Trainees demonstrate their creativity when it comes to climate protection

Three Biberach trainees are amongst the best Energy Scouts of 2019

The award-winning “Energy Scouts” (from left to right): Tobias Tremp, Edin Havic, Achim Harder

The award-winning “Energy Scouts” (from left to right): Tobias Tremp, Edin Havic, Achim Harder

Three trainees at Handtmann in Biberach an der Riß, who have implemented a project aimed at more efficient use of energy and resources in their company, have been recognized for their commitment and their ideas at an event in Berlin. Svenja Schulz, Minister at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and Dr. Eric Schweitzer, President of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), congratulated the Energy Scouts on their creative ideas at a ceremony in the “Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft”.  

“We are pleased that we took part in the Energy Scout project organised by the Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Our trainees now carry out their work in the Group of Companies with greater sensitivity with respect to energy and resource topics, and also look for opportunities to reduce consumption in their private environment. The award ceremony in Berlin was a superb conclusion to the project,” said Patrick Schirmer, Handtmann Training Manager. With the joint project “Cost-effective energy saving due to automation of the holding furnaces”, Achim Harder (mechatronics engineer), Edin Havic (industrial commercial assistant) and Tobias Tremp (electronics technician for industrial engineering) have carried out a project that has led to enormous energy and cost savings within the company.  

CIC Chief Executive Otto Sälzle also view’s the trainees’ qualification as a success story. “The Energy Scouts play an important part in ensuring that progress is made within companies with respect to energy efficiency. It is not only the plants that benefit, but also the trainees themselves who thus acquire additional and important skills for their future professional career.”  

In preparation, the trainees attended workshops on the topics of energy efficiency and measurement technology at the Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and at the Robert Bosch School in Ulm. Using the knowledge they gained there, they then went in search of energy wastage in their own company. All the Energy Scouts found what they were looking for, without exception. From lighting, through energy saving via automation, to the reduction of the air pressure of transportation systems, virtually no energy saving topic went unheeded.  


The Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce offers the “Energy Scout” qualification as part of an energy transformation and climate protection initiative for medium-sized companies – a joint project by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB).  

In total, around 7,000 trainees from approximately 1,700 companies have qualified as Energy Scouts since the beginning of 2014.

Source: IHK Ulm
Photo: Handtmann