Environmental & climate protection
Environmental protection through energy management
Messer develops and builds its own air separation units. Energy efficiency is just as much a key factor in their design as in the inexpensive acquisition of the energy used to operate these production plants. Messer’s goal is to reduce the specific energy consumption of our air separation units over the long term by an average of 0.7 % per year. This will be achieved through better utilization of our production plants, continuous investment in even more efficient plants, and projects specifically designed to increase energy efficiency. Since 2014, our own Global Energy Officer (GEO) has been in charge of energy management in the Messer organization. Specific energy consumption at the Messer Group including the Western European subsidiaries was reduced by 1.6 % compared with 2018. The 2020 fiscal year will mark the first time that the corresponding data will be available for Messer in North and South America. In 2019, our production facilities consumed 10.2 TWh of electricity worldwide. In 2019, the electrical power consumption of the Messer Group including Western Europe was 5.8 TWh, versus 5.2 TWh in 2018. That 0.6-TWh increase (+11.2 %) was attributable to the start-up of new air separation units and the improved utilization of existing plants, especially in Asia (+0.3 TWh) and Europe. Messer in North and South America consumed 4.4 TWh of electricity in 2019. Optimizing electricity procurement includes calls for tenders throughout Europe, long-term framework agreements, and the continuous monitoring of futures and spot markets. A central electricity procurement unit at Messer Group GmbH supports and advises our national subsidiaries on buying electricity and carries out regular checks of their electricity costs as part of a comparative analysis. The use of renewable energy is also checked on a regular basis.