A better, sustainable future is possible – if we want it.
Global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels must be stopped and reversed without further delays.
Can industrial companies spear-head this green transformation?
Yes we can!
Off the shelf technology can significantly reduce CO2 emissions now.
Ideas to make a green transition in your company
In less than 5 years, we have shifted our energy consumption so that we no longer use fossil fuels in our production or for heating. Our transition rests on three pillars:
In the period from 2016 to 2021, we have invested in a series of green and energy efficient solutions so that we have:
We replaced all light sources with LED lighting which cut our consumption of electricity for that year by 20 %.
We purchased a fibre laser cutter which cost approx. 20 % more than a traditional CO2 laser cutter but consumes approx. 1/3 of the energy for the cutting process.
We purchased a bending machine with a higher output, but lower energy consumption due to a more intelligent control system.
We installed air curtain heaters above the sectional doors in the production areas. The heaters blow hot air over the door opening when the door is open. This curtain of hot air traps heat in the winter and also reduces draught in the production areas.
We replaced gas-fuelled forklift trucks with electric forklift trucks.
We started changing the heating in one of our production buildings to electric heating instead of gas.
We installed two solar panel systems which annually generate 200 000 kWh.
We replaced the ventilation system in one of the offices so gas is no longer used for heating. Better ventilation control reduced power consumption.
We set up 10 charging points for electric cars.
We started selecting steel suppliers based on the CO2 emissions from the production of the steel and subsequent transport to our facility. Some steel mills emit approx. 3 times more CO2 when producing the same type of steel. We have decided to buy from the manufacturers with the lowest carbon emissions.
We replaced 4 fossil fuel cars with electric cars.
We built a new 2 500 m2 surface treatment facility. Green solutions were included in this project from the start. The building has extra insulation when comparing to the current regulatory requirements.
The heating for the painting process and the facility itself is generated by air-to-water electric heat pumps instead of gas (normally a requirement in the local zoning plan, but the municipality accepted that we do not use gas). This meant that we could withdraw an oil-fired boiler from use when the old spray paint booth was dismantled. This boiler used approx. 11 000 l of heating oil annually. Two heat exchangers recover
approx. 75 % of the heat from the painting process.
On the roof of the building, we installed our third solar panel system with an annual capacity of 220 000 kWh.
We then installed our fourth solar panel system with an annual capacity of 180 000 kWh.
We installed our fifth solar panel system with an annual capacity of over 400 000 kWh. For this system, we completed all steel and installation works ourselves to keep the work in-house and use our own employees during the Covid-19 crisis.
We installed 5 batteries with a total capacity of 400 kWh so we can use solar power for operation at night and in the early morning hours when the sun is low in the sky. The system is designed to be expanded with another 7 batteries giving us sufficient capacity to run on batteries for one full day.
We replaced the remaining gas burners used for heating with heat pumps. This saves the burning of approx. 80 000 m3 of gas annually.
We replaced 4 additional fossil fuel cars with electric cars.
We added insulation in our oldest production building.
Together with like-minded companies we formed an alliance, Gaia, to provide mutual inspiration for the green transition. Read more here: GAIA (webpage in Danish).
We received our first electric lorry.
We installed 7 additional batteries. Total capacity is now 943 kWh
We installed 2 additional heat exchangers for our factory.
We made an agrement with a steel supplier to have our steel transported with trucks running on HVO diesel. Read more here: aGreenment (webpage in Danish).
We set up an internal climate comittee with employee participation to further reduce our emissions.
The total investment is approx. DKK 17 000 000.
The annual savings on energy and reduced maintenance costs in 2022 amount to more than DKK 3 580 000.
The operating costs for electric cars are approx. 50 % lower per kilometre travelled when comparing to cars with combustion engines.
We will reduce our carbon footprint from the purchase of steel and transport by more 80 % in the period from 2021 to 2028.
