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Daily press, 2011-01-27, 10:32 AM

Energy efficiency: Elevators from ThyssenKrupp Elevator achieve top ratings

The machine-room-less elevator “synergy” from ThyssenKrupp Elevator is a real space-saver. It can be integrated into any building design and gives architects greater creative freedom. It also sets environmental benchmarks. TÜV SÜD recently gave a “synergy” elevator in Köthen (Germany) an energy efficiency class “A” rating, the highest rating under VDI guideline 4707 which is valid throughout Europe. It is particularly worth mentioning that this top rating was achieved by a real installation in normal daily operation. But it’s not just new products from ThyssenKrupp Elevator that deliver outstanding results. Existing systems can also be upgraded to achieve significant energy savings. For example, TÜV SÜD certified an elevator system in Heilbronn (Germany) as energy efficiency class “A” in standby and class “B” in travel operation. This was made possible by modernizing parts of the control system and drive and installing the “lights out during standby” function.

VDI guideline 4707 defines seven energy efficiency classes (“A” to “G”) for elevators. The objective is to design energy efficiency into elevators so as to sustainably reduce their environmental impact. The guideline provides a basis for measuring and calculating energy requirements and consumption to allow evaluation and labeling based on standardized criteria.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator has attached high priority to the environmental performance of its products and production processes for many years. A great deal has already been achieved. Now ThyssenKrupp Elevator is going a key step further with the introduction of its new “sustainable efficiency” program. The central objectives: to establish topics such as environmental protection and social responsibility as fixed elements of the corporate culture, and to bring human and environmental needs into balance with business interests.

The program centers on the sustainability cycle for the entire product range. This holistic approach – from material selection to manufacturing, from operation and service to recycling – is aimed at achieving significant energy and CO2 savings. But ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s philosophy goes much further: Developing eco-friendly products, implementing low-emission manufacturing methods, training employees, social commitment and reliable documentation of all measures in accordance with international standards are integral components of “sustainable efficiency”.

“The global effects of climate change show how important the topic of sustainability is in securing the basic essentials of life. Global companies like ThyssenKrupp Elevator are particularly called upon to take responsibility for protecting the environment and the community,” says Dr. Olaf Berlien, Executive Board Chairman of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG. “With sustainable efficiency we are creating new benchmarks in our industry and setting the direction for the future of our company.”

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