2021 Responsible Care® Competition of Germany’s VCI: WACKER Nünchritz site wins prize for Steam Roadmap

Munich, Jun 24, 2021

WACKER’s Nünchritz site was awarded the Responsible Care prize by the Northeast branch of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI). Site manager Dr. Jutta Matreux accepted the award at an online conference. With the prize the Chemical Association has honored the sustainable Steam Roadmap concept for efficient energy usage at the Nünchritz site’s integrated production system.

VCI’s Northeast branch awarded with the Responsible Care prize to site manager Jutta Matreux and her team for their energy efficiency measures at WACKER’s site in Nünchritz. Nünchritz – from left Sven Lüdeke (project engineer), Jürgen Peterle (engineer), Thomas Thiem (production assistant supply plants); right René Münch (head of Project Engineering).

Every year, the VCI confers the award on outstanding projects and responsible stewardship in the areas of health, safety, and the environment. The competition motto this year was “Our contribution toward climate protection.”

The 2021 Northeast regional winner selected by the VCI was WACKER’s Nünchritz site. Between 2016 and 2020, its integrated energy production system was further optimized, achieving a substantial increase in the heat recovery ratio. Thanks to our Steam Roadmap project, the Nünchritz site now recovers 70 percent of the energy used in the form of heating steam (from a base value of 62 percent in 2016). “Doing so has allowed us to reduce our use of primary energy (natural gas) at the Nünchritz cogeneration plant and lower the site’s annual CO2 emissions by over 30,000 metric tons,” explains site manager Jutta Matreux.

“The Responsible Care prize honors our efforts to find continuous sustainable improvements and innovations,” says Matreux. Having won in the Northeast, WACKER’s Nünchritz site now moves on to the VCI’s nationwide Responsible Care competition.

We have optimized the integrated energy production system at our Nüchritz site and achieved a substantial increase in the heat recovery ratio. Construction site manager Jürgen Peterle, project manager René Münch and plant manager Lutz Gruschinski (from left to right) at the 1,500-meter long steam main that closes the energy loop at the Nünchritz site.

About Responsible Care®

The global, voluntary chemical-industry initiative Responsible Care® is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Germany in 2021. Founding member WACKER has been on board since 1991. With this initiative, companies in the chemical industry promote sustainability, product stewardship, safety for production plants and neighborhoods, and improving environmental and health protection in the workplace.

In the Responsible Care competition, companies use examples from their own operations to demonstrate how they practice responsible stewardship in the chemical industry.


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