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Burchhardt organic butcher’s wants to save electricity

Environmental and social responsibility are major issues for Burchhardt Butcher’s in Essen. It’s not only that the business sells exclusively organic meat products from its own farms and promotes organic pig farming. Burchhardt also generates from its photovoltaic (PV) installations far more green electricity than it needs for its own purposes and has now set itself a target of replacing all its conventional lighting with energy-saving LEDs.

Burchhardt Butcher’s is a family business. As early as 1936, grandfather Burchhardt opened a butcher’s shop in Thuringia, which he continued in 1950 on the markets in Essen. In 1987, his son opened the shop on Rellinghauser Straße, which the third generation Bernd Burchhardt took over and has continually updated. He completely switched production to meat from controlled animal husbandry from the Thönes Naturverbund (Nature Association). In November 2006, the family business was certified as an organic butcher’s and now only sells organic products from its own production. All the goods conform to the EU Regulation on Organic Farming, completely avoiding the use of additives such as phosphates, and synthetic or chemical flavour enhancers, emulsifiers and colouring. 

Climate protection objective:

  • exchanging conventional lighting for LEDs

 

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Photo: Burchhardt

Burchhardt Butcher’s is a family business. As early as 1936, grandfather Burchhardt opened a butcher’s shop in Thuringia. In 1987, his son opened the shop on Rellinghauser Straße, which is still there.



Protecting animals, environment and climate 

Bernd Burchhardt has developed a system for the promotion of organic husbandry and animal welfare: with a monthly contribution from members, he is supporting the organic raising of pigs in pasture, and the clients in turn receive a discount in the butcher’s shop. The contribution pays for the piglets, fodder and organic farmers’ wages. The butcher first started generating electricity seven years ago when he installed his first PV unit. Today there are PV arrays on the roofs of both branches. Customers can see from displays the current amount of kilowatt-hours produced, the annual and total amounts generated, as well as the CO2 emissions saved. In this way, customers and suppliers are made aware on the spot of the benefits of energy generation from solar radiation. Now the company runs 18 PV installations on mainly leased roofs in the region.

Burchhardt has set itself a public climate protection target

But the organic butcher’s wanted to do still more to promote climate protection. By publishing its climate protection targets, the business commits itself to further achievements. One declared target is to save energy through switching to LED lighting. Lighting in the sausage plant and in both branches in Bergerhausen and Kupferdreh is being tested for that and 68 conventional lights will be replaced as soon as possible by LEDs.


Photo: Burchhardt

“I like people who think about what they eat, and protect the environment and the climate. I produce green electricity, organic meat, organic sausages, and do my best to save energy. I restrict myself in consumption and production and passionately support the new culture of balance. I gladly share the zest for life, which arises out of that, with all my customers!”

Bernd Burchhardt, Owner of Burchhardt Organic Butcher’s, Master Butcher and electrical engineer




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