Team 2

Machines also need a coffee break!

Project Update

Team 2: “By switching off equipment at off-peak times or when idle, it should be possible to save a large amount of energy in the lab and production areas. We want to make our employees aware of the potential energy savings if various devices are switched off when not in use. We have partially achieved this goal. Scheduling was difficult as it was almost impossible to agree on dates for meetings within the team. To ensure that our colleagues understood our idea, we created a poster illustrating our central theme: “Machines also need a coffee break!” By means of certain milestones, we aim to motivate employees by showing them that switching equipment off can actually do some good.”

Which aspects of your topic have already been implemented within the company?
So far, nothing has been implemented with regard to our topic. The whole team has had the opportunity to address the issue of energy conservation and obtain a better understanding of IGP’s energy consumption.

What are the reasons for the status quo?
The project has given us a lot more to consider than we originally thought. One issue was that we couldn’t get the information we wanted. We have not yet identified a way to raise awareness of this topic among our colleagues. Our production teams work in shifts and take regulated breaks, so finding a good time to inform these individuals will be difficult. That’s why we decided to use self-explanatory posters.

What was your highlight?
One of our highlights was that our group members stayed in touch despite major time constraints. Seeing the project take shape despite many setbacks was very rewarding.

What was your biggest hurdle?
We initially had trouble getting the data we needed and presenting it in a way that made sense.

What would you do differently next time?
We think our choice of topic wasn’t ideal due to our circumstances and level of knowledge. Which is why, next time, we would choose a topic that we can tackle and know more about.

What have you learned? What will you take away from this experience?
We learned that even minor electricity savings can make a real difference over the course of a year. From our findings, we concluded that shutting down the machines would only have a limited payoff. The devices are in standby mode when not in use, which means they consume very little energy. In addition, a calculation must always be made as to whether it’s actually worth switching off the machine.

“Every single person can start with small steps to make a big difference. For example, turning off lights, taking shorter showers, using public transport, etc.”

Our results at a glance …

Over the last few weeks our team has been identifying areas where IGP has the greatest potential to save energy or electricity. We are currently working on a poster that we have created ourselves to raise employee awareness of this issue. In addition, we are putting together a PowerPoint. We still have some unanswered questions and are waiting for a colleague to email us the answers. It’s great to see our project taking shape. We are working very well as a team and really enjoying the collaboration. We are confident that our machines will also be allowed to take “coffee breaks” in the future, thus saving energy.

We especially liked the atmosphere. The talks were very open and we felt comfortable. Some very good examples gave us a better understanding of the various structures and facts. We also got fantastic support from myclimate, who answered all our questions.

Team 2 is looking at possible energy saving measures at IGP. They have identified significant potential in the machines, systems, and devices that run permanently even when not in use. By switching off equipment at off-peak times or when they are idle, it should be possible to save a large amount of energy in the lab and production areas. In view of rising electricity prices, the team also views this as an interesting project for IGP from an economic perspective.

What do the Company Challenge and combating climate change mean to you?

“It’s our generation that will have to foot the bill if we’re going to meet our climate targets. I’m already trying to do something towards sustainability, for example by reducing my meat consumption. But I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about possible steps to ensure a bright future.”

“As young people, we have much less authority than adults, which makes fighting climate change more difficult. But I already watch my diet and buy durable products. Now I’m looking forward to seeing this topic through new eyes – for example, by evaluating our manufacturing processes.”

“The project is really making me think. I’m gaining a basic understanding of climate change and learning how we can work in a more environmentally friendly way as a company – and how I can do things in daily life that are good for the planet.”