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Hamburg's industries link up to protect climate

Hamburg's "IVH Energy Efficiency Network" links up 15 firms to save 75,000 tons of CO2 p.a.

Fifteen large companies in Hamburg have set up the “IVH Energy Efficiency Network of Hamburg Industry” to jointly save 75,000 tons of CO2 every year by 2022. This concerted effort towards climate protection has been established under the auspices of Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment and Energy, and as part of the German Initiative for Energy Efficiency.

Saving 75,000 tons of CO2 annually

Industry accounts for almost 30 per cent of the city’s total CO2 emissions, said Kerstan. This holds huge potential for savings. “As patron of the new ‘IVH Energy Efficiency Network of Hamburg Industry’, I would like to encourage those involved to achieve the reduction target of 75,000 tonnes of CO2. I am optimistic that this can be surpassed by interacting in the new network,” he added. This will bring Hamburg even closer to the goals of the Climate Plan, which foresees halving CO2 emissions by 2030 over 1990.

15 energy-intensive companies

Matthias Boxberger, Chairman of the Hamburg Industry Association (IVH), stressed: “Industry is clearly committed to environmental and climate protection and is sending concrete signs for technology-based climate protection.” The fact that politicians are paying tribute to the industry’s voluntary commitment is particularly motivating for entrepreneurs. “In this way, politics and industry in Hamburg are jointly pursuing a successful path for the future of our industrial location and for our environment,” Boxberger added. The 15 partners to the network include Lufthansa Technik AG, Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Hamburger Hafen- und Logistik AG – all of which are energy-intense companies in the raw materials, petrochemical and automotive industries as well as the energy, logistics and research sectors.

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