It is not only since the energy price explosion that sedak has been using regenerative energy. The specialists for oversized glass have set themselves a number of targets for 2023 in order to take steps towards even more environmentally friendly production. In 2022 the company already enlarged its existing PV installation on the roof of the main factory.
“With the extension of our PV system we are now able to cover around 80 percent of our electricity requirement using regenerative energy,” said Kevin Berni, Head of Sales and Marketing, pleased about more electricity from the sun.
With its recycling quota of more than 90 percent, glass is a particularly resource-saving building material. But the energy balance of its manufacture leaves a lot of room for improvement as it is energy intensive. Already since 2021, the photovoltaic system has been supplying the company’s location in Gersthofen, Germany, with almost 260,000 kWh annually. The new installation will provide an additional 1,400,000 kWh per year of solar power.
“In total there are more than 4,000 modules with an area of 8,010 square meters,” said Berni. In addition to the PV extension, sedak supports a range of measures from free use of bicycles for employees to economical energy management in the offices and consistent recycling: up to 94 percent of the total waste materials are sorted and recycled. Around 95 percent of the waste from PVB and SG interlayers, for example, goes back to the supplier.