RÜGENWALDER MÜHLE

Family business since 1834

RÜGENWALDER MÜHLE

Family business since 1834

Our green electricity is getting even greener

Each year, several million kilowatt hours of electricity pass through our company. Sustainability is not just a buzzword for us: on 1 August 2016, we flicked the switch and changed over entirely to green electricity.

Since 1 January 2019, our green electricity has been provided by ENTEGA.

We opted for a new green electricity provider because we want to make a strong statement about the promotion of renewable energy. In this regard, we were impressed by ENTEGA’s ‘ok power’ label. This label is awarded based on one of the most exacting certification processes for green electricity in Germany.

The EnergieVision association, of which the Öko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology) in Freiburg is a member, monitors the label and inspects the energy providers. Providers like ENTEGA, which are permitted to use the label, therefore guarantee the following:

  • The green electricity is generated entirely from renewable energy, e.g. hydroelectric power, solar energy or wind power.
  • The energy provider actively supports the growth of renewable energy. This means that a certain percentage of the provider’s revenue must be used to build new plants and not just use existing ones. It also means that the promotion of renewable energy must be fostered largely by the provider’s own organisational and financial initiatives.
  • The provider is independent of the four large nuclear power plant operators and has no involvement with lignite plants.

ENTEGA is one of Germany’s leading green electricity providers and meets these requirements. It has not sold atomic energy since 2008; since then it has been investing in the growth of renewable energy. It was therefore one of the first companies to be awarded the ‘Wegbereiter der Energiewende’ (energy transition pioneer) certificate by TÜV SÜD. 

By the way, if you take a look at the various sectors around the world that are responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions, you will see that the generation of energy and the production of food rank near the top of the list. Much higher than transport. For Rügenwalder Mühle, the promotion of renewable energy as an alternative to the use of coal or atomic power stations to generate electricity is just as important to climate protection as the manufacture of plant-based food as an alternative to meat and sausage products. Here at Rügenwalder Mühle we do both.

100% green electricity = 5,000 tons of CO2 less in the atmosphere each year

Everything that is located within our company’s sphere of activity in Bad Zwischenahn – our plant, the Charlottenhof and the mill – is powered by electricity generated by renewable sources. We therefore save 5,000 tons of CO2 every year, roughly equivalent to the amount generated by 500 people.

Our plant

Our Mill

Our Charlottenhof © Timo Lutz Werbefotografie

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