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Written by Hari   
Friday, 07 March 2008
Successful pilot project at TD Deutsche Klimakompressor GmbH

Munich/Bernsdorf. Rising energy costs and stricter climate-protection requirements pose new challenges for many enterprises. TÜV SÜD's "Energy Efficient Enterprise" certification supports companies in uncovering and utilizing optimization opportunities. The first certificate has been awarded to TD Deutsche Klimakompressor GmbH. The Toyota Industries subsidiary is the leading manufacturer of compressors used in car air-conditioning systems.

"Soaring energy costs are causing many companies to consider more efficient energy use", explains Dr Gerd Streubel, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, Dresden. "Investments in these areas firstly pay off in increasingly short periods and secondly, even minor measures, such as intelligent process optimization, may achieve considerable energy savings." By offering "Energy Efficient Enterprise" certification, TÜV SÜD experts help their customers find energy conservation opportunities in their production processes and building operations and take specific measures to cut energy consumption. In addition, companies can use certification and the TÜV SÜD Octagon to document their responsible approach to available energy resources.

Continuous improvement in energy management
In a pilot project at TD Deutsche Klimakompressor GmbH (TDDK), certification was implemented successfully for the first time. Since 26 February 2008, the world's leading manufacturer of compressors used in car air-conditioning systems has been the first "Energy Efficient Enterprise" certified as per the new TÜV SÜD standard. "We are a fast growing company", says Hagen Hesel in charge of building services systems at TDDK GmbH. "As production continues to expand, energy use and consumption are very hard to control." TDDK GmbH devotes technology and manpower in working towards continuous improvement of energy management and primary energy consumption. "Our new photovoltaics system installed on the roof of our production hall which will take up operation shortly is one example", says Hagen Hesel. For the Building Services Manager, the most important goal of TÜV SÜD certification was effective, high-profile documentation of savings already achieved and the high level of energy efficiency at TDDK.

Certification is based on a comprehensive energy audit carried out in line with the criteria of the "Energy Efficient Enterprise" TÜV SÜD standard. In this audit, experts started by analyzing actual energy use and existing energy conservation opportunities at TDDK. "The possibilities of unleashing these opportunities depend on local and company-specific framework conditions", explains Frank Schröter, auditor at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service. "We must, of course, take this factor into account when evaluating actual energy conservation opportunities." In addition to economic and technical feasibility, the company's willingness to boost energy efficiency also plays a major role. "Our audit revealed that TDDK has already done a lot to optimize energy efficiency", Schröter says in summarizing the result of his report. "In our opinion, only the heating and hot-water systems still offer considerable opportunities to optimize energy efficiency." Overall, possible energy savings at TDDK were clearly under 10 per cent and the company was highly motivated to strive for further optimization in this area. "TD Deutsche Klimakompressoren GmbH thus has clearly satisfied all certification requirements," notes Schröter. "It may now use the certificate and certification mark for two years, until it is due for a re-certification audit."

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