incur annual costs amounting to 290 million Euro. This significant economic factor, in conjunction with a growing awareness for climate protection issues, gave rise to a unique project. The district's Climate Initiative and the economic development agency WIGOS have joined forces with the Centre of Excellence for Energy and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences to launch the project “Information and Planning Portal Industrial Waste Heat”, a.k.a PInA, as a pioneering, practical approach to the use of energy. It addresses the utilisation of industrial process energy.
PInA: pioneering utilisation of energy
Drying, melting, forging: industrial production processes such as these generate lots of heat that often simply goes to waste. When all is said and done, process heat accounts for around 57 percent of energy consumption in the commercial and industrial sector. “PInA”, the information and planning portal industrial waste heat, wants to facilitate systematic use of this waste heat, thus making a sustainable contribution to protecting the climate. The project is being funded by the Metropolitan Region Northwest.
The key element of “PInA” is an online planning portal containing a complete chart of heat supply and demand, thus providing information about the total effective waste heat potential of the economic region. For local authorities, this is a planning instrument for bringing together “heat givers” and “heat takers”. Companies can find out where heat is needed in the vicinity and where process heat can be fed into the system.
The innovative climate protection project is already being put to successful use. Ostercappeln for example has implemented the Venne local heating network. An energy cooperate has been founded in this context to procure waste heat directly from Meyer wafer factory in Venne. Waste heat is an economic resource that provides heating for a nearby residential area. The project is evidence of how well climate protection and economic profitability supplement each other.
Energy consulting by WIGOS
Companies in the region can find good advice about energy efficiency from WIGOS. In its spontaneous consulting sessions, WIGOS acts as partner for the Climate Protection and Energy Agency Lower Saxony, providing qualified energy consulting that also includes an indication of funding possibilities. This special service already boasts positive results for the economy and the environment. For example, corresponding consulting and subsequent modification of the firing process led to annual savings of 1,802,072 kilowatt hours of energy for roof tile factory KDW Natrup-Hagen. The company received 200,000 Euro in funds from the state of Lower Saxony for investing in resource efficiency. In this particular case, the special service provided by WIGOS also has sustainable benefits for the environment: the company now emits 462 fewer tonnes of CO₂ each year.
Electromobility is another factor in sustainable emission reduction. To promote the expansion of this future technology, the district commissioned Osnabrück University of Applied Science with a review of the potential for electromobility in the region. The research project “2AutoE” examines to what extent it would be a practical solution for people in the region to use electric vehicles as their second car. By the way, in this context the district acts as role model, running a fleet of environmentally friendly electric cars for its employees.
Osnabrück District - The Heart of Germany's North West