Climate neutrality – Groundbreaking on the Mediterranean
Climate neutrality: recipe for success
Groundbreaking on the Mediterranean
Take the energy of 300 days of sunshine per year and pour it into approx. 1,600 solar panels. That is the recipe for success in energy self-sufficiency at our location in El Puig, Spain. With its comprehensive photovoltaic system, the facility will achieve climate-neutral operations in the course of this year, thus laying the cornerstone for the energy conversion of further locations.
At the El Puig site – part of the steel service network of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe – 30% of the needed electricity is already being supplied by 12 inverters and 741 installed solar panels. Another 800 solar panels will be brought online in 2023. Over the course of the year, this warehouse location near Valencia will generate more than enough energy to meet its own requirements, and will feed the surplus power into the regional electricity grid. This will make El Puig the first branch of thyssenkrupp Materials Services to cover 100% of its energy needs in a sustainable manner.
Status: nearly 50% installed
Integrated approach to sustainability
Going back to 2017, the El Puig team has implemented numerous measures to reduce energy consumption at the site. Through LED lighting systems, compressors, and electric forklifts, the employees at the location have already achieved energy savings of 20% – and plan to introduce further measures in the future.
As a member of the ResponsibleSteel initiative, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe is actively committed to increasing the use of CO2-reduced primary material. Beyond this, the team at the El Puig location is working to reforest the wooded area on la Patà, a hill in the town, and is also engaged in social issues in the framework of its joint educational initiative FEDA Madrid. The foundation promotes the dual education system in Spain as well as the Starkid School in Kenya, which provides educational support to children from preschool to school graduation.