ectogrid™ connects customers with different thermal needs and utilises waste heating and cooling. This dramatically reduces overall energy consumption. E.ON is involved in several ectogrid™ projects: the European Spallation Source for Neutron Research (Lund, Sweden), Shamrockpark (Herne, Germany), and Stadtteilpark Hassel (Gelsenkirchen, Germany). The Hassel project, which will be built on the site of a former coking plant, will consist of 150 to 200 housing units in both single-family and multi-family configurations. Its electricity and heat will come from on-site renewable and carbon-neutral sources. Shamrockpark and Hassel are part of TransUrban.NRW, a sustainable urban development programme funded in part by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). TransUrban.NRW runs through 2025.
The programme’s achievements in 2020 included the development and adoption of a group-wide standard on HSE risk management, which comes into force on 1 January 2021. Also, we’re working on a group-wide standard for contractor management. Supported by outside experts, the Group HSE team developed a methodology for spot checks, an HSE format to analyse a unit’s HSE performance. It focuses on coaching and collaboration rather than finicky inspection. The first step is for a unit to fill out a questionnaire, which it then discusses with Group HSE in a virtual presence meeting before Group HSE representatives visit the unit’s facilities. Development will continue in 2021 and incorporate peer reviews and a self-assessment tool.
In 2021 E.ON made more progress installing a biomass-fired cogeneration plant at UPM Paper’s technologically advanced paper mill in Hürth, a suburb of Cologne, Germany. The plant, which is scheduled to become operational in the third quarter of 2022 (if Covid-19 restrictions allow), will produce climate-neutral steam for the mill and export about 20 MW of green electricity to the grid. E.ON will own and operate the plant for 30 years. It replaces a lignite-fired plant and will reduce UPM Paper’s annual carbon emissions by about 140,000 metric tonnes.
Another ectogrid™ project is MIND (Milano Innovation District). MIND will transform the 900,000 square-metre site of Expo 2015, located about 15 kilometres north of Milan, Italy, into a multi-use urban space. In December 2021 international property developer Lendlease and E.ON signed a project cooperation agreement to design and manage a sustainable energy solution for MIND based on ectogridTM technology. Installation started in 2021 and will continue in 2022.
Over 700 hours of Well-being Warrior activities were carried out in the first six months of the year. The programme will continue in 2021.
Green Innovation Park, an office complex to be built about 70 kilometres southwest of Stuttgart, Germany, will have an energy supply worthy of its name. E.ON is working with other strategic partners ranging from architects to engineering companies to design and install a range of climate-friendly on-site energy sources, including geothermal, cold district heating, cogeneration, and solar. The complex is designed to provide companies, start-ups, and scale-ups with innovative office space that meets high standards for sustainable construction, energy use, and digitalisation. Construction will begin in mid-2022 and run through 2030.
E.ON is enabling König brewery in Duisburg, Germany, to brew green, climate-neutral beer. The plan, which König approved in June 2021, is to pipe waste heat from a nearby power plant to provide thermal energy for brewing processes. This means that König won’t have to consume fuel – and emit carbon – to produce the heat itself. E.ON’s role is to install and manage the pipeline, which we expect to be operational in the second quarter of 2022. The project, which will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy under its energy-efficiency programme, will displace about 7,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
In March 2021 a state-of-the-art office building was unveiled in east-central Berlin. The building, which is actually a repurposed department store, meets about half of its heating and cooling needs sustainably. E.ON made this possible by installing a 200-metre heat exchanger in a nearby underground wastewater canal. Our solution enables the building to displace around 400 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
According to an oft-quoted business adage, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Zero.On, a software solution we developed in-house, enables our B2B customers to do just that: measure their total carbon emissions so that they adopt a data-driven approach to managing them. Data are displayed in a reportable format suitable for internal and external communications. The project started in 2021, and the solution is scheduled to be launched in 2022. Zero.On is another way we’re making good on our commitment to be customers’ partner of choice for decarbonisation solutions.