Energy Scouts from seven countries present their practical projects at the International Energy Scout Exchange Meeting

A total of 60 current and former Energy Scouts as well as Young Energy Europe fellows came together online on February 27 to learn more about selected practical projects from the current class of 2023.

Young Energy Europe project lead Max Junghanns welcomed the participants and then handed over to Sofie Geisel, CEO of DIHK Service GmbH. She emphasized that climate change does not stop at national borders and that this meeting should therefore be perceived as an unique opportunity for cross-border knowledge exchange. The European Energy Scout community has already uncovered enormous potential for energy savings and has made a significant contribution to increasing operational climate protection in their respective companies, she underlined. YEE Ambassador and CEO of AHK Croatia, Stefanie Ziska, praised the Energy Scouts as “pioneers for a more sustainable future”. In the countries of south-eastern Europe in particular, there is an increased need for energy efficiency measures to stabilize the energy supply and also to increase competitiveness, she emphasized. The Energy Scouts’ practical projects provide inspiring and transferable examples of this.

Sofie Geisel and Stefanie Ziska welcome the Energy Scouts and praise their commitment to greater energy efficiency in companies. (© DIHK/YEE)

This was followed by the project presentations of the twelve Energy Scout teams. In 4-minute short presentations, the Energy Scouts from a total of seven countries presented their customized concepts for saving energy and resources. They also provided insights into the implementation status of their projects. Many Energy Scout teams have already been able to start implementing their energy-saving projects and have either partially or fully realized them.

The Energy Scouts represented a wide range of industries, from vehicle manufacturers and automotive suppliers, an IT company, copper producers, manufacturers of packaging goods and cookware, pharmaceutical companies, an insurance company and an engineering office for planning and design. Thanks to the Energy Scouts’ diverse industry knowledge, everyone was able to benefit from the different perspectives and gain insights into ways of saving energy and resources in various areas of the company. The unifying goal always present: reducing consumption and costs in their companies as efficiently and sustainably as possible.

The Polish Energy Scouts of the software company Comarch are planning modernization measures to use the waste heat from the cooling system of the server room to heat water in the swimming pool of the building complex. (© DIHK/YEE)

In addition, the areas of photovoltaics and energy management, which are popular among Energy Scouts, dominated the practical projects presented. Nevertheless, a variety of topics were dealt with in the practical projects, including waste heat recovery, water consumption, ventilation, heating, mobility and process optimization.

Thanks to the varied areas of application, the two intensive hours full of inspiring and innovative ideas flew by. The exchange made it clear once again that Energy Scouts are true experts in developing individual solutions for increasing energy efficiency that are tailored to the diverse needs and requirements of their companies.

By installing PV systems, the Energy Scouts from Scheidt&Bachmann will achieve annual CO2 savings of 24 tons starting April 2024. ©DIHK/YEE