Consider it a win-win for businesses, the environment – and us.
In 2014, the German government and business organizations agreed to launch the Energy Efficiency Network. The goal: to set up 500 energy efficiency networks throughout the country by 2020, each with between 5 and 15 companies, to exchange ideas and experiences on boosting energy efficiency and thereby lowering energy costs.
At the end of last year, the network was proud to announce that it had reached the milestone of 200 such networks, which include a total of more than 1,800 companies and 22 industry networks. The 200th spot went to five car dealerships in Bavaria, which will optimize compressed air processes and improve the energy consumption of their showrooms by reviewing the heating and lighting systems.
According to one study, the networks have to date reached 105 percent of their savings goals on average. “The companies are achieving more together than they set out to,” says Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier. “In doing so, they send an important signal and show that a voluntary instrument in the business sector can make a significant contribution to achieving the energy and climate goals of the federal government.”