The Danish Concrete Society work hard to reduce CO2 emissions from the production of concrete. Haarup is committed to assist this process as much as possible. Read more here: Sustainable Concrete Initiative.
We hope that your company can find specific ideas for your green transition here.
Switching to 100 % green energy takes time and requires willpower and focus. For this reason, working with experienced partners is key.
If you find good suppliers, you will need to spend less man-hours internally on the green transition. This will allow you to continue to focus on your core business. A relatively small investment of time and money will go a long way.
Below is a list of suppliers that we can recommend. Feel free to contact Hans Christensen, Managing Director, for further information.
The 12 batteries have a total capacity of 943 kWh. The batteries reduce fluctuations between the output from the solar panels and the energy consumption from the production. Extra energy is saved for night operation and for the first 3 hours of the workday when the power production from the solar panels is not yet high enough to meet all our energy needs.
The batteries are designed for installation outdoors. There are eight 10-kWh battery cell units in each cabinet. These battery units consist of lithium-ion batteries which are also used in modern electric cars. The battery cells are manufactured in Great Britain and the rest of the system including its software is produced in Denmark by Xolta.
The batteries not only enable Haarup Maskinfabrik to use our solar panels more efficiently, but they also support the stability of the public power network.
We use high-quality solar panels from LG manufactured in South Korea. The usable area on our roofs is limited. To maximize the use of this area, we have decided to install solar panels with a high output. LG solar panels come with a warranty of no less than 25 years. The optimal number to buy is a multiple of 650 panels which is the number of panels shipped in one container.
We use inverters from solaredge. They ensure optimal use of the solar panels and effectively cancel out the impact of any shadows on the panels.
All 5 systems have been designed, installed and maintained by Sveigaard, a small but highly competent company that handles both domestic and international projects. We are very satisfied with their work.
All our heat pumps are air-to-water heat pumps. They have replaced our gas burners and not only reduced our energy costs but have also cut our maintenance costs by more than 50 %.
For our spray paint shop we have installed two 200-kW heat pumps from DVI through Moldow, the supplier of the equipment for the paint shop.
DVI energi (webpage in Danish)
We use 19 120-kW heat pumps from Vølund installed by Kjellerup VVS for the heating of our buildings.
Vølund Varmeteknik (webpage in Danish)
Kjellerup VVS (webpage in Danish)
Salten El supplied LED lighting and executed all electrical installation works.
Salten El (webpage in Danish)
Air curtain heaters above sectional doors are supplied by Stavoklima from the Czech Republic. Use electric heaters - not gas heaters.
Energy efficient fibre laser cutter and bending machine are supplied by Trumpf from Germany.
Electric cars and platform truck.
We use thousands of tons of steel every year. Steel production accounts for approx. 8 % of the world's direct emissions of greenhouse gases through the burning of fossil fuels. On average, the emissions for each ton of steel produced amount to
1 800 kg CO2.
We buy steel from wholesalers and steel mills that can supply steel with the lowest emissions per ton of steel produced. At present, the lowest CO2 emissions that we have found are approx. 550 kg CO2 per ton of steel.
Luckily, there are steel producer that are working hard on the transition to a sustainable production. One example is a production method developed by the Swedish company SSAB where steel can be produced without any CO2 emissions. Soon this technology will be introduced at their mills worldwide. This will then push their competitors to also step up a gear. At Haarup, we will be able to buy this type of steel already from 2025.
The development of sustanible heavy transport is moving forward fast! The first electric trucks with a reasonable range are being introduced on the market. Here are some examples:
While we wait for more heavy transport using green energy, we will optimize our use of transport so that as little fuel as possible will be used.
Our own service vehicles run on diesel. As soon as we can buy an electric van with a range of 700 km that can be charged quickly, we will replace our service vehicles. Mercedes, just give us a call when you are ready!
When using air travel, we currently only have the option of using the most progressive airline. In our opinion, that is KLM.