Manitowoc Foodservice / Ovens & Advanced Cooking Convotherm and Merrychef brands
Dr. Martin Behle
Convotherm, a division of Manitowoc Foodservice operating in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, provides employment opportunities, supports the local community, and preserves the environment. The company focuses on energy efficiency in operations first with programs to reduce energy use and the company’s environmental footprint. Manitowoc has also pioneered the practice of using renewable energy from locally plentiful materials in a creative collaboration with its neighboring community.
Manitowoc partnered with the Village of Eglfing to construct a power plant to produce steam from local renewable resources. The plant began producing steam within two years, creating energy with by-products from local crop and dairy farming: wood chips and other forest/farming residue. These carbon-neutral fuels replace the traditional fossil fuels (natural gas and oil) as the primary means of producing hot water at the power plant. The steam produced by the power plant is used at the Manitowoc manufacturing facility and also by approximately 50 private households in the area. As the next logical step towards carbon neutral manufacturing, in 2012 Manitowoc increased sustainability by receiving all electricity from hydroelectric power plants—guaranteed by the regional energy supplier.
In addition, Manitowoc focuses on sustainability in packaging and paper materials at the Eglfing facility. The company requires suppliers to increasingly or exclusively use reusable packaging for raw materials delivered to the factory; many suppliers now use containers that are returned to them for reuse. The facility also uses office paper with the Nordic Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel and requires suppliers of marketing publications and packaging materials to use paper and packaging material from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or similarly certified sources.
Using the alternate fuel heating plant and the hydroelectric power supply saved approximately 1,000,000 kilograms of CO2 annually. For Manitowoc, the local efforts in Eglfing contributed to the corporation’s total results for the most recent reporting period. Carbon emissions from company facilities decreased 6% in 2010, following a 13.9% decrease in the previous reporting period (when adjusted for improved data collection and divestitures). Also, energy conservation measures resulted in an annual savings of 4,597,600 kilowatt hours (3.3% of usage) of electricity, and 268,950 therms (3.0% of usage) of natural gas.