The ebm-papst energy scouts project for apprentices

Apprentices have been looking for ways to save energy at ebm-papst since 2010.

The energy scouts project was launched at ebm-papst in November 2010: On their own initiative and equipped with useful technology, young apprentices look for ways to save even more energy.
Whether compressed air is escaping or heat is being lost, the energy scouts find the leaks and repair them.

The project also has the effect of sensitizing the young people to climate protection. They get first-hand experience of how energy can be saved, and the environment thus protected, even by minor measures such as replacing a seal. The energy scouts act on this new knowledge not just at work but at home as well, resulting in an energy-saving snowball effect: a few people start to save energy and inspire those around them, who then do the same and inspire other people, who in turn go on to fill others with enthusiasm for saving energy and protecting the climate.

With the energetic help of the Energyscouts of all German locations, the trainee project could save energy costs of more than 1.000.000 euros.

The energy scouts project has been so successful in different parts of the ebm-papst group that the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) adopted the training programme this year. A total of 33 chambers of commerce and industry all over Germany are now training over 2.500 apprentices in many different companies to be Energyscouts.

The next big milestone for the successful trainee project is the nomination for the 2017 GreenTec-Awardsin Berlin. Whether they will win the coveted prize, will decide on May 12 in Berlin.

The ebm-papst energy scouts use the following equipment for their energy-saving work:

  • A compressed-air leak detector
  • An energy-cost measuring device
  • An infrared thermometer
  • A thermal-imaging camera
  • A project laptop
  • A tool trolley
  • A workplace-analysis measuring device