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Blue Competence New Sustainability Label

| Editor: Doris Popp

With the same amount of energy that is consumed in chlorine-alkali electrolysis, you could supply enough energy to meet the needs of a small city.

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“Energy efficiency and sustainability are core issues.” Dr. York Fusch, Chairman of the VDMA Process Engineering section (left).
“Energy efficiency and sustainability are core issues.” Dr. York Fusch, Chairman of the VDMA Process Engineering section (left).
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Energy accounts for 60% of total cost during production of many basic chemicals. Energy-efficient machinery and process design along with techniques to conserve resources are not merely “nice to have”. They create a huge opportunity to reduce cost and protect the environment. Sustainable production techniques and products are not always recognizable as such at first glance. VDMA would like to change that. It has introduced a label which identifies participating firms as companies which put sustainability into practice.

However Blue Competence, the name of the new sustainability initiative which encompasses a number of VDMA trade groups and members, is more than just a label which companies can display. “Blue Competence defines credible criteria and standards which every organization that joins the campaign complies with,” explained Dr. York Fusch, Chairman of the VDMA Process Engineering section. The intention of VDMA is to create greater transparency and provide an orientation aid for anyone who is looking for sustainable solutions and products or companies which put sustainability into practice.

It is important to keep in mind that the initiative is not merely market-driven. The EU is currently applying pressure and is creating directives relating to energy-efficient drives and equipment. The eco directive for pumps is one example.

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