Worlée leads the way on energy efficiency in medium companies
13 May 2015


Worlée-Chemie, with three sites in Germany, has continually sought to reduce its energy consumption in every business area of the company. During the last 10 years, they have been able to increase energy efficiency by 20% percent. Since 2013, Worlée’s energy management has been certified according to ISO 50001. There have also been a significant number of investments, in for example, compressed air, heat recovery and process heating.

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Exemplary energy efficiency performance: Borealis Polymers Oy
09 Dec 2013

Summary: Borealis Polymers is one of the biggest consumers of energy in Finland. Their site in Porvoo consumes approximately 3700 MWh (€170 million). In this case every little improvement in energy efficiency means considerable saving in money. (Main content in Finnish)


Borealis Polymers started actively collecting energy efficiency initiatives from employees. Hundreds of little energy efficiency improvements have arisen from local site workers. Energy efficiency will be a part of job description for the most employees on-site. This will help to react to deviations in consumption.

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GlaxoSmithKline Ulverston – Low Carbon Award Winners 2012
09 Oct 2013

Summary: Backed by a company strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050, the GSK Ulverston site has used a variety of tools and techniques coupled with capital investment to make progress towards this challenging target.Setting annual targets and involving all employees has been at the heart of this successful strategy, helped by initiatives such as reward schemes for good suggestions. However, with such an ambitious, target capital investment is also required and installation of two CHP plants has lead to the largest carbon savings.


Located in a sensitive environment adjacent to Morecambe Bay and the Lake District National Park, in the North West of England, the GSK Ulverston cephalosporin antibiotics production site has delivered a strategy that continues to reduce its carbon footprint, reduce energy costs and enhance its sustainability.

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Robinson Brothers – Low Carbon Award Winners 2008
26 Aug 2013

Summary: Robinson Brothers is a medium sized, family owned speciality chemical manufacturers based in West Bromwich, England. Sustainability is at the heart of the company ethos and business planning. Reducing energy consumption is a key part of their sustainability drive to both reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their energy bills.Their approach has been a mix of steady continual improvement involving educating and utilising the ideas and skills of all their staff combined with larger step-change technologies. Most of what they have achieved is achievable by most SMEs through creating an environment where staff realise the importance of energy efficiency with minimal capital expenditure combined with a management vision to have energy reduction at the cornerstone of their sustainability programme.

Robinsons Award Winners

Established in 1869, Robinson Brothers Limited (RBL) are one of the UK's largest independent manufacturers of speciality organic chemicals. Working to the latest ISO 9000:2008 standards, they offer contract manufacture and custom synthesis from kilo to multi-tonne scale, with particular expertise in:

  • catalytic hydrogenation including chiral hydrogenation,
  • organosulphur chemistry including carbon disulphide and thiolation, and
  • reactions with hazardous reagents including bromine and chlorosulphonic acid.

Their site in the West Midlands, UK includes Kilo-Lab and Pilot Plant units, plus over 200,000l of production scale capacity to enable seamless progression of new projects from development to commercial manufacture.

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