Koenig & Bauer’s step towards sustainability

First photovoltaic array at Würzburg location

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Koenig & Bauer
Printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer Würzburg, Germany (K&B)

Expanding its own green energy sources at the company headquarters in Würzburg, Germany, printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer is continuing the implementation of its sustainability initiative. The company has set a target for the group’s production facilities to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2030. 

The massive investments in photovoltaic arrays will allow Koenig & Bauer to cover a proportion of its power requirements on the basis of sustainable on-site generation. Besides contributing to climate protection, this aims to boost the level of energy autonomy. The first array is already in use, and more photovoltaic and solar thermal installations are set to follow in the months to come.

Positive impact

At the beginning of October 2022, Koenig & Bauer commissioned a photovoltaic array for on-site power generation on the roof of the Customer Technology Centre at group headquarters in Würzburg. 

An annual yield of around 200,000 kWh of electricity is now available for direct consumption at the Würzburg facility with immediate effect. Based on the specific greenhouse gas emissions for the German power mix overall, the photovoltaic array will benefit the environment by saving more than 80,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year.

Investments in solar thermal

Already in summer 2022, a new hot water system that uses solar thermal modules was commissioned to supply Koenig & Bauer’s factory vocational school in Würzburg. More solar water heating systems are currently being installed at the canteen in Würzburg and in other common areas used by employees. 

In addition to two more photovoltaic arrays that are scheduled for completion at the Würzburg facility this year, concrete plans are also being drawn up to expand green power generation by using photovoltaic installations at the other Koenig & Bauer group locations.

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