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Oettinger has become one of the largest breweries in Germany thanks to its successful concept of offering “top quality at attractive prices” and has received numerous prizes over the years. Last year, it came in second place for the 2014 Energy Efficiency Award: this award was presented to the company’s site in Mönchengladbach in recognition of its commitment to environmental protection and energy management. One of the central features here was the wastewater treatment system built and managed by REMONDIS Aqua.
Almost four years ago, REMONDIS Aqua was commissioned by Oettinger to optimise its water management system at its brewery in Mönchengladbach. This branch, situated in the Lower Rhine region, is Oettinger’s second-largest production site in Germany. It is not only home to the company’s engineering and technology centre, purchasing department and central national and international quality assurance but also to control and logistics and technical support for licensing abroad.
The wastewater treatment system built and operated by REMONDIS Aqua in Mönchengladbach has been used to produce energy since 2013. It is run using REMONDIS Aqua’s state-of-the-art RE²ENERGY® process. This not only ensures that the water is treated and cleaned to a very high standard but also recycles the contents in the wastewater to produce energy.
REMONDIS Aqua is the leading supplier of innovative industrial water management contracting models – and not only in the drinks and food industry.
The biogas produced by the unit is then used in the brewery’s boiler house to heat up the process water. This considerably reduces Oettinger’s consumption of natural gas. At the same time, carbon emissions can be slashed by up to 2.3 million kilograms each year if the RE²ENERGY® facility is used to full capacity – the equivalent of the carbon emissions of around twelve million car miles a year.
“The innovative project for recovering energy from wastewater is exemplary, as it stands out from the more usual energy-efficiency measures,” was the statement given by the panel of judges when presenting the company with the 2014 Energy Efficiency Award. Franz Herrmann, energy manager at the brewery, also believes that the prize-winning wastewater treatment facility is a significant innovation: “The system was introduced in Mönchengladbach as a pilot project and will serve as a model for the other breweries in the Oettinger Group.”
Oettinger places great importance on deploying state-of-the-art technology, as it helps to make processes more efficient and resource-friendly. Having undergone a number of modernisation and expansion phases over the last few years, the Mönchengladbach site is now considered to be one of the most modern production sites in Europe.
Since then, Oettinger has received a number of other awards for the excellent set-up and performance of its breweries. In the spring, for example, Johannes Remmel, Minister for Agriculture for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), presented the company with the 2014 NRW State Prize for Food. This was followed in the middle of the year by the Federal Award of Honour presented by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture. This is the highest honour that a brewery can be awarded for its quality services.
This family-run business was founded in the Bavarian town of Oettingen in 1731. Today, the Oettinger Group has a workforce of around 1,100 employees and is one of the largest breweries in Germany. Each year, the group’s four production sites fill approx. two billion bottles and cans with beer, beer-mix drinks and soft drinks which are then sold all around the world.