USA, here we come!

The successful project of the ebm-papst Energy Scouts goes international. They're looking for energy wasters at their company – equipped with instruments like a thermal imaging camera and a compressed-air measuring device – and help save considerable costs.

The ebm-papst apprentices are already well prepared for their trip to the US (from left to right) Timo Sigmeth, Eva-Maria Wolfart and Lukas Kübler.

From 1 to 7 June three apprentices of the fan and motor manufacturer ebm-papst with headquarters in Mulfingen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg will travel to the US. There they want to present their successful "Energy Scouts" project, which has existed since 2010, and sensitize people to the topics of climate protection, energy efficiency and sustainability initiated by President Barack Obama.

"We must now also begin internationally to reduce worldwide energy consumption and protect our resources. That's because the world's population will continue to grow and the conflicts over resources will become more acute." Eva-Maria Wolfart, one of the energy scouts on the trip to the US, is convinced of it.

In addition to the presentation at the company's branch office in Farmington, Connecticut, the apprentices will give lectures and practical training at interested companies, such as the laser specialist Trumpf, resident high schools and at the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

"We would be proud," said 18-year-old Wolfart, who is in her second-year apprenticeship as a management assistant for office communications at ebm-papst, "if we were to succeed in achieving a kick-off for American energy scouts, like our predecessors in Germany." In the past year, the Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag (DIHK – Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce) picked up on the idea of the ebm-papst energy scouts and has adopted it as a nationwide training program within its chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs). To date, approximately 1,000 energy scouts have been trained nationwide at 33 IHKs.

A highlight for the apprentices, whose project has achieved a reduction in energy costs of approximately €1 million up until now at ebm-papst alone, is a meeting with Elliott Harris, Director of the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) New York Office and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General. The three energy scouts are looking forward to the exchange and hope that their project can be an example of how great things can be achieved with small steps.

Hauke Hannig
ebm-papst group Press Spokesperson
Phone: +49 7938 81-7105