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Together with five other companies, District Administrator Christian Bernreiter invited us on July 19, 2021, to ceremoniously present the certificates for the Bavarian Environmental and Climate Pact. The presentation of the certificate was on behalf of the State Minister for the Environment, Thorsten Glauber. The presentation took place at the Deggendorf District Office. General Manager Gerald Watzl accepted the certificate on behalf of Hacker Feinmechanik GmbH.
Hacker Feinmechanik has been a member of the Bavarian Environmental Pact since 2007. With constant commitment and new projects, we were again rewarded with a certificate. Here is an insight into some of our environmental and climate projects:
In 2015, a large part of the fluorescent tubes in the halls were replaced by LED lighting, reducing the total electricity consumption for lighting by about 40% (84,000 kWh). Fluorescent tubes are gradually being replaced by LED lighting in all refurbishment and new construction projects. Currently, fluorescent tubes were replaced with LED lighting during the modernization of assembly and office spaces in 2019. In 2021, the last sections of the operating spaces will be equipped with LED lighting.
In 2019, a compressed air management system was put into operation, which optimally regulates the use of all air compressors in the plant according to energy efficiency criteria. In addition, a new, more efficient compressor was procured and the compressed air distribution system was flow-optimized. In total, the electricity consumption for compressed air was thus reduced by approx. 50,000 kWh p.a. (-14%).
In mid-2019, another photovoltaic system with an output of 200 kWp was put into operation. Together with the previous system, the PV systems on the roofs of Hacker Feinmechanik GmbH can produce up to 570 kWp of electricity for on-site consumption. This means that Hacker Feinmechanik GmbH can now cover over 20% of its energy needs with solar power generated on site. The savings in climate-damaging CO2 through use of the PV electricity amount to approx. 320 to. per year.
Since 2018, the sole shareholder of Hacker Feinmechanik GmbH, Karl Hacker, now manages 5 ha of local orchards. The meadow orchards provide a valuable habitat for many animal and plant species. From the yields, about 3,000 liters of certified organic apple and pear juice were pressed in 2019 and even around 9,000 litres in 2020. The extracted Hacker juice is available to employees free of charge all year round at five juice stations in the company.