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Responsible management of Energy

Responsible management of Energy

Our policy on the rational management of energy is mainly expressed by our self-commitment to holding regular audits of our activities in our industrial facilities and RES plants, as well as in our corporate headquarters, in accordance with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management International Standard.

Our key priority is to set annual targets for controlling and reducing the consumption of energy, primarily in our production plants.

In the aluminium production line, which together with the asbestos production line are the Company’s two biggest electricity consumers, the energy-saving plans currently under implementation comprise the following:

  • Daily checks of the quality of work.
  • Daily and weekly checks of the quality of alumina.
  • Mobilisation and sensitisation of the personnel involved in the respective processes.
  • Optimisation of parameters.
  • Timely identification of problem-prone components.
  • Improvement of equipment and techniques through research and experimentation (“trial-and-error”).

An important initiative that we took in order to help reduce the consumption of direct energy by the aluminium processing plant was the supply of ALUMINIUM OF GREECE plant with high-pressure steam from the Company’s new 334 MW gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant, as a result of which the company’s Power Section, previously responsible for securing the power needed, was closed down.

In the Energy sector, we are strategically positioned, promoting the development of new business activities in the energy sector in Greece by operating the largest independent power production capacity, and we make substantial investments in RES plants (wind, hydro and solar). Our key activities in the Energy sector are carried out by PROTERGIA S.A. and include the following:

  • The production of electricity primarily from thermal plants.
  • The production of electricity from RES plants.
  • The development of RES projects.

These investments seek to balance the ever-increasing demand for electricity, to help achieve Greece’s contractual obligations which call for an increase in “green” energy (in line with the EU target for an increase of the share of RES in final energy consumption to 20% by the year 2020), and to reduce gas pollutants whose emissions contribute to the greenhouse effect.

In the EPC Projects sector, we take initiatives whose aim is to ensure the rational management of energy and to allow savings in energy, such as the following:

  • Replacement of plant and machine shop ceilings with translucent panels to increase natural light and reduce the usage periods of light bulbs.
  • Replacement of incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent lamps.
  • Replacement of company cars every three or four years with new low-emission and low fuel consumption ones.
  • Regular maintenance of the Company’s vehicles and machinery.
  • Installation of reflective membranes on the window panes of the company’s buildings to reduce the use of air conditioning during the summer months.
  • Implementation of programmes for replacing plant equipment with newer technology, low energy consumption machines.
  • Use of “Energysaver” technology photocopiers and other machines.
  • Substitution of fuel oil with natural gas for heating, as natural gas is more environment-friendly.

Furthermore, in order to control the consumption of energy in peripheral installations (not directly involved in production, such as workshops, offices, restaurants, meeting rooms etc.) of our business units, we focus on sensitising our employees and on educating them on the rational use of lighting sources and electrical equipment through suitable information campaigns. In parallel, employees are regularly reminded of the available methods to help save energy at the workplace, such as:

  • Shutting down computers and switching off the lights and air conditioning units at the end of the working day.
  • Re-examining the lighting arrangements in areas with excessive lighting fitted with incandescent light bulbs or lighting units in poor condition.
  • Setting thermostat readings to 28°C for heating in the winter and to 21°C for cooling in the summer.