Effizienz im Alltag – Energie

Moderne Klimatechnik und Gebäudedämmung sind wichtige Schritte bei ERGO, um den Energieverbrauch an den großen deutschen Standorten zu minimieren. Aber auch Ökostrom und der verantwortungsbewusste Verbrauch helfen uns dabei, unsere Klimabilanz wie geplant zu verbessern.


An ihrem Hauptsitz in Düsseldorf setzt ERGO für die Deckung des Strom- und Wärmebedarfs auf gasbetriebene Blockheizkraftwerke mit Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung. Für den restlichen Bedarf beziehen wir in unserer Zentrale und an allen großen deutschen Standorten zudem CO2-freien Strom aus erneuerbaren Energien. Bei der DKV in Köln wird ebenfalls die Technik der Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung genutzt, bei der Strom erzeugt wird und die entstehende Wärme direkt am Standort eingesetzt werden kann. Der Einkauf von Strom aus regenerativen Energiequellen und die teilweise Eigenproduktion von Strom und Wärme in den energieeffizienten Blockheizkraftwerken verringerten die CO2-Emissionen.

Up-to-date air-conditioning and building services technology

We are also investing in airconditioning technology; one example is our Cologne location, where innovative optimisation technology creates a perfect mix of interior and exterior air. A complex measurement and regulation system helps the technology meet our requirements in terms of energy- and cost-efficiency and low pollutant levels. The eco-friendly engineering fitted in our new Düsseldorf building, constructed in 2011, works along similar lines, with a ceiling cooling system helping to efficiently regulate the building’s temperature. Even back when the ERGO tower as a part of our headquarters at Victoriaplatz in Düsseldorf was opened at the end of the 1990s, the building featured state-of-the-art technology, and received the 1999 Intec FM award for its innovative energy management systems.

Lower data volumes mean reduced energy use

ERGO cuts energy consumption in its IT systems by regularly updating its hardware and reminding employees to delete files they no longer need, because lower data volumes take up less server capacity and therefore reduce energy requirements. We are replacing PCs with energy-saving network computers and installing highly energy-efficient tele-phone systems and lighting. We also run various campaigns to raise awareness among our colleagues of the impact of their actions on the environment and the need to use resources carefully and sparingly.

Energy-saving tips and consumption monitoring

Employees can find information on saving energy in ERGO intranet, where a whole range of practical eco-tips and recommendations are waiting for those interested in saving energy. Many of them are well-known, such as opening windows wide for a short time rather than just a little for longer, avoiding leaving computers in standby mode or taking the stairs rather than the lift. However, many people need reminding when it comes to actually putting these ideas consistently into practice in our daily routines..

The intranet helps out here by providing practical examples: For instance, turning your thermostat down by one degree cuts energy consumption by six percent.

You can find detailed information in our key environmental indicators