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A good climate pays off.

Occupational Safety and Climate Protection - Every Degree Counts

Many studies prove that the frequency of accidents at work is closely related to the room temperature. Heat at the workplace makes workers feel uncomfortable, which reduces their performance capacity and increases the risk of accidents. Production facilities in particular often need to be air-conditioned in summer. This consumes a lot of energy and is a costly business, especially in view of rising electricity prices.  And the need for air conditioning is set to increase in the future. That is one of the findings of the study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which also draws up the world climate report. According to IPCC , in the course of the 21st century there will be a lot more days with hot and extremely hot temperatures - two to five times as many, depending on the calculated scenario. This poses a special challenge to companies that produce under hot conditions, like nordform Max Storch, a thermoplastics processor.

As the next step, Mr. Knobloch is planning to install solar cells on the factory unit roof. These are meant to capture even more solar heat and help to generate energy. "On top of that, we are going to use the waste heat from the forming process to drive turbines and produce electricity." Fine-tuning of the comprehensive air-conditioning system is planned for 2009. Instead of consuming more electricity for air conditioning, this holistic approach will cut costs on a durable basis. Rainer Knobloch is convinced: "As a company, we benefit from cost savings. Our staff benefits from an improved climate at the workplace, and we all benefit from helping to protect the environment. The quick and easy replacement of the light domes has already had great effects. Now we can go on to plan the next steps."

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