CO2-NEUTRAL: MOTORWORLD COMBINES HISTORY AND CLIMATE PROTECTION
Environmental and climate protection are becoming increasingly important. This is also a key issue for the Motorworld Group. All buildings developed, planned and built by the Dünkel corporate group are realised taking into account and utilising renewable energy sources. This also includes the Motorworld locations. Roger Kanzenbach, Head of Green Building, reports on these activities in an interview.
Mr. Kanzenbach, how green is Motorworld?
In principle, when we take into account the CO2 savings from our regenerative energy systems, Motorworld is climate-neutral. This means that we consume less CO2 than we actually save. Our energy consumption is permanently subject to energy efficiency measures, because the energy we don‘t use doesn‘t have to be generated and paid for.
Generally speaking, environmental protection and resource conservation are a permanent process for us. On our construction projects, we analyse life cycles and take recycling management into consideration. For example, it is better to avoid using disposable dishes so that less plastic waste is generated, even though it may otherwise have many advantages.
What is behind Motorworld‘s commitment?
Resource-saving planning is a tradition in our corporate group, which began many decades ago with the mining of gravel. In this area, for instance, land that we use for commercial purposes is subsequently restored to a cultivated state. But in other business areas too, climate protection targets and the recently introduced CO2 taxation motivate us to continuously optimise our processes and technologies. We want to make our contribution to achieving the set goals in line with our economic activities. We believe that we can all no longer just consume nature, but that we must produce and live in harmony with it. This is what our GREENENERGYWORLD division stands for. It is an essential pillar of our corporate group.
Transforming historical sites into green buildings – that‘s a real challenge, isn‘t it?
Our buildings were constructed using historical building materials that are no longer in use today. We also strive to bring historic buildings up to energy efficiency standards due to the constantly rising energy costs. This task is technically more exacting, more time-consuming, and also more expensive than a new building on a greenfield site.
For the entire team, it is a challenge to make every decision subject to resource consumption criteria. But we have to do this work and I am very satisfied with the results.
How are the locations made climate-neutral?
Each of our locations is individually assessed, although there are similar factors at all of them. We install photovoltaic systems, combined heat and power plants, LED lighting, or use district heating with a low primary energy factor resulting from the use of renewable energy.
Can you give us an example?
At our location in Munich, we currently have 350 kWp photovoltaic systems in operation. In 2020, we installed further 750 kWp photo- voltaic systems and combined heat and power plants with an output of 360 kWel, which will go into operation in the fourth quarter of 2020. In 2021, in Munich alone we will then generate around 2.6 million kWh electricity and save around 600 tons of CO2 per year.
Incidentally, we are currently investigating the CO2 consumption at our locations to compare it with our savings. To stay with our example: The results are already available for a part of Motorworld Munich. Despite a full event programme in 2019, CO2 emissions were offset with the existing photovoltaic system and the additional purchase of environmental project certificates, which support worthwhile projects. The opera- ting company of Motorworld München can therefore already designate itself as being climate-neutral this year after attaining certification. With the commissioning of further power generation systems during 2020, we will probably even be able to dispense with purchasing the certificates all together from 2021.