Review 10th Environment Day for German Foundries
Last week the 10th anniversary of the Environment Day took place in Würzburg, Germany. The Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry (BDG) has been organising the Environment Day since 2012 - initially with two events a year, but always alternating between the conference venues in Düsseldorf and Würzburg.
Conceived as a "spin-off" of the information section of the BDG Environment Committee with the aim of more effective association work, the Environment Day has now established itself as a permanent fixture on the agendas of many managing directors, executives and environmental, energy and occupational safety officers in the foundry industry.
Guido Battenstein of FONDIUM Mettmann GmbH opened the anniversary event with a review of the past year, including the forest fires in the Amazon rainforest, current climate policy, the influences of the Fridays for Future (FFF) by the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the emergence of the e-scooters. "Climate protection is suddenly omnipresent," says Battenstein. As a result, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is therefore becoming increasingly important, because it is no longer just about a "green machine", but rather about "green companies".
With the revision of the best available technologies (BREF for short), the environmental policy highlight of each industry par excellence was also intensively examined. Although the German Technical instructions for air purificationg (TA Luft for short) defines the approval requirements for foundries in Germany, these requirements are no longer defined only in Berlin, but mainly in Brussels and Seville. As part of a complex and possibly lengthy process, a comprehensive body of regulations is being developed in cooperation between the EU Commission, national authorities, industry and environmental associations, the stipulations of which will ultimately have a direct impact on the approval of every foundry. For the BDG, co-designing the foundry BREF will be a key task in the coming years.
From these immission control requirements to new substance-related regulations - including carcinogenic substances, quartz fine dust and benzene - to energy-related lectures.
Last but not least, Dr. Udo Pohlmann of Hüttenes-Albertus Chemische Werke GmbH informed about environmentally relevant technical innovations of cold box binder systems.