Pioneer in systematic energy management

As the world’s first company in the porcelain industry, BHS has been certified in accordance with testing guideline DIN EN ISO 50001 since 2012. We were therefore meeting the requirements of the Energy Service Act (EDL-G) and engaging in systematic energy management long before it became mandatory. Consistent monitoring helps us tap into and boost efficiency potential. The improved synchronisation of four compressors e.g. has resulted in an energy saving of around 20%. Today, the energy consumption of every single machine can be analysed to identify optimisation opportunities in a targeted manner.

Since 2011, BHS has also been certified in accordance with the international standard for environmental management systems DIN EN ISO 14001:2015 for the purposes of systematically managing environmental conservation requirements. With a view to always being up to date with statutory and social requirements, BHS is a member of various committees and associations, such as Arbeitskreis Arbeitssicherheit und Umwelt and Erfahrungskreis Energie of the German Association of the Ceramic Industry (VKI). To ensure that all production processes run without posing risks to employees and the environment, BHS has regulated relevant processes in a management handbook, delegated responsibilities and conducts training on a regular basis.

Ecology and economics go hand in hand

We have executed projects revolving around sustainable economic activity, both internally and in collaboration with associated companies, institutions and universities. Our employees have been collaborating with renowned research institutes in projects aiming to improve environmental and energy aspects for a long time. Some of these projects have been funded by public authorities, and some have even been awarded prizes. For example, we succeeded in fully recycling all raw and intermediate materials. Another important project involved the reduction of raw material consumption by means of increasing the yield of finished products. Projects seeking to save energy and water feature in our environmental programme on a regular basis.

“By simply existing, we will always have an impact on the environment due to material conversion using energy. It is therefore not possible to produce goods or services in a way that does not impact the environment. Our task is to optimise the efficiency of our activities, i.e. managing with the lowest possible amount of resources and energy.”

Kurt Krebs
+ 49 (0) 961 82-3209
krebs.k@bhs-tabletop.de Kurt Krebs, Head of Energy, Work Safety and Environment

Green Pioneer

As a responsible company, we see it as our duty to have the lowest possible impact on the environment in the production of our products and manage with a minimum amount of energy. This is no easy feat in an extremely energy-intensive process, such as the firing of porcelain.

That’s why BHS has been relying on the expertise and ideas of its employees since 2011. With the motto ‘Green pioneers wanted’, a competition is held each year during which suggestions for improvement in the area of environmental management and sustainability are put forward. All related ideas of employees are collected separately and discussed, analysed and honoured at the end of the year by our jury. First and foremost, Green Pioneer is not about economic feasibility and the amount of potential savings, but imagination.

Autonomous, highly efficient energy production

After the cogeneration unit was installed in the DLZ in Selb in 2013, another cogeneration unit was put into operation with buffer storage and an exhaust heat exchanger at the Schönwald site in 2016. In future, approximately 70% of the overall electricity and heat requirement will be self-generated. All radiators in the office complex and logistics are now connected to the heating system and are exclusively supplied with waste heat from the cogeneration units. In the Schönwald factory all production facilities are supplied with steam and the entire hot water system (cleaning areas) as well as radiators are operated via the cogeneration unit.