Staatlich Bad Meinberger Mineralbrunnen

Close ties with nature

For more than 250 years, Bad Meinberg mineral water has been extracted from springs in the Egge Hills in the Teutoburg Forest in the south of Germany. The company handling the business, the Staatlich Bad Meinberger Mineralbrunnen GmbH & Co. KG, feels an obligation towards people and nature in the area, and therefore makes climate protection a key element of its corporate philosophy. By introducing a range of optimisation measures, the family-run company has reduced its CO2 emissions by around 4,500 tonnes since 2013 – and has set itself further climate protection targets for the future.

Since 1767, Bad Meinberg mineral water from Horn-Bad Meinberg in Ostwestfalen-Lippe has been valued and bottled for its therapeutic properties, making it available to people who do not live in the vicinity of the springs. Nowadays, the Staatlich Bad Meinberger Mineralbrunnen GmbH & Co. KG – a family-run company with around 100 employees – is responsible for production. The company has taken over the legacy of the mineral water business and has been owner-managed as an independent family-run company for more than 20 years.

Climate protection objective:

  • For 2018, the target is to reduce the consumption of electricity by 2 per cent and gas by 5 per cent.

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Photo: Staatlich Bad Meinberger Mineralbrunnen GmbH & Co. KG

Company headquarters in Horn-Bad Meinberg in Ostwestfalen

More efficient production as the key to climate protection

Climate protection is a topic that has been firmly established in the company for many years. New machines are selected with regard to their efficiency and the possibility of recycling (such as the new bottle washing machine, which works at a lower temperature), and in addition, employees are constantly made aware of these issues. Since 2013, all the production processes have also been systematically optimised, particularly in terms of energy use, in order to improve the company’s climate footprint: this includes the ventilation system and the production and use of heating and electricity. Amongst other things, a combined heat and power (CHP) unit with a thermal capacity of 40 kWh and an electrical capacity of 20 kWh has been installed. The switch of the production hall lights from halogen halide lamps to LEDs has more than halved the power consumed by lighting.

The largest single project over recent years was the installation of a new cleaning-in-place (CIP) system, which makes it possible to clean the production facilities without disassembly. The previous equipment was replaced in 2017 by a new system with an attached rework tank and a new decarbonisation facility. The system ensures that around eight of the ten cubic metres of cleaning agent currently used (a mixture of water and chemicals) can be collected, neutralised and utilised in the initial wash of the subsequent cleaning cycle. Further efficiency benefits are achieved through the location of the new machine, which reduces the length of the pipelines and therefore also water consumption. The new decarbonisation facility is located directly next to the CIP system. This means that the rinse water from the latter can also be fed into the rework tank, reducing the amount of water needed for the decarbonisation process by about 50 per cent. In addition, the machine control system, which is directly linked to the building control system, and an innovative switch for heating significantly reduce energy consumption compared to conventional CIP systems. The measures involved in the installation of the new cleaning-in-place facility save a total of more than 100,000 kWh of process energy (more than 20 tonnes of CO2 equivalents) and about 4,500 cubic metres of water per year.

Pioneer in the industry

Compared to 2013, overall current annual savings (02/2019) stand at more than one million kWh of electricity and more than 3.5 million kWh of gas, which equates to about 1,250 tonnes of CO2. The company has thus achieved results that are significantly above average within its own industrial sector .

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Counselling centers:
  • Effizienz-Agentur NRW (EFA)

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