The aim of the “Carbon Busters” award is to support committed young people in finding new ideas and ways to solve challenges in the field of the environment and sustainability and to implement them in independent projects. The possibilities for raising emission-side savings potential are extremely diverse and range from process optimization to energy-saving measures and IT solution approaches to raising awareness among the workforce. Even the smallest changes can have a big impact.
Since this competition fits perfectly into our GoGreen250 sustainability strategy with the overarching goal of CO2 neutrality by 2029, we did not hesitate, approached the trainees and got a great team together. The Kurtz Ersa team, consisting of the five trainees Anton Siemon, Alissa Reuber, Johannes Heroth, Marius Rösch and Antonin Hepp, independently developed a concept by the end of February 2023 on how the CO2 footprint of Kurtz Ersa Hammer Academy GmbH can be significantly reduced. This includes ideas for CO2 reduction through efficient buildings in the form of modern building management systems (BMS), photovoltaics with organic battery storage, rainwater cisterns for irrigation and toilet flushing, a heat pump system capable of heating and cooling, and mobility solutions. The apprentice team of the Kurtz Ersa Group, which was technically supported by Sustainability Expert Eric Ullrich, created a self-produced video as well as an extensive project report for the award participation.
Once again, many well-known and large companies participated in the competition this year. “We are delighted with our motivated trainees who are committed to ensuring that our company generates as few CO2 emissions as possible. Congratulations to our winners on a fantastic third place and congratulations also to the winning teams from Lenze Austria GmbH (1st place) and SMS group GmbH (2nd place) – we need successful approaches like this at all levels of the company so that this can have a big impact across the board,” said Kurtz Ersa CFO Thomas Mühleck.
The results of this project flow directly into our GoGreen250 sustainability initiative and are to form a kind of standard for future construction projects in order to plan, construct and operate new buildings as energy-efficiently as possible.