Kim Karotki

Klasmann-Deilmann equips trai­nees to help save the climate

Klasmann-Deilmann sup­ports its juni­or staff in their cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion efforts and enab­les trai­nees Anna Borg­mann and Elwin Jan­zen to take part in the ‘Trai­ning trai­nees to be cli­ma­te pilots’ seminar.

This trai­ning event is the pro­duct of a coope­ra­ti­ve arran­ge­ment bet­ween the His­to­ri­cal and Eco­lo­gi­cal Edu­ca­ti­on Cent­re (HÖB) in Papen­burg, the Ener­gy Effi­ci­en­cy Agen­cy of the Ems­land district and the Cli­ma­te Cent­re at Werl­te. It is sup­por­ted by the Lower Sax­o­ny Cli­ma­te and Ener­gy Agen­cy (KEAN). The chief aim of the ‘Trai­ning trai­nees to be cli­ma­te pilots’ semi­nar is to intro­du­ce young employees to cli­ma­te chan­ge and its miti­ga­ti­on – to shar­pen their minds regar­ding this issue so they can, in turn, acquaint their col­leagues and other peop­le with the topic.

I think it’s important to be as well-infor­med about cli­ma­te chan­ge as pos­si­ble – and to learn what we can do to stop it, both at home and at work. We need to keep the impact as low as pos­si­ble,” says pro­spec­ti­ve Indus­tri­al Busi­ness Admi­nis­tra­tor Anna Borg­mann, exp­lai­ning what moti­va­ted her to attend the semi­nar. Rai­sing awa­reness, espe­cial­ly among young peop­le, of the con­se­quen­ces of cli­ma­te chan­ge is, for her, an effec­ti­ve way of coun­te­ring the­se effects on a sus­tai­ned basis and deve­lo­ping mea­su­res aimed at pre­ven­ting unne­cessa­ry envi­ron­men­tal damage.

In the semi­nar (which las­ted four days over­all), spea­kers from the HÖB and the Cli­ma­te Cent­re pro­vi­ded the par­ti­ci­pants – who came from a varie­ty of sec­tors and are trai­ning for dif­fe­rent care­ers – with foun­da­tio­nal know­ledge of cli­ma­te chan­ge. This under­stan­ding was deepe­ned as the trai­ning event con­ti­nued. Employees of various com­pa­nies repor­ted on their own expe­ri­ence and the trai­nees went on a tour of the Cli­ma­te Cent­re, at which dif­fe­rent forms of hea­ting and buil­ding insu­la­ti­on were demons­tra­ted. “The effect of good and bad insu­la­ti­on on ener­gy con­sump­ti­on was striking,” says Elwin Jan­zen, who is trai­ning to be an indus­tri­al mecha­nic at Klasmann-Deilmann.

The bud­ding cli­ma­te pilots also explo­red ano­t­her important aspect – cos­ts. They recei­ved a demons­tra­ti­on from an entre­pre­neur which show­ed that mea­su­res to pro­tect the cli­ma­te can also save cos­ts. For orga­ni­sa­ti­ons, inclu­ding Klasmann-Deilmann, the pro­gres­si­ve chan­geo­ver to a sus­tainab­le ener­gy sup­ply is not only cli­ma­te-friend­ly – with cor­po­ra­te-owned short-rota­ti­on fores­try plan­ta­ti­ons and wood­chip hea­ting faci­li­ties in the case of Klasmann-Deilmann– but also makes good busi­ness sense.

Sum­ming up, Anna Borg­mann and Elwin Jan­zen repor­ted that they had enri­ched their exis­ting know­ledge and lear­ned new things as well. Cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion is an issue they are alrea­dy brin­ging up with fami­ly, friends and col­leagues. “The­re are so many ways to make a dif­fe­rence,” says Anna Borg­mann. “Exact­ly,” adds Elwin Jan­zen, “you can turn off stand­by mode on your TV, sepa­ra­te rub­bish, and the com­pa­ny can retro­fit old machine­ry – there’s a lot you can do.”